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Eclipse: The 16th Annual Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Eclipses are singular moments that bring people together in wonder and awe. Occurring only a few times in our life span, eclipses foster conscious reflection on humankind and our relationships with nature and the cosmos. Not only are eclipses a natural phenomenon, but they make us think about our own lives. Eclipses are the result of a complex interplay of factors, much like our individual experiences. This precarity calls into mind what is, what might have been, or what might be.

For this colloquium, we invite students and faculty to propose papers, panels, artwork, posters, performances, or workshops that will allow us to explore the many facets of eclipses, from their scientific underpinnings to their cultural and historical significance.

Topics may include:

  • Rare or singular events
  • Eclipses in pop culture
  • Natural phenomena and their interpretations
  • The mystical and the marvelous
  • Transformation
  • Boundaries and mediation
  • Interpretive lenses
  • Visibility and obscurity
  • Participatory events
  • Overshadowing and outshining
  • Rotations, orbits, and trajectories
  • Darkness and light
  • Revolutions and revelations
  • The apocalyptic

To submit a proposal, please send 250-word abstracts with name, contact information, and departmental affiliation to usi1lacolloquium@usi.edu by Thursday, February 15, 2024

NOTE: Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.