The Tools of the Art is the first academic meeting organised by the ASTRA Project. Several scholars will gather to debate the state of research on the historical study of astrological techniques and discuss new lines of study.
The conference is sponsored by the Monastery of Batalha in collaboration with the Astra project. Astra is an academic research project housed in CIUHCT (Interuniversitary Centre for the History of Science and Technology), University of Lisbon, and developed in partnership with The Warburg Institute, University of London.
The goal of the conference is to discuss the history of astrological doctrines and practices. Particular attention will be given to the creation, application, and development of astrological techniques: the principles and concepts that form the core of the astrological interpretation.
Despite astrology’s importance in western pre-modern culture, the academic study of its functioning has been sparse. The Astra Project seeks to fill this gap by bringing a deeper historical understanding of astrology’s inner workings, thus offering an essential key to the comprehension of this cultural phenomenon. This conference is the first step towards that goal.
- Charles Burnett (The Warburg Institute) Keynote speaker
- Shlomo Sela (Bar-Ilan University)
- Dorian Greenbaum (University of Wales Trinity St David)
- David Juste (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)
- Stephan Heilen (Universität Osnabrück)
- Barbara Dunn (University of Exeter)
- Eunice Santos (Universidade de Lisboa)
- Steven Vanden Broecke (Universiteit Gent)
- Günther Oestmann (Technische Universität Berlin)
- H Darrel Rutkin (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia)
- Martin Gansten (Lunds Universitet)
- Helena Avelar (CIUHCT-UL/The Warburg Institute)
- Luís Campos Ribeiro (CIUHCT-ULisboa)