University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture,

School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

 

 

 Thirteenth Sophia Centre conference, 'Astrology as Art: Representation and Practice'

Date: 27-28 June 2015

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, England

 

 

Keynote Speakers

Professor Hilary Carey, Professor of Imperial & Religious History, University of Bristol.

Dr Spike Bucklow, Senior Research Scientist and Teacher of Theory at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

 

Conference theme

Astrology is often described as an art. However, the implications of this statement are rarely, if ever, discussed. At the same time the zodiac, stars and planets have often been a source of inspiration for artists. Yet the meaning of what is portrayed, and the intent of the artist, are rarely considered.  In what sense is astrology an art, and in what ways does it become the subject of artistic representation? This academic conference will consider the relationship between astrology and art.

 

See here for speakers and abstracts

http://www.sophia-project.net/conferences/AstrologyAsArt/speakers.php

 

See here for booking

http://www.sophia-project.net/conferences/AstrologyAsArt/booking.php

 

 

Professor Hilary Carey
Professor of Imperial & Religious History, University of Bristol
 

Dr Spike Bucklow
Senior Research Scientist and Teacher of Theory at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Lower Astrology and Silent Poetry

 

Dr Darrelyn Gunzburg
Department of History of Art, University of Bristol, and Sophia Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Motif and memory within the zodiac constellations in art: a 'pittura' franca

 

Speakers

Reza Assasi, MA
A Bull-Slayer encompassed by zodiac signs: revisiting Mithraic Art

Dr Catherine Blackledge
Lily and Art

Dr Bernadette Brady
The art of detachment, the role of the horoscope in the practice of astrology

Dr Liana De Girolami Cheney
The zodiac signs of Otranto Cathedral, Puglia: Signification of Vice and Virtue

Ruth Clydesdale, MA
Seeing the World Soul: Ficino and Talismanic Art

Barbara Dunn
Joining 'arte and nature together':The Astrological Cosmology of Early Modern Astrologer-Physicians

Dr Richard Dunn
Picturing the practitioner: notes towards an iconography of astrological practice

Dr Martin Gansten
Ars, techne, sastra, 'ilm: What's in a name?

Liesbeth Grotenhuis, MA
Twinkling voices from the Gods: Fernand Khnopff's use of stars as mystique guides

Professor Annette Lee
Native Skywatchers - Reach for the Art in the Sky

Dr Thomas Lolis
Fluddean Art: An Inquiry into Visual Representations of the Cosmos

Dr Christel Mattheeuws
In memory of Razafindrabe: the difficult skill of astrologers in West Bezanozano, Central East Madagascar

Dr Suzanne Nolan
Dwarfs as an Ancient Maya Metaphor for the Stars

Dr Micah Ross
A Tale of Two Tails

Dr Claudia Rousseau
Astrological Imagery and Rulership Propaganda