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Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop - ND XII June 24–28, 2015


The Twelfth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop took place 24-28 June 2015 at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, including a one-day trip to the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago.

Invited Speaker

This year’s invited speaker is Michio Yano, professor at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan and chief editor of SCIAMVS, an international journal for the history of exact sciences in antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Workshop Details

Details about this year's workshop are available through the below links:

Registration and housing arrangements is similar this year to prior years. Registration is now available, please click here.

Registration includes bus transport to and from, and two meals at, the Adler on Friday, June 26; the banquet on Saturday, June 27; and light refreshments throughout the workshop. Housing will be in one of Notre Dame’s dorms; single and double rooms will be available. Note that additional Chicago trip and banquet tickets can be purchased from a single registration.

Conference Theme: Astronomy and Authority

Authority is a perennial and perplexing issue in astronomy. For the Twelfth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, we invite submissions that explore the theme of astronomy and authority. Who controls the production and dissemination of astronomical information? What are the purposes for which that information is used? What sorts of evidence and influence are exercised in establishing astronomical theory and practice? What roles do instruments and wealth play in matters of astronomical authority? What are the ways in which astronomical investigation reflects philosophical, cultural, or political differences between competing traditions? How is astronomical authority undermined? As in previous years, we expect that the theme can encompass a number of different time periods and geographical locations. Proposals that directly address the theme will receive preferential treatment.

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