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Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop - ND XV June 21-24, 2023

Conference Theme: Communicating Astronomy

The theme for NDXV is communicating astronomy. How is astronomical knowledge and expertise communicated, both within and beyond the astronomical community? Communication might include means of transferring or transmitting data between astronomers and other practitioners—involving issues of standardization, uniformity, and translation—or between experts and their instruments, as well as across disciplinary boundaries and to the wider public. How is knowledge produced and transformed through these processes? How have changes in tools and methods of communication impacted astronomy? Papers exploring methods and aspects of communicating astronomy in any context, geographical region, or time period are welcome. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to: manuscripts and their circulation; epistolary networks; print culture and scholarly publishing; the use of diagrams and other visual resources to present data, concepts, and theories; communication technologies and devices; and the popularization of astronomy through print, performance, and broadcasting.

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. Posters for display and discussion are also an option.

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, and proposals from graduate students and recent PhDs are especially welcomed.

Proposals for papers or posters 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.

All proposals, including a one-page CV for all presenters, should be sent by 15 February 2023 (now extended from 1 February 2023), to Elizabeth Hamm at Submissions will be shared with the review committee (listed online). Final decisions on paper and session acceptance will be announced around March 1. 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

Call for proposals: NDXV Workshop CFP.pdf

Conference flyer 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, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), the College of Science’s Nieuwland Lecture Series, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Physics of the University of Notre Dame, and the Program of Liberal Studies of the University of Notre Dame, and the Adler Planetarium.

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