Introduction

UNESCO

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR ASTRONOMY

“AN INTRODUCTION TO FIELD TECHNIQUES 

IN ETHNOASTRONOMY” WORKSHOP

 

 

SELECTION RESULTS

 

PROJECT MANAGER

Professor Wayne Orchiston (Senior Researcher, NARIT)

 

RATIONALE

The International Astronomical Union recognises ethnoastronomy is a specialist area of History of Astronomy which, along with archaeoastronomy, cuts across discipline boundaries.  As the pace of acculturation and cultural change accelerates world-wide, the opportunities to conduct ethnoastronomical research diminish accordingly, yet increasing numbers of astronomers are becoming aware of the special potential of ethnoastronomy.  For many, though, they lack the requisite training and experience to conduct such research.  This workshop will help to rectify this.

 

OBJECTIVE

To provide the 20 students from Asia, the Americas and Africa selected for this workshop with an overview of ethnoastronomical research that has been carried out in SE Asia and Australia; teach them fieldwork techniques used in ethnoastronomical research; and allow them briefly to experiment with these techniques through a field experiment.

 

EXPECTED OUTPUT/OUTCOME

By the end of this workshop the students will 

be familiar with different ethnoastronomical research projects that have been carried out in India, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand

be aware of the range of data that can be used in ethnoastronomical research

be aware of the special challenges associated with conducting ethnoastronomical fieldwork

have gained personal fieldwork experience by having participated in a brief ethnoastronomical fieldwork project

have the confidence and knowledge to conduct their own ethnoastronomical research projects

be aware of which universities worldwide offer graduate degrees in ethnoastronomy

be aware of the leading astronomers worldwide who currently conduct ethnoastronomical research

be aware of those conferences that are dedicated to ethnoastronomy, or that frequently include ethnoastronomy as a part of their more wide-ranging programs

be familiar with the academic journals that regularly publish papers on ethnoastronomy 

 

OTHER

Since its founding, NARIT has organising many international courses and workshops, but this will be the first one in the specialist field of ethnoastronomy.  This will not only broaden NARIT’s range of expertise and experience, but also cater for a growing international demand among astronomers.  

 

NARIT and the Project Manager have had extensive experience in organising international meetings, workshops and conferences over many years.  This expertise will be tapped in planning and implementing the Ethnoastronomy Workshop.

 

Event Date and Place: 15 - 19 May, 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Workshop Language: English