Welcome to the Summer issue of the Sophia Centre News.
The Sophia Centre is beginning to make its mark across a wide range of areas we include under Cosmology in Culture. Many people have now heard that MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology students were presented to the Prince of Wales at our graduation on 8 July. You can read the University's twitter feed here, and press release here.
The previous day the Centre's Harmony Initiative organised a day of debate on the environment with four of the University's new Professors of Practice. John Sauvan (Executive Director of Greenpeace UK), Tony Juniper (Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit and Executive Director of Friends of the Earth 2003-2008), David Cadman (Gaia Foundation) and Juliet Davenport (CEO of Good Energy). Check the website here, and the University's press release here.
Dr Fabio Silva, who teaches our Skyscapes, Cosmology and Archaeology module hit global attention with his research into the ritual and astronomical function of prehistoric passage graves. For typical press comment see The Guardian and the New Scientist.
Lastly, we are hosting the annual conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture in Bath in September. If you are interested in our work, teaching and research, please get in touch!
Dr Nicholas Campion
HRH Prince Charles the Prince of Wales with Dr Nicholas Campion meeting graduands Morag Feeney-Beaton MA and Mara Steenhuisen MA
The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture Annual Conference
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Photo courtesy BRLSI.
The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, in the ancient and elegant city of Bath, England, hosted the 14th Annual Conference of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in on 25-26 June 2016. This year's programme was titled 'Worshipping the Stars: Celestial Themes in Observance and Practice of the Sacred' and featured 18 lectures that explored the relationship between celestial bodies and ideas of divinity and religious practice and observance. Read on...
Adventures in Time and Place
The Sophia Centre's First Student Photo Competition
Collage of the top ten photos created by Eva Young.
The Sophia Centre has just held its first Student Photo Competition. The call for submissions went to students and alumni from the 2014 intake onwards with over eighteen entrants submitting thirty-three photos in all. Once the images were collected into an online exhibition, voting commenced with tutors, alumni and students alike choosing their top three photos. The overall consensus was that the photographs were so good it had been difficult to choose from amongst the many stunning images.
The winners were as follows: Read on...
Sophia Summer School 2016
The City of Bath. All photos in this article have been taken by Kathleen White
This year's annual Sophia Centre Summer School was once again held in the beautiful and ancient city of Bath Spa in England's West Country, the 9th session since the MA took up residence at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The session began with the usual meet-up at All Bar One on Monday evening, allowing old friends a chance to renew ties and newcomers a warm welcome into the fold of multifarious scholars who comprise the Sophia Centre family. This year's programme of lectures, presentations, exhibitions and excursions highlighted the diverse and erudite work of students, tutors, lecturers and alumni. Read on...
The History of Astrology
The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology weaves together numerous strands of astrology, cosmology and culture. Previous articles in the Newsletter have discussed many of the modules taught on the MA. Some have covered how astrology is used as a tool, whether it is Western psychological astrology in the twenty-first century, or watching the sky for omens in ancient Babylon; some have investigated the intimate relationship between humanity and the sky, and how this relationship is portrayed in art and in sacred landscapes and buildings. The History module looks at where our astrology comes from, and how it has developed and changed over time. Read on...
Ancient Knowledge Modern Technology
Dr Frances Clynes
The MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology operates from the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Lampeter Campus, and is taught by distance learning, with Dr. Nicholas Campion as its Director. Our students and alumni, however, are based in all corners of the globe: from South America to Japan, from Russia to Australia and New Zealand, and many places in-between. While in the past, the distance learning student may have suffered a sense of isolation, with the use of technology the MA in Cultural Astronomy is, as stated on our website, 'a global community of students and scholars who connect on the web'. Read on...
Alumni Association Prize and Alumni Events
Cosmos and Character: Topics in Hellenistic Astrology
Andre Henriques MA reviews Dr Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum's lecture series.
Over three successive Wednesdays, from late March to mid-April 2016, Dorian Greenbaum offered to the Sophia Centre Alumni Association three online seminars covering topics of her specialist subject, Hellenistic astrology. With an audience of roughly half current students, half graduates, of the MA CAA, Dorian was a skilful guide through the multi-layered complexity of what we currently know about this key period in the history of Astrology, a period which defined the building blocks of the system that continued to be used for the next two thousand years. Read on...
Where are they now?
Rod Suskin enrolled on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in 2009 and graduated in 2015. Rod began his private astrology practice 27 years ago where he teaches a 3 year online diploma course. He has a You Tube channel and is the author of several books on spirituality and astrology. Rod has also broadcast on South African radio for 17 years covering many esoteric and metaphysical topics. For the last 9 years he has been well-known for his slot on South African TV show, Free Spirit. Read on...
Rod Suskin at Graduation. 2015 Photo: Nichola Smuts Allsop
Nicholas Campion and Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum (eds), Astrology in Time and Place: Cross-Cultural Currents in the History of Astrology, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).
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