“Rivers, Mountains, Sky and Sea: The Materiality of Spirit and Place”: UWTSD to host Sixteenth Annual Sophia Centre Conference


This weekend the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be hosting its sixteenth annual Sophia Centre conference.


This year's conference, which will be held in Lampeter, will explore the spirit and place by asking how humans engage with the world’s different elements including water, earth and sky.  The conference, entitled “Rivers, Mountains, Sky and Sea: The Materiality of Spirit and Place", is being held on July 7 and 8 and over the two days delegates will hear from up to twenty expert speakers.

The Sophia Centre is a research and teaching centre in the Faculty of Humanities and the Performing Arts at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is the only academic Centre in the world to explore culture in relation to the sky and cosmos.  Keynote speakers at the conference include the legendary archaeoastronomer Kim Malville, of the University of Boulder, Colorado, and documentary maker and UWTSD Honorary Professor Alan Ereira.

Co-chair of the Conference Organising Committee and Director of UWTSD’s Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Dr  Nicholas Campion said:

“The University is proud to be hosting its sixteenth annual Sophia Centre conference on our Lampeter campus.  The conference has now established itself as one of the most important annual academic events in relation to astrology, astronomy and human culture - from art to politics, and religion to history. 

The Centre’s work is partly historical, partly anthropological and partly philosophical. It has a wide-ranging remit to investigate the role of cosmological, astronomical and astrological beliefs, models and ideas in human culture, including the theory and practice of myth, magic, divination, religion, spirituality, architecture, politics and the arts. Our work looks in particular at the ways in which people have tried to live in harmony with the cosmos.   The conference will be an opportunity to further discuss and explore these ideas and everybody is, of course, welcome to come along and take part in what promises to be a fascinating discussion.”

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For further information regarding the Conference please visit: http://sophia-project.net/conferences/Spirit-And-Place/index.php

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk