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The Astrologer's Newsletter - September/October 2008

Sophia Centre News

by Nick Campion

MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology - 2008 Graduation at Bath Spa University


Chris and Ian, with Nick Campion, at their graduation

The latest graduation of MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology students took place at Bath Spa University on Friday 18th July 2008 at 3pm. Graduates Ian Davis and Chris Mitchell attended the ceremony with family and friends to cheer them on. Graduating in absentia was Judy Hall. After the formalities, the graduates and guests, along with Course Director Dr Nick Campion, met for a celebratory meal and toasts.

Next year will see three more students graduate with an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University. From 2010, graduations will take place at the Sophia Centre's new home at the University of Wales at Lampeter.



Sophia Centre Postgraduate Research Conference 2008

The Sophia Centre Postgraduate Research Conference this year took place from 12-13 July at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute in the heart of Bath, just around the corner from where Herschel discovered Uranus! The conference had up to a hundred delegates, even more than previous years.

Delegates had come from around the world, including Hong Kong, the USA, Norway and Bosnia, to attend. The conference provided a forum for the latest research in the field and included speakers from Bath Spa University, the University of Wales, Lampeter, the University of Bristol, the University of Kent at Canterbury, Kepler College, the Catholic University of Virginia and the University of Arizona and, in spite of the conference's 'post-graduate' title, from all academic levels - undergraduate to post-doctoral. Nick Campion, Patrick Curry and Jarita Holbrook (from the University of Arizona) chaired the event. The papers included contemporary as well as historical material, including such subjects as the development of the zodiac in Mesopotamia, the cosmology of the Matrix trilogy of films and the sociology of modern astronomy. The over-arching theme of the conference remained: how do we tell stories, construct meaning and orient ourselves in order to extract meaning from the sky?

Links to the talks and abstracts can be found at:

For enquiries about the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, please contact Nick Campion: