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Lampeter, Wales - Sabato, 11 Luglio 2020 - Domenica, 12 Luglio 2020

Conference Theme

One of the enduring features of human culture is the telling of stories about the sky. Over the millennia people have wondered how the sky may contain significance, reveal meaning, predict the future, reflect on social structures and mores, and explore the ways in which sky and earth harmonise and mirror each other.

Such stories have been told through myths, literature, religion, ritual, music, movement and the built environment. As Kim Malville writes, 'One of the goals of cultural astronomy is to use evidence of astronomy to seek a deeper understanding of the underlying culture. In a similar manner we ask if any of these stories of the sky reveal some of the deep and profound aspects of the cultures that have generated them. And turning our focus upward, we might ask if any of these stories reveal intense curiosity about the detailed nature of their skies'.

This academic conference invites proposals to speak on how and why we tell stories about the sky, and the nature, meaning and purpose of such stories.

Suitable topics include

  • The sky in literature, poetry and fiction
  • The sky in oral and mythical traditions
  • The sky in divinatory and prophetic traditions
  • The sky in cinema, photography and the visual arts
  • The sky in religion and ritual
  • The sky in music and sound
  • The sky as explored by astronomers
  • The sky as inspiration for multiple ontologies

Call for papers

Abstracts should be 3,000 characters maximum, and include three academic references. Please use the abstract upload form below.

Also, please include a short biography of 3,000 characters maximum.

Deadline for submission: 1st December 2019.

All accepted speakers will be notified by 21st January 2020.

The conference will be live-streamed and the recording available to subscribers for a month. By submitting an abstract you agree to these terms.

Publication: all speakers will be invited to submit to an anthology for publication by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lampeter 11 - 12 July 2020

Castel Gandolfo - Venerdì, 23 Ottobre 2020 - Domenica, 25 Ottobre 2020

The environmental crisis represents one of the most urgent and critical problems of our times. In 2015, Pope Francis launched his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ emphasizing the need “to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home ... before it is too late”. At five years since its publication, we would like to look at the impact of this document on the contemporary world and the new ways explored towards an Integral Ecology. These new ways explore a relational view of ourselves and of the natural world, of which we are an intrinsic part, and how we relate with nature from the ethical, scientific, societal and even theological points of view.

The meeting aims at showcasing the role that individuals and social bodies can play in the care of our common home. We are convinced that the environmental crisis can represent an opportunity for a renewed encounter between cultures and religions.

The program will include invited talks, selected presentations (either oral or poster), round tables, thematic workshops and plenary sessions in dialogue with the speakers. The contributions solicited include the following topics:

●  Integral Ecology
●  Environmental Ethics
●  Sustainable Development
●  Circular Economy
●  Happy Degrowth
●  Attention Restoration Theory (ART)
●  Health and Environment
●  Ecosystems and Environmental Research
●  Environmental Challenges (global warming, plastic pollution, etc.)
●  Technological Solutions (energy efficiency, renewable sources, etc.)

●  Ecology and Society (economics, politics, and religions role facing the environmental crisis)

Important Dates:

Abstract submission: September 20th, 2020
Notification of acceptance: October 4th, 2020
Registration: October 11th, 2020


Roma - Lunedì, 13 Settembre 2021 - Sabato, 18 Settembre 2021

L’undicesimo Congresso tomistico internazionale è stato riprogrammato a causa dell’attuale situazione con COVID-19. Il Congresso si terrà ora il 13-18 settembre 2021. Il termine per la presentazione delle proposte cartacee è stato prorogato al 28 gennaio 2021. Se avete già presentato una proposta o vi siete registrati al Congresso, gli organizzatori vi contatteranno via e-mail. Se avete domande, scrivete a romathomism2020@gmail.com.

Il tema del congresso sarà: Vetera novis augere. Le risorse della tradizione tomista nel contesto attuale.
L’obiettivo scientifico generale dell’XI Congresso Tomista Internazionale è quello di rivedere le nuove prospettive nello studio di San Tommaso (interessi, metodi e risultati) per evidenziare le risorse della tradizione tomista nei dibattiti teologici e filosofici contemporanei.


Chiunque desideri prendere parte ai lavori del Congresso (insegnanti, ricercatori, dottorandi) è invitato a proporre una comunicazione (25/30 min. massimo, strettamente). L’intero testo delle comunicazioni o un riassunto sviluppato (tra 1500 e 2000 caratteri, spazi inclusi) deve essere inviato al seguente indirizzo: romathomism2020@gmail.com entro il 28 gennaio 2021.

Costo: €30, Studenti/Studenti di dottorato
€60, Altri

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Per informazioni:

Pontificia Università San Tommaso d’Aquino
Largo Angelicum, 1,
00184 ROMA, Italy