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INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR ASTRONOMY
“AN INTRODUCTION TO FIELD TECHNIQUES
IN ETHNOASTRONOMY” WORKSHOP
Professor Wayne Orchiston (Senior Researcher, NARIT)
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.
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.
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
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