Who we are
The European Society for Astronomy in Culture is a Professional Association of scientists working in the field of Astronomy in Culture or Anthropological Astronomy, including the interdisciplinary disciplines of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. However, researchers in nearby fields of science like History of Astronomy, Mythology, Spatial Archaeology or Cosmology are also welcomed in the SEAC.
SEAC does not have a physical seat. The Executive Committee (EC) represents the Society. The Society was born in Strasbourg (France) in 1992, under the inspiration of the late Professor Carlos Jaschek, and had its inaugural meeting in Smolyan (Bulgaria) in the summer of 1993.
SEAC is now an organization of about 80 members from 18 countries. In the last years, the integration of scholars from the former socialist countries took place which was one of the substantial aims of the Society. Although the nucleus of members is composed of European scientists, researchers from other continents are welcomed to join the Society and participate actively in it.
The SEAC is the oldest professional association of archaeoastronomers. It is worth saying that the experience in dealing with different scientific traditions of methodological procedures and theoretical positions allowed SEAC to inspire the creation in the U.S. of ISAAC (International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture) and to take active part in the creation on the Latin American Society of Cultural Astronomy (SACLA) which is now under the way.
A series of annual meetings held alternatively in eastern and western Europe promote contacts among members, and the edition and publication of Proceedings has become a well established medium of scientific exchange. The edition of the Proceedings, with an average of some 20 peer-reviewed papers each, may in fact be considered as a substitute for an annual journal.
Information is also provided through an annual Newsletter. These issues have provided information on the research carried out by the Society members in different parts of the world.
We want to promote the interdisciplinary study of astronomical practise in its cultural context as a topic of considerable importance within the general study of human societies and their relationship to their environment.
to promote research seeking to develop our understanding of the cultural significance of astronomical knowledge through the integration of techniques and methods within the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and other disciplines.