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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

The Thirteenth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop will be held 5-9 July 2017 at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, including a one-day trip to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Update: The call for session and individual proposals closed on 1 March 2017; final decisions on paper and session acceptance are planned by April 1. Please see the Upcoming Workshop page for additional details.

For this workshop, the organizers have set Models and Mechanisms in the History of Astronomy as its theme.

The invited speaker for ND XIII will be Emeritus Professor Mike G. Edmunds of Cardiff University and former Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Edmunds will give a public lecture on Wednesday July 5 at 7:00 pm - please see the workshop Program for details.

Conference poster as PDF file - please post and circulate.

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.
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