Message #152
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998
Subject: The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena (INSAP II)

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Rolf Sinclair NSF Physics Division

Please pass along to others interested in anthropology,
archaeology, prehistory, oral traditions, the arts,
and allied fields. With this note, we wish to inform
ou of the up-coming Second International Conference on

to be held 7-14 January 1999 on The Mediterranean
Island of Malta.

The sky makes up half of mankind's world; the Earth
around us makes up the other half. This meeting will
explore mankind's fascination with the astronomical
phenomena that define the sky—the lights in the sky,
by day and by night—which have been a strong and
often dominant element in human life and culture.
Scholars from a variety of disciplines (including
Archaeology, Art, Classics, History and Prehistory,
Mythology and Folklore, Philosophy, the Physical
Sciences, and Religion) will attend "INSAP II" to
discuss the impacts astronomical phenomena have
had on mankind. Presentations by attendees will
be grouped under four main topics: Literature;
Art; Myth and Religion; History and Prehistory.
The Conference will allow the attendees to address
the many and variegated cultural impacts of the
perceptions of the day and night skies, providing
a mechanism for a broad group of artists, historians,
philosophers, and scientists to meet, compare notes,
and have the chance to ask those questions of each
other about their work which may have been lying
fallow for decades. Attendance will be by invitation
from among those applying. Full information on the
Conference and an application form can be obtained
from the Conference Website.

This Conference is the second to be held on this
general theme. Details of the first meeting (held at
Castel Gandolfo, Vatican State, 27 June-2 July
1994), and the publication references that include
many of the papers presented there, may be found also
at the Conference Website. This Conference is
sponsored by the OTS Foundation and the Vatican
Observatory. Please circulate or post this

The Organizing Committee:

Raymond E. White, Steward Observatory,
University of Arizona (Chair) (

George V. Coyne, S.J., Vatican Observatory

Rolf M. Sinclair, National Science Foundation,
Arlington VA (

Frank Ventura, Malta (