Dr. Darrelyn Gunzburg BA Hons (Open), Open University 2006, PhD, University of Bristol, 2014.

Tutor

E-mail: d.gunzburg@uwtsd.ac.uk

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I am a permanent part-time tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology and module tutor for History of Astrology. I grade student essays, run online training skills tutorials, and supervise MA dissertation students. I also contribute to the organisation of the non-compulsory Summer Schools run every year, in particular the field trips, and have curated two photographic exhibitions that were run in conjunction with the Summer School.

  • International Centre of Medieval Art (ICMA)
  • Association of Art Historians (AAH)
  • Italian Art Society (IAS)
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • European Society for the Study of Astronomy in Culture (SEAC)

I completed my BA (Hons) after moving to the UK from Australia. Although I began with a module of Shakespeare, having worked extensively as a playwright in Australia, my academic interests moved to History of Art and both my BA (Hons) awarded by the Open University in 2006, and my PhD, awarded by the University of Bristol in 2014,  specialized in European medieval History of Art. My doctoral thesis is entitled: 'Giotto's Salone: an astrological investigation into the fresco scheme of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione'.

In 2009 I joined the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2010, teaching on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.

Alongside this position, from 2010-2015 I taught undergraduate History of Art and History students at the University of Bristol (HIST13015: Approaching The Past, HART10215: Introduction to Medieval Art, HART20009: Early Italian Art, HART22225: Special Field Project, HART22223: History and Theories of Art, and HART10215: Introduction to Medieval Art).

Teaching

My current teaching is now solely focused on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.

AHAN7002 Introduction to Cultural Astronomy and Astrology      
This module introduces the study of astronomy, astrology and cosmology in relation to culture.

AHAN7003 History of Astrology
This module examines the history of astrology from its origin in Mesopotamia through its transmission to Greece, Egypt and classical Rome and its revival in the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries.

AHAN7024 Heavenly Discourses
This module explores human relationship with the sky though zodiacs, astrolabes, maps, poetry, literature, music, architecture and the visual arts.

Past MA module, no longer taught:
MARCH7820: The Medieval Cosmos.

My academic interests lie in the art historical and visual astronomical exploration of frescos and sculpture in medieval Italy, and medieval Italian building alignments, as well as how, in contemporary western astrology, meaning is derived from natal horoscopes.

My current projects include a chapter entitled ‘A Travelling Feast: Corpus Christi on the walls of the Paduan Salone’ in a collection of essays to be published by Taylor and Francis as Medieval Travel and Travelers, Real and Imagined: Travel as Transformation edited by June-Ann Greeley (forthcoming), and a chapter entitled ‘Reflecting on Mary: Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna dei Tramonti (Madonna of the Sunsets) in the Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi’in a collection of essays to be published by Brill, as The Medieval Franciscans and the Virgin Mary, edited by Steven J. McMichael  (forthcoming).

Other research projects coordinated within the Sophia Centre:

Welsh Monastic Skyscapes Project (August 2014 – present)

In August 2014, together with Bernadette Brady, Fabio Silva and assisted by MA graduate Pamela Armstrong, I was involved with a pilot study measuring 23 Welsh monasteries. We used an interdisciplinary methodology, drawing together the fields of anthropology, archaeoastronomy, art history, and medieval architecture combined with an empirical investigative style.  This methodology took into account the orientation of the abbey, the altitude of its windows, and how the structure made use of the local topography to emphasise the sun’s light on theologically significant days of the religious calendar. In amalgamating these factors, we employed the idea of skyscapes, the complex union of architecture and sky to create a unique relationship to the heavens. Our work revealed a vibrant theological relationship between stone, architecture, and landscape. We presented our findings at a seminar for The Centre for Medieval Studies at The University of Bristol on 29 October 2015 and our first paper was published in Cîteaux – Commentarii cistercienses in May 2017. This project is ongoing.

Books – as editor

2016: The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives, Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.

Papers in Refereed Journals and Edited Books (forthcoming)

2018 (forthcoming): ‘Reflecting on Mary: The Splendour of the Madonna in the Lower Church of Assisi.’ In The Medieval Franciscans and the Virgin Mary, edited by Steven J. McMichael, Franciscan Tradition in the Middle Ages. Leiden: Brill (forthcoming 2018).

2017 (forthcoming): ‘The Representation of Celestial Images in the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’ in Astrology in the Near East, ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, The Oriental Institute, Oxford University.

2017 (forthcoming): ‘Al-Qabisi’, in Astrology: An Encyclopedia of Belief and Skepticism in the Stars and Calendars, edited by William E. Burns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

2017 (forthcoming): ‘Art’, in Astrology: An Encyclopedia of Belief and Skepticism in the Stars and Calendars, edited by William E. Burns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

2017 (forthcoming): ‘Medieval European Astrology’ in Astrology: An Encyclopedia of Belief and Skepticism in the Stars and Calendars, edited by William E. Burns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Papers In Refereed Journals and Edited Books

2016: Brady, Bernadette, Darrelyn Gunzburg, and Fabio Silva. ‘The Orientation of Cistercian Churches in Wales: A Cultural Astronomy Case Study.’ Cîteaux – Commentarii cistercienses 67, no. 3-4: 275-302.

2016: ‘Giotto’s Sky: The Fresco Paintings of the First Floor Salone of the Palazzo Della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ In The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg. 87-113. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.

2013 ‘Giotto's Sky: The fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4 : 407-433.

2013: ‘The Perugia Fountain: An Encyclopaedia of Sky, Culture and Society’. In Sky and Symbol, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 103-118. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

2011: ‘How Do Astrologers Read Charts?’ In Astrologies: Plurality and Diversity, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 181-200. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

2010: ‘Looking Back: The Transgression of Social Codes Explored through the Direct Gaze in Fra Angelico’s San Marco Altarpiece When Compared with Madonna and Child with Eight Saints’. St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies 14, 31-44.

I have written extensively for The Art Book, Cassone, and Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies.

Recent Conference Papers

2016:  ‘Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone’, Astronomy in Past and Present Cultures, TAG (The Theoretical Archeology Group), 20 December, 2016. Southampton, UK.

2016: Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: The Cistercians in Wales - TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group), 19-21 December 2016, Southampton, UK.

2016:  Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: the Cistercians in Wales - SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), 12-18 September 2016, Bath, UK.

2016: ‘Reflecting on Mary: Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna dei Tramonti (Madonna of the
Sunsets) in the Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi’: Special Session – The Medieval Franciscans and the Virgin Mary, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12-15 May, 2016.

Editorial positions:

Editorial Board, Cassone, The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books (2011-2015).

Exhibitions curated

2015 A Celebration of Light and Skyscapes, Tuesday 22-28 June, BRSLI, Bath.

2011 Visions of Heaven, 14–23 October 2011, Bristol Gallery, Bristol.

Conferences organised

2011: ‘Heavenly Discourses’, University of Bristol, 13-16 October (Co-Chair and Organiser).

2010: ‘Imagining Astrology: Painted Schemes and Threads of the Soul’ University of Bristol (Co-Chair and Organiser). 

Conference Stream Organiser

2015: Special Session - Astrology and Medieval Literature, 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 14-17 May, 2015. 

Recent Conference Papers

2016:  ‘Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone’, Astronomy in Past and Present Cultures, TAG (The Theoretical Archeology Group), 20 December, 2016. Southampton, UK.

2016: Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: The Cistercians in Wales - TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group), 19-21 December 2016, Southampton, UK.

2016:  Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: the Cistercians in Wales - SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), 12-18 September 2016, Bath, UK.

2016: ‘Reflecting on Mary: Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna dei Tramonti (Madonna of the
Sunsets) in the Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi’: Special Session – The Medieval Franciscans and the Virgin Mary, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12-15 May, 2016.

2015: ‘Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone’, Astronomy in Past and Present Cultures, SEAC (International Conference of the European Society forAstronomy in Culture), 9-15 November, Rome, Italy.

2014: ‘Reading the Horoscope, Becoming the Other’, BASR annual conference, Open University, 3-5 September 2014.

Invited Conference Papers

2015: ‘Motif and memory within the zodiac constellations in art: a ‘pittura’ franca’, Astrology As Art: Representation and Practice, Sophia Centre Conference, Bath, UK 27-28 June.