“Stories of the Sky”: UWTSD to host 18th Annual Sophia Centre Conference


08.06.2021

This month, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be hosting its 18th annual Sophia Centre conference.

This month the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be hosting its 18th annual Sophia Centre conference.

The conference, titled “Stories of the Sky", is being held online on June 19 and 20 and over the two days delegates will hear from up to twenty expert speakers.

One of the enduring features of human culture is the telling of stories about the sky. Over the millennia people have wondered how the sky may contain significance, reveal meaning, predict the future, reflect on social structures and mores, and explore the ways in which sky and earth harmonise and mirror each other.  Such stories have been told through myths, literature, religion, ritual, music, movement and the built environment. 

Keynote speakers at the conference include the legendary archaeoastronomer Professor Kim Malville of the University of Colarado, Associate Professor Annette Lee, St. Cloud State University and Associate Professor Jarita Holbrook, University of the Western Cape.

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 the eighteenth annual Sophia Centre conference.  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.”

The Sophia Centre is a research and teaching centre in the Institute of Education and Humanities at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Its remit is the study of the way that we live in the cosmos.

For further information regarding the Conference please visit: http://sophia-project.net/conferences/conference2021/index.php

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 07384 467076 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk