Biennial History of Astronomy Workshops
In 1993 the first Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop took place at the University of Notre Dame and launched what has become a stimulating forum for scholars of all levels and interests in the history of astronomy. Notable has been the workshop's attention to the teaching of the history of astronomy as well as the warm welcome given to graduate students and independent scholars.
A workshop typically attracts 60-65 scholars who take part in a thematic program of talks, panel discussions, and, in some years, hands-on demonstrations. All aspects of the history of astronomy receive attention and across all time periods. Furthermore, the workshop's residential format ensures ample time outside of the scheduled meetings for participants to converse. When the weather allows, a visit to the Notre Dame Observatory is usually planned.
An evening banquet with a well-known speaker tops off the workshop and helps to make this biennial gathering much anticipated among historians of astronomy.
Upcoming Workshop / Call for Proposals
The Eleventh Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop is scheduled for June 12–16, 2013, at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and will include a one-day trip to the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago.
The invited speaker will be F. Jamil Ragep, the Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies and Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
The conference theme will be “Diffusion of Astronomical Knowledge Across and Within Cultures.” Further details about this upcoming workshop, including the call for session and individual proposals, are available on the Upcoming Workshop page.
(download the workshop announcement here)
(download the public lecture poster here)
|Acknowledgments: Generous support for the workshop is provided by the Graduate Program in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, along with the Adler Planetarium.|