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Starcraft: Watching the Heavens in the Early Middle Ages

Start: Jun 30, 2012 09:30 AM
End: Jul 01, 2012 04:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

UCL Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series

The Starcraft conference being held as part of the UCL Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series will take place at the Institute of Archaeology on 30 June & 1 July. 

Following the successes of the 2010 and 2011 conferences on ‘Trees, Woodland and Timber’ and ‘Beasts’, this interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the ways in which the heavens were used for information and inspiration in the medieval world.

The line-up consists of speakers from diverse backgrounds such as art history, palaeography, literature and physics discussing various aspects of the stars and the sky across several cultures throughout the middle ages.

The stars of the night sky were used for prognostics, navigation and even for divine instruction, but how exactly were the stars read for divination? And to what extent was this permissible or to be encouraged within the framework of monotheistic beliefs? Was this practice a pre-Christian remnant or a learned invention? The sun and the moon, too, had major iconographic significance in the religions of the era as well as providing the fundamentals of chronological measurement.

Speakers include: Professor Michelle Brown, Professor Susan Irvine, Professor Richard North, Dr Nick Campion, Dr Sándor Chardonnens, Dr Jenny Neville, Dr Phillip Shaw and more.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Eric Lacey (UCL English) or Martin Locker (UCL Institute of Archaeology)