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Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena
Malta, January 1999

We wish to inform you of the up-coming Second International Conference on
January 1999 on The Mediterranean Island of Malta

The sky makes up half of mankind's world; the Earth around us makes up the
other half. This meeting will explore mankind's fascination with the
astronomical phenomena that define the sky -- the lights in the sky, by day
and by night -- which have been a strong and often dominant element in
human life and culture. Scholars from a variety of disciplines (including
Archaeology, Art, Classics, History and Prehistory, Literature, Mythology
and Folklore, Philosophy, the Physical Sciences, and Religion) will attend
"INSAP II" to discuss the impacts astronomical phenomena have had on
mankind. Presentations by attendees will be grouped under four main topics:
Literature; Art; Myth and Religion; History and Prehistory.

The Conference will allow the attendees to address the many and variegated
cultural impacts of the perceptions of the day and night skies, providing a
mechanism for a broad group of artists, historians, philosophers, and
scientists to meet, compare notes, and have the chance to ask those
questions of each other about their work which may have been lying fallow
for decades. Attendance will be by invitation from among those applying.
Full information on the Conference and an application form can be obtained
from our Website ( or by
contacting the Organizing Committee. Deadline for applications July 31,

This Conference is the second to be held on this general theme. Details of
the first meeting (held at Castel Gandolfo, Vatican State, 27 June-2 July
1994), and the publication references that include many of the papers
presented there, may be found also at the above Website.

This Conference is sponsored by the OTS Foundation and the Vatican Observatory.

Please circulate or post this announcement further.

The Organizing Committee:
Professor Raymond E. White, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
(Chair) (
Rev. George V. Coyne, S. J., The Vatican Observatory: (
Dr. Rolf M. Sinclair, National Science Foundation, Arlington VA
Prof. Frank Ventura, Malta (