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terça-feira, 3 de maio de 2011

Voyages in Archaeoastronomy and Cultural Astronomy - A meeting of different worlds

September 19 - 23, 2011, Évora (Portugal)
An International Conference on Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy


4º Anúncio da Conferência

"Temos o prazer de anunciar que recebemos até agora resumos de mais de 70 investigadores oriundos de mais de 30 países diferentes! Todos os continentes sem excepção estão representados! A Comissão Local de Organização agradece a todos os que enviaram os resumos pela sua participação!

Devido aos pedidos que recebemos, alargaremos excepcionalmente o prazo para a recepção de resumos até ao final de Maio. Todos quantos já enviaram resumos serão informados quanto à sua aceitação até 1 de Junho, como previsto, para quem venha a enviar resumos até final de Maio a informação quanto à aceitação será dada até 15 de Junho.

Pedimos a todos os interessados que enviem um resumo com 400 - 500 palavras e pelo menos 3 referências bibliográficas, escrito em inglês, para os responsáveis do LOC:

Fernando Pimenta:  fernando.pimenta@apia.pt
Nuno Ribeiro: nuno.ribeiro@apia.pt


Rationale

Since Prehistory that the sky was always been integrated as part of the cosmovision of human societies. The sky played a fundamental role not only in the space orientation, in the time organization, in the ritual practices or in the celestial divination but also as an element of power.

Migrations and voyages are intrinsic to the humankind, they opened the routes for cultural diffusion and trade, but also for power dominance. Following their routes is also to follow their cultural diversity and how they met or clashed. The sky and astronomical phenomena provided the tools for time reckoning, calendar organization and celestial navigation that supported those voyages. Astronomy gives us today the capacity to reproduce the sky, opening a window through which we can glimpse how those societies perceived, integrated and manipulated the sky into their world views and their myths, and, ultimately, into their society organization.

A voyage is always a meeting of different worlds and a process to accept diversity. We wish that this Conference will be also a meeting of different worlds in the invited lectures, in the public lectures, in the LOC/SOC and in the audience.

The main conference topics are:

• Techniques of celestial navigation and orientation of the past. Astronomical navigation and nautical instruments in XIV, XV and XVI centuries.

• Expressions of astronomical knowledge in architecture and monuments, rock art, archaeology and landscape. People migration, an encounter between different cultures

• History of astronomy. An encounter between different conceptions

• Astronomy and the Jesuits. An encounter between different worlds

• Astronomy in antiquity. An encounter between different types of knowledge

• Ethno-astronomy, Cultural Astronomy and myths, voyages in space and in time through different cultures.

• To where is Archaeoastronomy voyaging? A round table about Archaeoastronomy, Cultural Astronomy and Education

We will challenge the speakers to start their lectures as a voyage history, presenting different perspectives:

an history from a discovery or excavation, a voyage through cultures, a meeting between cultures.

For further informations please check our home page at:
http://www.ciuhct.com/seac2011

Please forward this announcement to others who might be interested.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Évora!"

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