#BlackInAstro: A Glimpse Into African Cultural Astronomy

  • Jarita Holbrook

Press/Media: Research


Presentation of the contents of my article "Celestial Women in Africa" for the Astrobites community. 

Period28 Aug 2020

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  • Title#BlackInAstro: A Glimpse Into African Cultural Astronomy
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAstrobites
    Media typeWeb
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    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Descriptionby Briley Lewis | Aug 28, 2020 | Current Events, Daily Paper Summaries | 1 comment Title: Celestial Women in Africa Author: Dr. Jarita Holbrook First Author’s Institution: University of the Western Cape, South Africa Status: Submitted to Cultural History of the Universe, Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh; Available on arXiv [open access] Dr. Jarita Holbrook Dr. Jarita Holbrook studies more than just the sky. After earning her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from University of California, Santa Cruz, her interests shifted towards something more interdisciplinary: cultural astronomy, particularly indigenous African astronomy. Her work has centered how humans relate to space, whether that’s in her award-winning movie Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure, the AAS Oral History project that serves to record generations of astronomers and their stories, or in her research on cultural astronomy. Today’s Astrobite focuses on one of her recent publications about indigenous African astronomy, exploring the relationship between women and the night sky in African cultures.
    Producer/AuthorBriley Lewis
    PersonsJarita Holbrook