• January 29, 2015 at 9:31 am

    This spring the Divinity School at the University of Chicago is hosting a conference exploring the role of astrology in the medieval Islamic world. The following discription from the conference website:


    This conference  will use the particular case study of astrology as a means to study the broader implications of boundary-work. It will examine the intersections among science, the occult, and the religious cultures that lived in the medieval Islamic world—including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. The conference hopes to complicate the categories of magic, science, and religion by looking at how boundaries between these fields were articulated by medieval scholars. Boundary-work, by its very nature, is interdisciplinary; the conference will bring together scholars of religious studies, history, sociology, art, and science studies to collectively examine the chosen case study of astrology. By looking at practices of, categorizations of, and debates surrounding astrology in the medieval Islamic world, the conference hopes to shed light on the broader questions of when, where, why, and how definitions and boundaries are established between science, magic, and religion.


    This looks like it will be a compelling conference. If you are in the Chicago area this spring, consider attending! More information can be found at the conference website.

  • January 29, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Also, thank you Austin for bringing this to my attention.

  • January 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    No problem.   It would be wonderful if there was a way to get a recording of the proceedings.  Is anyone going to be in attendance?

  • March 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Hello Jenn, Austin, and AYA community. Thank you for sharing this link. This was initially brought to my attention by fellow astrologer Elodie St-Onge-Aubut. I am currently residing in Chicago and have been in contact with the conference organizers to see if all panels are open to the public and if they will be recorded. The good news is the conference is free and open. Unfortunately, they are not planning on recording any sessions. I will follow up to distinguish if this is due to a lack of equipment/volunteers or if they do not wish to openly distribute the talks.

    I would be willing to offer to record the sessions but first wanted to ask you all… does anyone recommend a low-tech way of recording these speakers? I am relatively tech savvy and could manage with my Mac laptop, an Android app, or purchasing a small mic. But I have no equipment or experience with major recording devices or editing. Any suggestions would be appreciated and further researched.

  • April 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    That would be amazing, Allyson.  Thank you for offering.

    As far as recording goes, I don’t have much for solutions.  I used to have a little handheld digital recorder that worked admirably for recording lectures, but that is all I can recommend.  I’m sure we have some more tech savvy people about who might have better solutions.