• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Whenever you search in PBworks or on the Web, Dokkio Sidebar (from the makers of PBworks) will run the same search in your Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Gmail, Slack, and browsed web pages. Now you can find what you're looking for wherever it lives. Try Dokkio Sidebar for free.



Page history last edited by Ray Norris 1 month ago

Open Cultural Astronomy Forum


Promoting Research in Cultural Astronomy

  • This wiki is publicly viewable, but editable only by the administrators. 
  • Anybody can sign up for the OCAF mailing list by sending an empty e-mail to ocaf-seminar+subscribe[at]googlegroups.com (when you receive the "join" email, confirm your subscription by responding with another empty email).


About us

This is a seminar series initiated by Mehrnoosh Tahani (Stanford University & Banting, USA & Canada) and Ray Norris (WSU/CSIRO, Australia), to understand the role of astronomy in cultures and the influence of cultures on current astronomy.


Seminars currently take place on the first Thursday of each month (on a semi-monthly basis) at 23:00 UTC, which is currently 10:00 (Friday) AEDT and 15:00 (Thursday) PST. In the future we may increase the frequency of meetings and adjust the time to suit other international time zones.


No registration is needed - just turn up! Access is via zoom. 


Meeting ID: 960 6348 4885

Passcode: 000000


Schedule of Seminars for 2023:

Time and Date (UTC)  Speaker (Affiliation)                   Title (click for abstract)                                                                       Recording

23:00 UTC Thur Feb 2

Dr. Mia de los Reyes (Stanford University)

What's in a name?

video chat slides




Schedule of Seminars for 2022:

Time and Date (UTC)  Speaker (Affiliation)                   Title (click for abstract)                                                                       Recording
23:00 UTC Thur Feb 3

Prof. Wayne Orchiston (University of Southern Queensland) & Mrs. Darunee Lingling Orchiston

"It's Now or Never": Changing cultures and the investigation of indigenous astronomical systems 

video   chat

23:00 UTC Thur Apr 7

Ms. Jennifer Howse (University of Calgary, Rothney Astrophysical Observatory)

Finding Our Place in the Night Sky  video   chat 
23:00 UTC Thur May 5

Prof. Duane Hamacher (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Exploring the influence of meteors on culture and society  video   chat 
23:00 UTC Thur Jun 2

Prof. Johnson Ozoemenam Urama (University of Nigeria, Nsukka)

The Igbo Calendar: Exploring the Endogenous Astronomy of South-Eastern Nigeria

video   chat

23:00 UTC Thur Aug 4 

Dr. Robert Fuller (Western Sydney University) 

Giving Back; it’s not hard 

(links given in the talk: Gamilaraay project, Stellarium, Star stories of the Dreaming)

video   chat 
23:00 UTC Thur Dec 1 

Prof. Hilding Neilson (Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador)

The night sky is part of the land: the ongoing colonization in astronomy research and space exploration

video chat 



Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.