July 2011

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Early Registration for 'Heavenly Discourses: Myth, Astronomy and Culture'
http://heavenlydiscourses.org/ closes on 31st July.


This Interdisciplinary Conference has been organised jointly by Nicholas
Campion (School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, Sophia Centre for
the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
and Darrelyn Gunzburg (Department of History of Art, University of Bristol)

Wills Memorial Building
University of Bristol
14-16 October 2011


* Professor Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol.
* Gillian Clarke, Poet Laureate of Wales.
* Professor Roger Beck, Emeritus Professor, Department of Classics,
University of Toronto.
* Professor Gerry Gilmore, Professor of Experimental Philosophy, Institute
of Astronomy, Cambridge University.
* Adjunct Professor David Malin, British-Australian astronomer and
photographer, former Anglo-Australian Observatory.
* Dr Ed Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory, CA, USA.
* Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson, Department of Physics, Imperial
College, London.

On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space and the
first to orbit the Earth. 2011 sees the fiftieth anniversary of that event.
In almost every human culture the sky functions as a backdrop for mythical
encounters, employing the celestial environment as a stage set for
narratives of human and divine experience. That moment when human beings
first left the planet gave us a different perspective on the sky.

This conference will bring together scholars through keynote addresses (60
minutes), plenary session (30 minutes) and concurrent panel sessions (3 x
20 minutes) to examine the relationship between the heavens and culture
through the arts, literature, religion and philosophy, both in history and
the present. We have accepted proposals from 80 academics in the arts,
humanities, social sciences and sciences. Topics include astronomy and
music, literature, painting and the visual arts, architecture, religion,
history and society. A selection of papers from the Conference proceedings
will be published by the Sophia Centre Press in 2012.

The conference is proud to present an exhibition of David Malin's
extraordinary and beautiful pioneering space photography. The exhibition,
Visions of Heaven, will be curated by Darrelyn Gunzburg and held at The
Bristol Gallery. The exhibition will be launched with a champagne reception
(included in the conference registration) on Friday evening 14th October.
You will be able to buy art works signed by David at the launch.
Born in 1941 in Summerseat, Lancashire, UK, Malin explored photography from
an early age, trained as a chemist and worked as microscopist. When he
moved to Sydney, Australia, and joined the Anglo-Australian Observatory as
its photographic scientist in 1975, he shifted from exploring the
infinitely small to the infinitely far away. Malin was a pioneer in making
true-color astronomical photographs from black and white plates taken in
three separate colors. The novel image enhancement techniques were all
incorporated into creating unique three-color photographs of previously
unseen deep space objects. These new ways of extracting information from
astronomical photographs, known as 'Malinisation', revolutionized our
cultural relationship with the sky.

* Half-day walking tour of Bristol Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe Church
with Jon Cannon (Thursday 13th October).

* Full day coach tour of Glastonbury Abbey, Wells Cathedral and the
Bishop's Palace with Jon Cannon (Monday 17th October). Due to the need to
travel by coach, this tour has limited numbers.

Student rate (undergraduate or postgraduate): £90
Early payment up to 30th June 2011: £195
Late payment from 1st July: £225
Day passes: £75

Available for students of The University of Bristol and The University of
Wales Trinity Saint David.

‘Heavenly Discourses’ is proudly supported by the University of Bristol
Alumni Fund and thus is able to offer bursaries entitling full or part-time
students of The University of Bristol and The University of Wales Trinity
Saint David to a registration fee of £15/day. (This price does not include
the champagne reception and tickets for this can be purchased separately on
the website).

Further information or enquiries:

Poetry and Geology

Poetry and Geology: A Celebration

Organised by: Main Geological Society events      
Date: 10 October 2011
Event Type: Lecture
Venue: The Geological Society (Burlington House)
Accessibility: Hearing Aid Loop Wheelchair Access
Why do so many poets write about geology? Why are geologists so drawn to poetry? 

Timed to coincide with National Poetry Day and Earth Science Week, this one day event will include talks, performances, discussion and a reading by contemporary poets. 

The talks will be on a variety of themes and writers, including Thomas Hardy and the Dorset Coast, Poetry and Climate Change, the Lake District, Poetry and the Anthropocene and Poetry Sculptures.

Keynote speakers

Francis Gilbert (www.francisgilbert.co.uk/about)
Gordon Peters (Scottish Centre for Geopoetics)

Other speakers

Dr Jan Zalasiewicz (University of Leicester)
Dr Eric Robinson (Geologists’ Association)
Rebecca Welshman (University of Exeter)
Matthew Griffiths (University of Durham)
Alyson Hallett (www.thestonelibrary.com)
Helen Mort (Writer-in-Residence, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere)
Colin Will (Scottish Poetry Library)
Poets: Alyson Hallett (www.thestonelibrary.com)
Helen Mort (www.helenmort.com)
Michael McKimm (www.michaelmckimm.co.uk)

and others to be confirmed.

Do you have a favourite geological poem?

There will also be an event during the day for which we invite Fellows and Friends to read a favourite poem by another poet (or one they have written themselves) which touches on the theme of geology. If you would like to take part in this event please email Michael McKimm (michael.mckimm@geolsoc.org.uk) with name, contact details, and title and author of the poem by 9 September 2011.


Registration is FREE. Lunch is provided and there will be an evening wine reception. To register, please contact Georgina Worrall: georgina.worrall@geolsoc.org.uk.

Follow this event on Twitter using #geopoetry11

The event "Imagination and Interpretation: Writing Science into Fiction", which was due to be held at the Royal Society on 20 July, has had to be postponed as Pat Barker is unfortunately indisposed. It is hoped to reschedule this event for early October as part of the Royal Society's festival of literature and the arts.