Introduction

SEAAN HISTORY AND HERITAGE WORKING GROUP

“SH&H2017: EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF SE ASIAN ASTRONOMY”

 

1  DATE

The SH&H2017 Meeting will be held in Mandalay, Myanmar, on 

Monday-Tuesday 27‒28 November 2017, prior to the annual SEAAN 

Meeting on Wednesday-Thursday 29‒30 November. 

 

 

2  VENUE

Eastern Palace Hotel

66A | 19th Street | Between 57th and 58th Street |Mandalay | 100101 | Myanmar

Ph: +95 261016    Fax:  +95 261472  Mob: +95 9 783487473

 

 

3  THEMES

Recent research on mainstream areas of SE Asian astronomical history 

Recent research on ethnoastronomy and archaeoastronomy

The impact of India and China on SE Asian astronomical history

 

 

4  SCIENTIFIC ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Professor Wayne Orchiston (Thailand – Chair) 

Dr Lars Gislén (Sweden)

Dr Duane Hamacher (Australia)

Professor Bambang Hidayat (Indonesia)

Professor Lê Thành Lân (Vietnam)

Dr Srikumar Menon (India) 

Dr Yukio Ohashi (Japan) 

Professor Akira Okazaki (Japan) 

Dr Emanuel Sungging Mumpuni (Indonesia) 

Professor Jesus Torres (Philippines)

Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum (Thailand) 

Professor Mayank Vahia (India)

 

 

5  TARGET AUDIENCE 

Professional astronomers, university staff, graduate students with an interest in SE Asian astronomical history, and interested members of the general public.

 

 

6  ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

        Please make your own way to Mandalay for the H & H Meeting.  Make sure that you arrive sometime on Sunday 26 November, as the H & H Meeting will start promptly on the Monday morning.  

 

        Make your own way from the airport, train station or bus terminal to the hotel (details of which will be provided later) - the cost of a shared taxi is very reasonable. 

 

        Once you are in Mandalay, NARIT will cover the cost of accommodation (on a shared room basis) for the nights of 26, 27 and 28 November, and meals on 27 and 28 November.  Note that any meals on 26 November will be your own responsibility.

 

 

7  PUBLIC LECTURE

        On Monday evening (27 November) there will be a free public lecture by Professor Wayne Orchiston (NARIT, Thailand), on 

        “Temples, Telescopes, Eclipses and Ethnoastronomy: Exploring Southeast Asia’s Exciting Astronomical History”

 

 

8  DINNER AND SING-ALONG

        On Tuesday evening (28 November) there will be a Meeting Dinner, followed by our traditional sing-along.  

 

 

9  PROCEEDINGS

        We have already signed a contract with Springer, to publish the following book:

 

        Orchiston, W., and Vahia, M. (eds.), 2018. Exploring the History of SE Asian Astronomy: A Review of Current Projects and Future Prospects and Possibilities. Springer International Publishing.

 

       This book will include papers from the first SEAAN H & H Meeting (Ao Nang, Thailand, December 2015) and the Mandalay meeting. 

 

        The submission deadline for new manuscripts will be 31 January 2018, guaranteeing that the book will be published in 2018.  This book surely will be popular with libraries and collectors, as the first book ever published on SE Asian astronomical history.  Come to the H & H Meeting and make sure that your paper is included in it.  Then you, too, can become part of history!

 

 

10  GETTING TO MANDALAY FROM OVERSEAS

        Mandalay International Airport receives international flights from Singapore (Silk Air), Hongkong (Myanmar National Airline), Guangzhou and Kunming (China Eastern Airline), Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok Airways, Myanmar National Airline), Bangkok: Don Muang Airport (Thai Air Asia), and Chiang Mai (Bangkok Airways).

 

        Meanwhile, for those who cannot fly directly to Mandalay, many international airlines fly to Yangon International Airport, near the nation’s capital.  They are:  from Tokyo: Narita (All Nippon Airways); Seoul (Korean Air); Beijing and Kunming (Air China); Taipei (China Airlines); Hongkong (Cathay Dragon, Myanmar National Airline); Hanoi and Ho Chi Mihn City (Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines); Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok Airways, Myanmar National Airline, Thai Airways); Bangkok: Don Muang Airport (Nok Air, Thai Air Asia, Thai Lion); Kuala Lumpur (Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo); Singapore (Jetstar Asia Airways, Myanmar National Airline, Silk Air, Scoot); Delhi, Gaya and Kolcata (Air India); and Dubai (Emirates).

 

        From Yangon, at least nine airlines fly directly to Mandalay, but other cheaper—although much slower—travel options are train, bus and boat.

 

 

11  VISAS

        Myanmar is an ASEAN country, so nationals from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines and Indonesia do not need to obtain visas—just bring a passport that still has a least 6 months before it needs to be renewed.  All other nationals must obtain a Myanmar visa in order to enter the country.  You can obtain this from your nearest Myanmar diplomatic mission, and you should allow at least 3 weeks from the date you make the application.

French Jesuit observations of the 11 December 1685 lunar eclipse from Lop Buri, Thailand.

 

*  Unfortunately, our original plan to hold the 2017 H & H Meeting in Bagan did not prove feasible, given the extra expense and difficulty of getting to Bagan, and the lack of suitable accommodation and conference facilities there.