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Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop - ND XIV June 19-22, 2019

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.

Call for Proposals

We will accept proposals for both papers and sessions.

Single papers will probably have to be 15–20 minutes in length, depending upon the number of submissions.

Organized sessions, with multiple papers addressing a particular question or topic, can contain papers of longer length, but must incorporate significant time for discussion. Proposals that directly address the workshop theme (see above) will receive preferential treatment.

Proposals for papers should include a title and a one-paragraph abstract; session proposals should identify all presenters as well as titles and one-paragraph abstracts for each presenter as well as the session’s overall abstract.

Proposals from graduate students and recent PhDs are especially welcomed.

Call for proposals flyer: NDXIV Call for Proposals.pdf

Conference poster as PDF file - please post and circulate.

All proposals, including a one-page CV for all presenters, should be sent by (new date of) February 15, 2019, to Elizabeth Hamm at All submissions will be shared with the organizing committee: Stephen Case, Jacqueline Feke, Elizabeth Hamm, Pedro Raposo, Sarah Reynolds, and Scott Trigg. Final decisions on paper and session acceptance will be announced early to mid-March. All presenters will be expected to register for the workshop and pay the registration fee.

Questions regarding the workshop may be addressed to Sarah J. Reynolds at

If you wish to propose a paper or session making use of items in the Adler Planetarium collections, please contact the Adler Planetarium’s curator, Pedro Raposo, at prior to submitting a proposal. To search the collections, please go to

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