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ASTROMOVES: Studying Astrophysicists' Careers and other Cultural Astronomy Topics

ASTROMOVES: Studying Astrophysicists' Careers and other Cultural Astronomy Topics

ASTROMOVES is funded by the European Union in the form of an Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Individual Fellowship. This blog shares research findings and discussions about ASTROMOVES, but also captures the other Cultural Astronomy research and activities of PI Jarita Holbrook. The reader may find here information about Astrophysics Culture, African Indigenous Astronomy, and Indigenous Astronomy in general.

Orion image with scientists as major stars.

While doing the interviews with astrophysicists and other scientists, they wanted to talk about what was happening to them during the Pandemic. As a result, I have what maybe the first set of interviews with astrophysicists that were collected during the Pandemic. More than half of the 43 scientists interviewed agreed to be features in […]

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the largest radio telescope in the world when it is completed. One of the two cores is based in the Karoo region of South Africa. MeerKAT is what the current functioning core is called, where KAT stands for Karoo Array Telescope. This short 15 minute film was created […]

For the ASTROMOVES project, effort was made to include non-heterosexuals in order to include more gender categories. However, in the end, in order to protect the anonymity of the scientists only three broad gender categories were used: Heterosexual females, heterosexual males and LGBTQIA+ members. Having that third gender category is an achievement for a study […]

The last few months have been for completing the ASTROMOVES documentary film. There were a few problems along the way including simply not having enough computing power, which merited a change to a new Macbook pro with M chip. The documentary is a film made during lockdown and the Pandemic, as such it is full […]

With a project title like ASTROMOVES, at some point I have to show a geographic map with overlaid career moves. This visualization has been much more difficult than anticipated as I learned how to map using Bing and MS Excel, Google Maps, and finally Rstudio. What I wanted was a background map that was not […]

This blog post is an updated list of my presentation titles and abstracts that have been accepted for conferences or for some other public presentation, with links to recordings if they exist. 2021 has already been busy albeit virtual.   Colloquium Talk at West Virginia University Jarita Holbrook: The Worlds of Cultural Astronomy In […]

    Welcome to the European Union funded via a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Individual Fellowship project, ASTROMOVES. PI Jarita Holbrook is located in Science, Technology & Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. ASTROMOVES is a qualitative research project focused on interview based inquiry to explore the lives and careers of astrophysicists after their […]


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