The Programme

Schedule (Draft)

 

Day/Date/Time (2017)

Program

Sunday 14 May

 

Afternoon

Registration

18.30–20.30

Reception

Monday 15 May

 

09.00–09.15

Welcome: Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (NARIT Executive Director)

Introduction: Professor Wayne Orchiston

09.15–10.30

“Ethnoastronomy: A Special Research Area of Astronomy” (Professor Wayne Orchiston)

10.30–11.00

Morning Tea

11.00–12.30

“Ethnoastronomy in India: A Personal Perspective” (Professor Mayank Vahia)

12.30–14.00

Lunch

14.00–15.30

“Ethnoastronomy in SE Asia: A Personal Perspective” (Professor Wayne Orchiston)

15.30–16.00

Afternoon Tea

16.00–17.00

“Ethoastronomy in Malaysia: A Personal Perspective” (Professor Fatan Yahaya)

17.00–18.00

Introducing the Fieldwork Project (Professor Wayne Orchiston and Pisit Nitiyanant)

Tuesday 16 May

 

09.00–10.30

“Ethnoastronomy in Australia: A Personal Perspective” (Dr Duane Hamacher)

10.30–11.00

Morning Tea

11.00–12.30

“Fieldwork Techniques in Anthropology” (Professor Fatan Yahaya)

12.30–14.00

Lunch

14.00–15.30

“Our Fieldwork Techniques in Ethnoastronomy” (Professor Mayank Vahia and Ganesh Halkare)

15.30–16.00

Afternoon Tea

16.00–17.00

“My Fieldwork Techniques in Ethnoastronomy” (Dr Duane Hamacher)

17.00–1800

“Studying Māori Ethnoastronomy” (Professor Wayne Orchiston)

19.00–22.00

Workshop Dinner

Wednesday 17 May

 

09.00–10.30

Fieldwork Project: Final Briefing

10.30–11.00

Morning Tea

11.00–22.00

Fieldwork Project: The Traditional Northern Thai Perception of the Night Sky (includes Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner)

Thursday 18 May

 

10.30–11.00

Morning Tea

11.00–12.30

Fieldwork Project: Analysis (Group Moderator: Dr Duane Hamacher)

12.30–14.00

Lunch

15.00–20.00

Fieldwork Project: Follow-up visit (includes Afternoon Tea and Dinner)

Friday 19 May

 

09.00–15.30

Excursion: The Thai National Observatory (includes Morning Tea and Lunch)

15.30–16.00

Afternoon Tea

16.00–17.00

The Fieldwork Project and Ethnoastronomical Research: Group Discussion (Group Moderator: Professor Mayank Vahia)

17.00–17.30

Workshop Evaluation and Presentation of Certificates (Professor Wayne Orchiston)

FINISH

 

 

Note: The programme is subjected to be changed without prior notice

 

The Fieldwork Project: The Traditional Northern Thai Perception of the Night Sky

This project aims to learn what elders from a Northern Thai village identify and recognise in their night sky.  In the limited time available, we will seek to learn something about some or all of the following topics: 

Do the villagers distinguish between stars and planets?  

Do they have names for different stars (and if so which ones)?

Do they recognise different asterisms, and if they do, what do these mean and how do they differ from ‘Western’ constellations?  

How do they explain the movement of the stars across the sky in the course of an evening?  

What does the Moon mean to the villagers, and how do they explain its changing phases?

What do lunar (and solar) eclipses mean to them?

Do they have names for meteors, and what do they think meteors are?