Call for Papers  

The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg

On the Political Skies:
Harmonies between Heaven and Earth

22 - 24 May 2020, St. Petersburg, Russia

Conference Postponed

'On Political Skies' is postponed. The Organising Committee would like to thank all the speakers for their excellent topics and willingness to attend the conference. However, due to current circumstances, the recommendation of the World Health Organisation and the decisions made by several governments to restrict travel and impose quarantine, we have decided to reschedule the conference. It will now take place on 21-23rd May 2021. More information will follow.

Conference description: In December 2020 Jupiter and Saturn form a conjunction in Aquarius. In Persian theory, transmitted into the Islamic world and Medieval and Renaissance Europe, this signifies an entirely new period of history, lasting around two and a half centuries. At such moments of change kingdoms rise and fall and new prophets appear, preaching new religious teachings.

To mark this conjunction, this academic conference considers the many ways in which societies have sought political harmony between heaven and earth, or sought to use such connections for the common good, to gain personal advantage or shaping and intervening in the historical process. Dynasties were inaugurated, kings proclaimed and cities founded at auspicious moments. In the modern world astrology remains a feature of politics on India, and in the west the theory of great ages took on a new form in the theory of the coming Aquarian Age.

We invite submissions to speak on the use of astronomy and astrology in politics and history, and suitable topics include the use of astrology and astronomy in interpreting the past, managing the present or predicting the future, exploring technique, theory or iconography, in any culture or time period. Papers may explore individual instances of theory or technique, or the work of individual astrologers, or examples of the implementation of the application of astronomy and astrology in politics or history.

Time: 22-24 May, 2020

Place: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Venue: The State Museum of the History of Religion
Pochtamtskaya Ulitsa 14 (Pochtamtskaya Street 14) - see map

This conference is sponsored by the Sophia Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Organising Committee

Dr. Nichols Campion, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK)
Karine Dilanian, MA, Institute for the Study of Astronomy in History, Philosophy and Culture (Russia)
Dr. Frances Clynes, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK)

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Images from the Peterhof palace just outside St. Petersburg.

Images from the Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg.

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