"...the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an 'object' which is proper to it..."
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. He was a major figure at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. He introduced the concept of the mundus imaginalis into contemporary thought. His work has provided a foundation for archetypal psychology as developed by James Hillman and influenced countless poets and artists worldwide. But Corbin’s central project was to provide a framework for understanding the unity of the religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His great work Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the three great monotheisms. Corbin’s life was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of the religions of the West and makes a profound contribution to the study of the place of the imagination in human life.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Astrology in Time & Place


Time And Place LogoAstrology in Time and Place
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2012
BRSLI, 16-19 Queen Square, Bath

Astrology in Time and Place

Saturday 23-Sunday 24 June 2012
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-19 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
£45 one day / £65 both days
Sponsored jointly by The Sophia Centre, Culture and Cosmos and the Sophia Centre Press



8.30     Registration and Refreshments

9.20     Welcome

9.30     Bernadette Brady (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
Aristotle's idea of 'place' within contemporary astrology

10.00               Gustav-Adolf Schoener (Leibniz University of Hanover)
The Difference between Methods of Natural Sciences and Methods of Religious Studies on Modern Astrology.

10.30   Johann Hasler (Departamento de Música, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia)
The sounding zodiacs in Western musical theory: an overview of proposals for musical interpretation of astrological data from Ptolemy to the late 20th century


11.30   Charles Burnett
(Professor of the History of Islamic Influences at the Warburg Institute of the University of London)
Johannes Borotin as student and teacher of the science of the stars in fifteenth-century Prague


2.00     David Pankenier(Department of Modern Languages & Literature, Lehigh University)
On Chinese Astrology's Impermeability to Western Influences

3.00     Kristina Buhrman (University of Southern California)
Ptolemy and Sima Qian in 11thCentury Japan: Combining Disparate Astrologies in Practice


4.00     Ulla Koch (Carsten Niebuhr Institute, University of Copenhagen)
The Meaning of Time: Calendar Divination

4.30     Michael Grofe (Maya Exploration Centre)
Eternity in an Hour: the astronomical symbolism of the Era as the Maya agricultural year

5.00     Christel Mattheeuws (Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen)
The Journey of Calendars, Wind and Life in the Indian Ocean



9.30     Micah Ross and Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum (Kyōto Sangyō University; University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
Various renderings of pinax in Greek and Demotic in the Medînet Mâdi ostraca

10.00   Helen R. Jacobus (University College London)
The Zodiac Calendar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q318) in relation to Babylonian Horoscopes

10.30   David W. Kim (University of Edinburgh)
A Sethian Iconography: The Astrology of Tchacos Judas:


11.30   Micah Ross (Kyōto Sangyō University)
A Study in the Early Iconography of Gemini

12.00   Matthew Kosuta (College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand)
The relationship between Theravada Buddhism and astrology with an emphasis on the modern period and Thailand.

12.30   LUNCH

2.00     Mario Friscia (University of La Sapienza, Rome)
Astrology and its ritual applications: Propitiation of the planet Saturn within the Sun temple at Suriyanar Koyil (Tamil Nadu, India). A case-study from contemporary Tamil Shaivism

2.30     Audrius Benorius (Director of the Center of Oriental Studies, Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Transformations of the Social and Religious Status of the Indian Astrologer at the Royal Court

3.00     Michael York (Former Professor of Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Bath Spa University)
Religion versus Science: Science versus Religion: Whither Astrology: Whithersoever?

4.00     CLOSE

Nick Campion
Sophia Centre

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