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CALL FOR PAPERS — "City of Stars"

The Eighth International Conference on The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena (INSAP VIII)
Sunday July 7 — Friday July 12, 2013
New York City, USA

Rose Center Night

Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium.

We are pleased to announce that the eighth international conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena (INSAP VIII), "City of Stars," co-sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Academy of Sciences, and NYSkies Astronomy, Inc.  It will be held at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC, from Sunday, July 7 through Friday July 12, 2013.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore humanity's fascination with the sky, a strong and sometimes dominant element in human culture—with emphasis on how this influence has reached demographics (especially people in cities) where one would not otherwise find the occasion to look up. 

Scholars from multiple disciplines, including the humanities and sciences, as well the arts, are invited to present and discuss their work on the cultural impact and inspiration of astronomical phenomena, from a historical or contemporary perspective. The list of topics discussed at previous INSAP conferences is available at the INSAP web site.

Keynote Speakers

  • Opening: Piero Boitani (Sapienza University of Rome) speaking on "Circulation of Stars."
  • Dinner: Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College, California) speaking on "The Music of the Spheres: Good Music Inspired by Good Astronomy."

Reception & Tour of the Universe

Sunday Evening, July 7, 2013

Cullman Hall of the Universe, Rose Center for Earth & Space, American Museum of Natural History


Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Thursday, July 11, afternoon

  • Tour: The astronomical artwork and starry ceiling of New York City's Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street & Park Avenue

Important Dates:

  • March 31, 2013: Deadline for submission of abstracts.
  • April 30, 2013: Announcement of provisional program.
  • May 1, 2013: Conference Registration opens for successful submissions.
  • May 31, 2013: Deadline for revision of abstracts.
  • June 1, 2013, Late registration begins.


Fees include the conference reception, breakfast and lunch during the conference, and the conference dinner (July 10) and tour (July 11).

  • $350 (payment by May 31)
  • $400 (payment on or after June 1)

Additional Details:

Attendance is limited to 100 participants. Submission of abstracts is open until March 31, 2013.

Conference registration will thereafter be offered to those whose abstracts were selected by the Local Organizing Committee.

Note that if you apply to display a poster or artwork, we will provide you with a short speaking slot to briefly introduce your work to the conference.  

The Conference will be held in the American Museum of Natural History, on the Upper West Side of New York City.  The Museum is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.  The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

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