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Open Cultural Astronomy Forum


Promoting Research in Cultural Astronomy

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About us

This is a seminar series initiated by Mehrnoosh Tahani (DRAO, Canada) and Ray Norris (WSU/CSIRO, Australia), to understand the role of astronomy in cultures, the influence of cultures on current astronomy, and to inspire more students from diverse backgrounds to pursue astronomy.


Seminars currently take place on the first Thursday of each month (on a semi-monthly basis) at 23:00 UTC, which is currently 9:00 (Friday) AEST and 16:00 (Thursday) PDT. 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: 895 7606 8662

Passcode: OCAF


Schedule of Seminars:

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 Oct 6        



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