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Cultural Astronomy School

Location

 

David Caro Building (School of Physics), University of Melbourne

 

Dates

 

2-4 July 2025

Description

The 3-day School will offer 25 students an opportunity to learn about cultural astronomy from the world’s top experts and Elders by attending a series of focused lectures, discussions, workshops, and local site visits. Evening events include a Dinner with Trivia at University House, a telescope observing session, and an evening at the Planetarium with dinner at Grazeland.

Instructors (TBC)

  • Jarita Holbrook

  • Duane Hamacher

  • Clive Ruggles

  • Annette Lee

  • Alejandro Martin-Lopez

Full Schedule

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Day 1: History, Theory, and Method

 

This day will focus on students learning the history of cultural astronomy, theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and an advanced workshop using Stellarium. A dinner and trivia event will be held that evening at University House.

 

Day 2: Ethnoastronomy and Qualitative Analysis

 

This day will focus on students learning qualitative and ethnographic approaches to cultural astronomy, with a workshop on co-designing projects with communities, ethics, and collaborative approaches. A telescope observing session will follow that evening.

 

Day 3: Archaeoastronomy and Quantitative Analysis

 

This day will focus on students learning quantitative and archaeological approaches to cultural astronomy, professionsl developement (grants, career trajectories) and a site visit. Attendees will visit Melbourne Planetarium in the evening, followed by dinner at Grazeland.

Registration

Register for this event here.

 

Paid registration includes the following:

  • Swag Bag

  • All lectures, workshops, and discussions

  • Morning and afternoon tea

  • Dinner and trivia on 2 July

  • Telescope viewing

  • Site visit to Wurdi Youang

  • Planetarium show and Grazeland entry ticket

 

Paid registration does NOT includes the following:

  • Daily lunches

  • Dinner on 3 July

  • Dinner at Grazeland (only entry ticket provided)

School
Programme
Programme
02 July 2025, 9:00 am
University of Melbourne

Symposium

Location

 

Arts West Building (Faculty of Arts), University of Melbourne

 

Dates

 

7-11 July 2025

Description

The theme of the meeting is “Indigenous Astronomy in the Space Age”, focusing on how to apply research in cultural astronomy to address important issues humanity faces as we expand our presence in space, conduct inclusive and respectful research, and safeguard our collective heritage for the future. This meeting will bring together astrophysicists, social scientists, and Indigenous Elders to discuss:

 

  • How we can better understand astronomical practices by learning important lessons from living systems of knowledge maintained by Indigenous and traditional cultures of the world

  • How this knowledge can guide astronomical research, inform space practice and policy, and shape the future of the astro/space industry.

  • How we can safeguard our connection to the stars as technology takes us to new heights while simultaneously creating new challenges. 

 

This meeting will utilise theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches across a range of disciplines to investigate four major areas:  (1) Culture, Science, and Knowledge, (2) Astronomical Cultural Heritage, (3) Facilities and Programs, and (4) Policy and Practice.

 

We recognise the growing impact of cultural astronomy on astrophysics and the space sector and seek solutions about the future of humanity in these areas as we expand our presence in space. This approach will address the following questions:

 

  • How can the astronomical community acknowledge and support Indigenous Knowledge, land, culture, and people?

  • How can we safeguard this heritage while setting roadmaps and guidelines for humanity’s future in space? 

  • How are Indigenous astronomies, ground-based observatories, the colonisation of space, and the relationships between them juxtaposed in our future vision as we progress through the Space Age?

 

The answers can be found within the discipline of cultural astronomy, which enables us to build bridges between Indigenous knowledges and cutting-edge astrophysics

Full Schedule

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6 July: Public Lecture and telescope Viewing at Melbourne Observatory

On the Sunday evening before the start of the symposium, meeting attendees are welcome to join the Astronomical Society of Victoria's sponsored public lecture on Indigenous Astronomy to kick off NAIDOC Week, followed by a telescope viewing at the historic Melbourne Observatory, both situated in the stunning Botanic Gardens.

Day 1: Welcome, Sessions and Workshop

 

The first day will include sessions on [TBA], with a workshop on [TBA].

 

Day 2: Sessions and Workshop

 

The second day will include sessions on [TBA], with a workshop on [TBA]

 

Day 3: ISAAC GM and Exploring Melbourne

 

The third day will begin with a GM for ISAAC, followed by a cultural astronomy-themed scavenger hunt across Melbourne. Those who wish to organise their own day trips are welcome to.

Day 4: Sessions and Workshop

 

The fourth day will include sessions on [TBA], with a workshop on [TBA], ending with the Conference Dinner and Awards ceremony.

Day 4: Panels, Performances, Exhibitions and Lecture

 

The final day will focus on Indigenous performances, an art exhibition, panel discussions, and a concluding lecture by the outgoing ISAAC president. The evening includes an optional trip to Melbourne Planetarium with dinner at Grazeland.

Registration

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Symposium
Programme
Programme
02 July 2025, 9:00 am
University of Melbourne

Post-Conference Excursion

Location

 

Central Desert, Northern Territory

 

Dates

 

13-15 July 2025

Description

The post-conference excursion will bring visitors to the heart of Australia. From Melbourne, we will fly to the World Heritage site of Uluru-Kata Kuta, visitors will spend a day exploring the breathtaking landscapes, culture, and skycaps on offer. Enjoy a dinner under the stars as you look up to the deep, dark expanses of the southern desert skies. Learn about the sacred celestial traditions of the local Aboriginal communities, as you absorb the astronomical knowledges of the oldest continuing culture on Earth. 

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We will then venture north to the World Heritage listed Watarrka (King's Canyon), Tnorala (Gosses Bluff crater), Palm Valley, and finally to Alice Springs. From there you can stay longer to explore more of what Australia has to offer, or you may continue o your journey back to Melbourne or back home.

Full Schedule

[TBC]

Registration

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Excursion
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