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Saturday, March 3, 2018 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Pembroke College, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DW
The Pichette Auditorium

A One-Day Symposium on Early Cosmological Literature

Morning: Cosmogonies
Lea Cantor, MSt Candidate, Worcester College
Is There a Unified Reality, and How is Reality Generated?
A Comparative Study of Parmenides, Heraclitus, Laozi, and Zhuangzi
Domenico Giordani, DPhil Candidate, St John’s College
Roman Urbigony
Bernardo Ballesteros Petrella, DPhil Candidate, Balliol College
Babylonian and Early Greek Perspectives on Mankind’s Cosmic Context

Afternoon: Cosmographies
Corina Smith, DPhil Candidate, Pembroke College (Convenor)
Infinite Flowering: Fractal Reality in the Huainanzi
Dr. Panayiotis Christoforou, Departmental Lecturer, Magdalen College
Rome, the Empire, and Beyond: Roman and Imperial Conceptualities
of the World through Pliny the Elder’s Natural History
Dr. Janine Nicol, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, London
A Clash of Cosmographies: The Buddhist Challenge to the Chinese
Conception of the World, and its Implications

Tea and coffee provided. Attendance is free, however places are limited.
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