Welcome to the Sophia Centre Press
The Sophia Centre Press was founded in 2009 as part of the University of Wales’ spin-out business programme. The Press is associated with the University’s Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, and the School’s MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.
The Press publishes academic work which fulfils the Centre’s academic goals, which are 'to pursue research, scholarship and teaching in the relationship between astrological, astronomical and cosmological beliefs and theories, and society, politics, religion and the arts, past and present' and to 'to undertake the academic and critical examination of astrology and its practice'. The Press supports scholarship, education, conferences and academic networking in the subject area.
On a wider level the Press is concerned with the study of cosmology in culture, including cultural astronomy and astrology. We define cultural astronomy as the ‘study of the application of beliefs about the stars to all aspects of human culture, from religion and science to the arts and literature’. It includes the new discipline of archaeoastronomy – the study of astronomical alignments, orientation and symbolism in architecture, ancient and modern. Astrology, meanwhile, is 'the practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth, and the tradition that has thus been generated’. The field is wide and may include the use of ritual calendars, the history and development of the horoscope, the artistic or literary impact of astronomy, religious conceptions of the stars or philosophical contexts of modern cosmology.
We welcome enquiries and submissions of post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral research and conference proceedings for consideration. Suitable approaches may be historical or contemporary, anthropological, sociological or philosophical.