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Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop - ND XIV June 19-23, 2019


The Fourteenth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop will be held 19-23 June 2019 at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and will include a one-day trip to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Call for Proposals is open

The call for session and individual paper proposals has opened with proposals due by 1 February 2019. Please →click here← for details.

Workshop Details

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

Conference Theme: Images in the History of Astronomy

This year’s theme focuses on the impact that images, both captured and created, have had on the history of astronomy. With this theme, we recognize a broad variety of images that have served as a medium for advances and discoveries in astronomy, including early depictions of constellations and cosmologies; the many centuries of images created to record and convey astronomical knowledge; artistic and symbolic uses of astronomical imagery; the development of the telescope, the camera, and other technologies for manipulating and capturing physical images; and the ongoing research use and potent societal impact of astronomical photography and visual data-representations today. As in previous years, this theme is intended to encompass a number of different time periods and geographical locations.

Invited Speaker

Our invited speaker will be Omar Nasim, Professor for the History of Science at the University of Regensburg, Germany, whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the practices of visualization and image-making in the observational sciences, especially 19th- and 20th-century astronomy. In his book Observing by Hand: Sketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century, winner of the History of Science Society’s Pfizer Award in 2016, Dr. Nasim brought both historical depth and philosophical insight into examining the rich and productive relationship between the acts of seeing, drawing, and knowing. With ongoing research in the history of astrophotography, Omar Nasim continues to explore the way images and visual representations are constructed, and how such constructions reflect a complex and dynamic interplay between science, technology, philosophy, and even art.

Adler-Mansfield Prize

The Adler Planetarium will bestow the Adler-Mansfield Prize on the author of an outstanding presentation given during the 2019 History of Astronomy Workshop. The award includes a modest stipend and travel expenses to the Adler Planetarium if the awardee wishes to carry out onsite research in the Adler’s collections.

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