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Astrology in Time and Place: Cross-Cultural Questions in the History of Astrology

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  • P.shah
    This call for papers may be of interest. Best wishes, Prakash Shah ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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      This call for papers may be of interest.

      Best wishes,
      Prakash Shah

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      > University of Wales Trinity Saint David
      >
      > The Sophia Centre, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology
      >
      > Call for Papers
      >
      > Astrology in Time and Place: Cross-Cultural Questions in the History of
      > Astrology
      >
      > Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, England
      >
      > Date: 23-24 June 2012
      >
      > http://www.historyofastrology.org.uk/conferences/TimeAndPlace/
      >
      > Conference Chairs: Nicholas Campion and Dorian Greenbaum
      >
      > Contact: Nicholas Campion, n.campion@...
      >
      > Call for Papers
      >
      > We invite abstracts this academic conference which will consider the
      > questions which arise from the transmission of ideas in the theory and
      > practice of astrology. Such transmission may be between cultures or
      > through time in the same culture. Issues may also be addressed of
      > comparison between cultures.
      >
      > Astrology is ‘the practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and
      > events on earth, and the tradition that has thus been generated’
      > (Patrick Curry). It has been practised in some form in most cultures. In
      > some it is rudimentary, in others complex. It may be considered magical,
      > religious or scientific, or it may defy categorisation. There is
      > evidence of the transmission of ideas in the near east between Egypt,
      > Greece and Mesopotamia, and between the Near East, India and East Asia.
      > In Mesoamerica and China technical forms arose which were entirely
      > different to the Near Eastern tradition. Syncretism has been a major
      > feature of astrology in India, Persia and Europe down to modern New Age
      > culture and the globalisation of alternative spiritualities.
      >
      > This conference will consider questions surrounding the exchange of
      > astrological ideas or practice between cultures, issues arising from
      > their transmission from one period to another, or consider comparisons
      > between the astrologies of different cultures. Papers may focus on
      > iconography, literature, theory, practice, philosophy or cultural context.
      >
      > Our keynote speakers will be
      >
      > Professor Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute), Professor of the History
      > of Islamic Influences in Europe at The Warburg Institute. Professor
      > Burnett received his PhD from Cambridge University, and has been a
      > Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, a Leverhulme
      > Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, a Distinguished Visiting
      > Professor in Medieval Studies in the University of California at
      > Berkeley and Visiting Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität,
      > Munich (2009).
      >
      > Professor David Pankenier, whose books include East Asian
      > Archaeoastronomy: Historical Records of Astronomical Observations of
      > China, Japan, and Korea, (with Xu, Zhenoao and Yaotiao Jiang, Amsterdam:
      > Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 2000) and Bringing Heaven Down to
      > Earth: Celestial Foundations of Chinese Civilisation (Cambridge:
      > Cambridge University Press, 2012).
      >
      > Professor Francesca Rochberg, one of the foremost authorities on
      > Mesopotamian astrology and its transmission to the Hellenistic world,
      > and author of The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy and Astronomy
      > in Mesopotamian Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)
      > and In the Path of the Moon: Babylonian Celestial Divination and its
      > Legacy (Leiden: Brill, 2010).
      >
      > Professor Michael York, former Professor of Cultural Astronomy and
      > Astrology at Bath Spa University, and author of The Emerging Network: A
      > Sociology of the New Age and Neo-Pagan Movements (London: Rowan and
      > Littlefield, 1995) and Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion, New
      > York: New York University Press, 2003).
      >
      > Proposals are invited for papers of 30 minutes, to include discussion.
      > All papers will be plenary sessions.
      >
      > Abstracts should be around 150 words. Please include a brief biography
      > of c.50-100 words.
      >
      > Speakers will not have to register for the conference.
      >
      > Selected proceedings will be published by the Sophia Centre Press.
      >
      > Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr Nicholas
      > Campion n.campion@...
      >
      > Deadline 15 December 2011
      >
      >


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