INSAP conferences explore the rich and diverse ways in which people of the past and present incorporate astronomical events into literary, visual, and performance arts. This emphasis distinguishes INSAP from other conferences that focus on archeoastronomy, ethnoastronomy, or cultural astronomy. INSAP provides a mechanism for a broad sampling of artists, writers, musicians, historians, philosophers, scientists, and others to talk about the diversity of astronomical inspiration.
INSAP V will be based at the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago from June 26 – July 1, 2005. INSAP V will increase both the knowledge and the experience of the astronomically inspired arts. Mornings and early afternoons are devoted to conference presentations. Afternoons will include field trips. Evenings will feature artistic performances, which will be open to the public. Venues include the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Adler Planetarium.
Invited speakers scheduled to make presentations include Barbara Stafford, Professor of Art History, University of Chicago; Jim Kaler, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy University of Illinois; John Carswell, formerly curator of Islamic art at the Oriental Institute and Sotheby's; Donna Cox, Professor of Art and Design, University of Illinois; Mary Quinlan–McGrath, Professor of Art History, Northern Illinois University; Michael Shank, Professor of the History of Science, University of Wisconsin Madison.
INSAP V is dedicated to the memory of one of its founders and strong supporters, Ray White Jr.