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Dr. Darrelyn Gunzburg BA Hons (Open), Open University 2006, PhD, University of Bristol, 2014.
Teaches on the MA distance learning course run by the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and contributes to the design of two of the six taught modules: Foundations and Sacred Skies module. Grades student essays, organises the Techniques of Scholarship online training skills tutorials, and supervises MA dissertation students.
- HPCA 7015 Foundations in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology
- HPCA 7027 Sacred Skies
Occasional teaching on:
- HPCA 7014 Sacred Geography
She established the Alumni Association of the Sophia Centre in 2014 and was its Inaugural Chair (2014-2018). From 2010-2014 she was a tutor for the History of Art at the University of Bristol.
- International Centre of Medieval Art (ICMA)
- Association of Art Historians (AAH)
- Italian Art Society (IAS)
- Medieval Academy of America
I completed my BA (Hons) after moving to the UK from Australia. Although I began with a module of Shakespeare, having worked extensively as a playwright in Australia, my academic interests moved to History of Art and both my BA (Hons) awarded by the Open University in 2006, and my PhD, awarded by the University of Bristol in 2014, specialising in European medieval History of Art. My doctoral thesis is entitled: 'Giotto's Salone: an astrological investigation into the fresco scheme of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo Della Ragione'.
In 2009 I joined the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in 2010, teaching on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.
Alongside this position, from 2010-2015 I taught undergraduate History of Art and History students at the University of Bristol (HIST13015: Approaching The Past, HART10215: Introduction to Medieval Art, HART20009: Early Italian Art, HART22225: Special Field Project, HART22223: History and Theories of Art, and HART10215: Introduction to Medieval Art).
My current teaching is now solely focused on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.
AHAN7002 Introduction to Cultural Astronomy and Astrology
This module introduces the study of astronomy, astrology and cosmology in relation to culture.
AHAN7003 History of Astrology
This module examines the history of astrology from its origin in Mesopotamia through its transmission to Greece, Egypt and classical Rome and its revival in the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries.
AHAN7024 Heavenly Discourses
This module explores human relationship with the sky through zodiacs, astrolabes, maps, poetry, literature, music, architecture and the visual arts.
Past MA module, no longer taught:
MARCH7820: The Medieval Cosmos.
My research interests lie in the art historical and cultural astronomical perspectives of frescos in medieval Italy, in the orientation of Cistercian abbey churches in Wales, the UK, and Europe and their theological relationship to landscape, as well as how, in contemporary western astrology, meaning is derived from natal horoscopes.
- Space, Place and Religious Landscapes: Living Mountains, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Bernadette Brady, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
- 'Building Paradise on the Hill of Hell in Assisi: Mountain as Reliquary.' In Space,Place, and Religious Landscapes: Living Mountains, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Bernadette Brady, 99-120. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021.
- 'Time Pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and Stellar Time-Telling in the Paduan Salone.' In Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens, edited by Liz Henty and Daniel Brown, 158-176. London and New York: Routledge.
- ‘Reflecting on Mary: the Splendor of the Madonna in the Lower Church of Assisi' in Medieval Franciscan Approaches to the Virgin Mary: Sanctissima, Misericordia, Et Dolorosa, edited by Steven J. McMichael and Katie Wrisly Shelby. The Medieval Franciscans, 302-334. Leiden; Boston: Brill.
- Guest Editor: ‘Special Issue: Inside the World of Contemporary Astrology.' Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 13, no. 1.
- 'The Horoscopic Place: The Encounter between Astrologer and Client.' Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture 13, no. 1 (2019): 44-60.
- 'Al-Qabisi.' In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient
- 'Al-Qabisi' In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient ncient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns,17-19. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
- 'Art.' In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient ncient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns,27-33. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
- 'Medieval European Astrology.' In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns, 218-222. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 218-222. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
- ‘The Reception of Islamic Astrology in the Images of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’ in Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient NearEast; Astrology in the Ancient near East; the River Jordan, edited by Shafiq Abouzayd, 177-194. Oxford: ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies.
- ‘The Orientation of Cistercian Churches in Wales: A Cultural Astronomy Case Study.’ Cîteaux – Commentarii cistercienses 67, no. 3-4 (2016): 275-302. Coauthored with B.Brady and F. Silva.
- Editor: The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing
- ‘Giotto’s Sky: The Fresco Paintings of the First Floor Salone of the Palazzo Ragione, Padua, Italy’ in The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives. edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg. 87-113. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.
- Guest Editor: 'Special Issue: The Imagined Sky, Cultural Perspectives’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4.
- ‘Giotto's Sky: The fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4 (2013): 407-433.
- ‘The Perugia Fountain: An Encyclopaedia of Sky, Culture and Society’. In Sky and Symbol, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 103-118. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
- ‘How Do Astrologers Read Charts?’ In Astrologies: Plurality and Diversity, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 181-200. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.
- ‘Looking Back: The Transgression of Social Codes Explored through the Direct Gaze in Fra Angelico’s San Marco Altarpiece When Compared with Madonna and Child with Eight Saints’. St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies 14 (2010), 31-44.
From 2008-2015 I wrote regularly for The Art Book (Wiley) and Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books and I was on the editorial board of Cassone 2011-2015.
Editorial Board, Cassone, The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books (2011-2015).
2015 A Celebration of Light and Skyscapes, Tuesday 22-28 June, BRSLI, Bath.
2011 Visions of Heaven, 14–23 October 2011, Bristol Gallery, Bristol.
2011: ‘Heavenly Discourses’, University of Bristol, 13-16 October (Co-Chair and Organiser).
2010: ‘Imagining Astrology: Painted Schemes and Threads of the Soul’ University of Bristol (Co-Chair and Organiser).
Conference Stream Organiser
2015: Special Session - Astrology and Medieval Literature, 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 14-17 May, 2015.
Recent Conference Papers
2016: ‘Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone’, Astronomy in Past and Present Cultures, TAG (The Theoretical Archeology Group), 20 December, 2016. Southampton, UK.
2016: Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: The Cistercians in Wales - TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group), 19-21 December 2016, Southampton, UK.
2016: Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: the Cistercians in Wales - SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), 12-18 September 2016, Bath, UK.
2016: ‘Reflecting on Mary: Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna dei Tramonti (Madonna of the
Sunsets) in the Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi’: Special Session – The Medieval Franciscans and the Virgin Mary, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12-15 May, 2016.
2015: ‘Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone’, Astronomy in Past and Present Cultures, SEAC (International Conference of the European Society forAstronomy in Culture), 9-15 November, Rome, Italy.
2014: ‘Reading the Horoscope, Becoming the Other’, BASR annual conference, Open University, 3-5 September 2014.
Invited Conference Papers
2015: ‘Motif and memory within the zodiac constellations in art: a ‘pittura’ franca’, Astrology As Art: Representation and Practice, Sophia Centre Conference, Bath, UK 27-28 June.
Professional Publications outside the academy
Grief, a Dark, Sacred Time. Swanage: Flying Horse Books, 2019.
Also available as an audio book through Audible.
- Behind the Beat. Sydney: Currency Press Ltd. 1991
- ‘Water from the Well’ in Around the Edge: Women's Plays. Adelaide: Tantrum
- Nominated for 1991 AWGIE.
- Hiccup. Sydney: Currency Press Ltd.
- 1989 Samuel Weisberg Award.
- Nominated for 1990 AWGIE.
- ‘A Touchy Subject’ (co-written with Roxxy Bent and Margaret Fischer) in Weighing It up & A Touchy Subject. Adelaide: Tantrum Press.