God and the Stars: Medieval and Early Modern Religion, Society, and Astrology

Event date: 
September 23, 2017 (All day)
Seminar Series: 
Davis Center Conference


Session I

9:00 - 9:15: Welcome and Introduction

9:15 - 10:45

Antoine Borrut, University of Maryland
Astrology and the Construction of Historical Knowledge in Early Islam

George Saliba, Columbia University
Al-Kindi as Astrolog Revisited

10:45 - 11:00: Tea and Coffee

Session II

11:00 - 12:30

Matthew Melvin-Koushki, University of South Carolina
Mathematizing the Cosmos in Early Modern Iran: Astronomy-Astrology and Neopythagoreanism at Two Timurid Courts

Christopher Minkowski, University of Oxford
The Reliability and Jurisdiction of Hindu Systems of Astrological Knowledge

12:30 - 2:00: Lunch

Session III

2:00 - 3:30

Philipp Nothaft, University of Oxford
Rectified Ascendants, Gestation Periods, and the Experience of Women in Heinrich Selder's Critique of Astrology

Robin Barnes, Davidson College
The Evangelical Pastor-Astrologer in Reformation Germany

3:30 - 3:45: Tea and Coffee

Session IV

3:45 - 5:15

Lauren Kassell, University of Cambridge
Astrological Casebooks and Medical Encounters in Early Modern England

Monica Azzolini, University of Edinburgh
Celestial Counselling: The Many Lives of Astrologers at Italian Renaissance Courts

5:15 - 5:30: Discussion and Closing Remarks


God and the Stars: Medieval and Early Modern Religion, Society, and Astrology

This conference is sponsored by the Shelby Cullom Davis Center and organized by Jack Tannous (Princeton University) and John-Paul Ghobrial (University of Oxford). Please RSVP to Jennifer Goldman.

Jennifer Goldman
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