Programme


Astrology: Three Days with the University of Wales

11 March - 13 March, 2016 in Amstelveen, Netherlands

Social Events for Delegates: Saturday Evening - Meet and Greet - Finger food dinner

Programme

This programme is subject to small changes. Each seminar will be followed by a general discussion on the themes presented. All presentations will be in Power Point format and each delegate will receive a booklet which contains copies of all the Power Points. This is to facilitate note taking.

Friday 11 March 2016

Arrive 2:00 pm

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Seminar 1 - What is astrology?

A consideration of the diversity of opinions on astrology and what this suggests. Nick Campion will consider whether astrology is a religion, Bernadette Brady will consider if it is a science, and Darrelyn Gunzburg will consider astrology as therapy.

Followed by a general discussion on astrology.

4:00 - 4.30 pm - Tea

4:30 pm - 5:30pm Seminar 2 - Astrology in the Academy, Introducing the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology

Nick Campion will present the journey through the MA as well as its philosophy and aims. One of these aims is, through the voices of the MA students, to establish the history and culture of astrology as a subject worthy of critical academic study.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Seminar 3 - What is the horoscope?

Bernadette Brady will consider what is contained in the horoscope, soul, will, character? Nick Campion will consider what is left out of the horoscope and Darrelyn will consider how it is used in modern astrology.

Followed by a general discussion on the horoscope.

Saturday 12 March 2016

9:30 - 11:00 am Seminar 4 - Soul and Astrology

Nick Campion will present the different classical models of the soul and how they are still used in astrology while Bernadette Brady will look that the Egyptian notions of soul and its relevance for today's lived experience in an ensouled cosmos.

Followed by a general discussion on the nature of soul and astrology.

11:00 - 11.30 am - Tea

11:30 - 1:00 pm Seminar 5 - The MA at your desk

A live Webex session with one of our MA Tutors, Frances Clynes in Dublin focused on the process of studying the MA online. We will also explore the online resources - books, articles and databases - available to students of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

1:00 - 2.00 pm - Lunch

2:00 - 4:00 pm Seminar 6 - Fate and astrology

Bernadette Brady will discuss what fate is, Nick Campion will consider the question of how people negotiate fate and Darrelyn Gunzburg will look at a case study - fate in the astrology of Ibn Ezra.

Followed by a general discussion on astrology and fate.

4:00 - 4.30 pm - Tea

4:30 - 5:30 pm Seminar 7 - The Alumni research

Four graduates from the Netherlands will each present a 15-minute paper on the research work they have conducted for their MA dissertations. Two of these presentations will be in English and two will be in Dutch.

18:30 - 20.30 pm Meet and Greet with Alumni and delegates

An informal chance to meet each other, with finger food and drinks.

Sunday 13 March 2016

Please note, a slightly later start time of 10am

10:00 - 11:00 am Seminar 8 - Magic and Astrology

Nick Campion will discuss the question whether astrology is magic and Darrelyn Gunzburg will explore the question of 'Did the popes use celestial magic?'

Followed by a general discussion on the nature of magic and astrology.

11:00 - 11.30 am - Tea

11:30 - 1:00 pm Seminar 9 - Sky myths and celestial omens

Using sky myths from different cultures, Bernadette Brady will consider the role of these myths in cosmology. Darrelyn Gunzburg will explore Homer's Shield of Achilles and its early representations of the zodiac.

1:00 - 2.00 pm - Lunch

2:00 - 4:00 pm Seminar 10 - Astrology now, pluralism and diversity?

Nick Campion will explore the question of pluralism and diversity and is this social issue important for astrology? Bernadette Brady will ask the question of has astrology ever been modern and Darrelyn Gunzburg will discuss the 'end of the long form' the shift in how people seek astrological education.

Followed by a general discussion on the whole conference.

4:00 - 4.30 pm - Tea and Goodbyes






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