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The Harmony of the World

A conference to celebrate the 400th anniversary
of the publication of Johannes Kepler's Harmonices Mundi
21-23 June 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia

Day 1: FRIDAY 21 JUNE

Session 1

Location: The State Museum of the History of Religion
Address: Pochtamtskaya Str., 14/5
Languages: English/Russian

10:00 - 11:00
Registration for the conference

11:00 - 11.15
Conference opening: Dr. Nicholas Campion (Sophia Centre University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

11:15 - 12:45
Keynote lecture: Dr. Aviva Rothman (Case Western Reserve University):
'Kepler's Vision of Harmony'

12:45 - 13:05
Coffee break

13:05 - 13:35
Guest speaker: Dr. Irina Tunkina (Director of the Saint-Petersburg branch of the Archive of the Russian academy of sciences):
'Fate of Kepler's hand-written heritage'

Session 2

Location: Saint-Petersburg branch of the Archive of the Russian academy of sciences
Address: Universitetskaya Nab. 1 (University Embankment, 1)
Languages: English/Russian

14:30 - 16:00
Excursion in the Archive library for the Kepler's manuscripts survey (2 groups)

16:00 - 19:30
Lunch and free time

Evening programme

Location: Lutheran Church of St. Catherine
Address: Bolshoy Prospect, 1 (Vasilievsky Ostrov)
Languages: English/Russian

19:30 - 20:30
Organ concert for the conference delegates 'Music of the Spheres' with Maria Blazhevich

Day 2: SATURDAY 22 JUNE

Session 1

Location: The State Museum of the History of Religion
Address: Pochtamtskaya Str., 14/5
Languages: English/Russian

10:00 - 11:30
Dr. J. McKim Malville (University of Colorado):
'The Harmonious Entanglement of Worlds'

11:30 - 11:50
Coffee break

11:50 - 12:30
Andrey V. Kuzmin, PhD, (S. I. Vavilov Institute of the History of Science and Technology, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow):
'"Mathematics of the Cosmos" and "Philosophy of Chaos": On the History of the Polemic Between Johannes Kepler and Robert Fludd'

12:30 - 13:15
Prof. Giora Hon (University of Haifa):
'Harmony vs Symmetry: Kepler's view and the need for Spielraum'

13:15 - 13:30
Discussion of the session

13:30 - 15:00
LUNCH

Session 2

15:00 - 15:45
Dr. Valerie Shrimplin (Gresham College, London):
'Borromini and the cultural context of the Harmonices Mundi'

15:45 - 16:00
Coffee break

16:00 - 16:45
Prof. Ralph Abraham (University of California, Santa Cruz), Prof. Pablo Viotti (California State University):
'Kepler's Music of the Spheres, a Lecture Demonstration'

16:45 - 17:05
Discussion of the session

Evening programme

Location: Starting point will be announced later
Languages: English/Russian

19:00 - 22:00
Bus excursion: Saint Petersburg sightseeing

Day 3 : SUNDAY 23 JUNE

Session 1

Location: The State Museum of the History of Religion
Address: Pochtamtskaya Str., 14/5
Languages: English/Russian

10:00 - 11:30
Günther Oestmann, PhD, (Technical University Berlin):
'Resonances and Repercussions of Kepler's Harmony of the World'

11:30 - 11:50
Coffee break

11:50 - 12:30
Dr. Nicholas Campion, (Sophia Centre University of Wales Trinity Saint David):
'The Harmonices Mundi as a Utopian Text:Johannes Kepler's Astrology and the Pursuit of the Perfect Society'

12:30 - 13:10
Karine Dilanian, MA, (Institute for the Study of Cosmology and Astronomy in History, Philosophy and Culture, Moscow, Sophia Centre University of Wales Trinity Saint David):
'In Search of the Ideal Historical Process - Alexander Chijevsky and Johannes Kepler'

13:10 - 13:30
Discussion of the session

13:30 - 15:00
LUNCH

Session 2

15:00 - 15:40
Astrid B. Leimlehner, MA, (Sophia Centre University of Wales Trinity Saint David):
'Johannes Kepler's Psychology and Astrology in Harmonices Mundi
and the Contexts of Public and Private Events'

15:40 - 16:10
Maria Blazhevich, PhD, (organist of the Tomsk State philharmonic hall):
'Kepler's Harmonies of the World: from the Cosmic Cup to the Music of the Spheres'

16:10 - 16:30
Discussion of the session

16:30 - 17:00
Conference closing, group photo

17:00 - 17:30
Final cup of coffee

Evening programme

Location: Starting point will be announced later
Languages: English/Russian

19:00 - 22:00
Boat excursion and conference dinner


Images from the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.




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