Cosmic Visions is a joint research initiative, funded by a JHU Discovery Award (2022) and the AGHI, and working in collaboration with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).
The data emerging from the Webb Telescope (JWST) challenges us to rethink our place in the universe not only scientifically but in humanistic terms as well. Seizing on this moment of shifting horizons, Cosmic Visions creates opportunities to probe the history, philosophy, politics and aesthetics of the humanistic and scientific view of our cosmos. Through intellectual sharing and exchange, we aim to integrate the ‘Deep Fields’ of Humanistic and Space Science, to understand how discoveries about the universe impact beliefs and practices here on Earth, and how these in turn affect our view of the cosmos, the questions we ask, and what we expect to find.
The Cosmic Visions programme includes:
- an annual conference
- a series of podcast programmes broadcast on Science Friday
- an Art Competition in collaboration with Baltimore public schools and art students
- a new academic Journal for the History of Cosmological Thought
- ongoing research-and-teaching events