Roman Baths

Goddess Minerva

Sally Lunn's Bakery

Vase found at Roman Baths

Welcome to the 'Sky and Symbol' Conference

The Ninth Annual Sophia Centre Conference

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 June 2011

Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture
School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology,
University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Sponsored by Culture and Cosmos and The Sophia Centre Press

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute
16-19 Queen Square,
Bath BA1 2HN,

Since 2002, the annual Sophia Centre conference has established itself as the academic event which provides a forum for discussing the human relationship with the sky through history, the arts and culture. We also aim to provide a friendly and sociable gathering, for meeting old friends and making new ones.

Conference Theme

In ancient Babylon the movements of the stars were seen as the writing of celestial deities, to be read and interpreted by the astrologers. In medieval and Renaissance the Europe the notion of the sky as a chapter in the ‘Book of the Creatures’ or the ‘Book of Nature’ was current, suggesting that the heavenly bodies might function as symbols conveying higher – or deeper – truths. This academic conference will consider the ways in which celestial symbolism has been incorporated and portrayed in culture.

The conference will be held in the gracious surroundings of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, one of the most elegant buildings in eighteenth-century Bath. Mythic images of Hermes and Ceres look down us from the ceiling of the conference room. From the windows, an Egyptian obelisk forms the centre-piece of Queen Square. Bath itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the most beautiful cites in the world.

For previous conferences and other recommended conferences, click here

For 'Astrologies', the Eight Annual Sophia Centre Conference 2010, click here

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