Light, the Universe, and Everything

Next week sees the tenth, and final, Ordered Universe symposium in the current series, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. It is fantastic that we should be holding this symposium at the University of York, home institution of Tom McLeish, one of the founders of the project, and under the aegis of its celebrated Centre for Medieval Studies. We will be looking at five treatises between 7th and 9th January, those On CometsOn ColourOn LinesOn the Nature of Places, and On the Rainbow. So, a full programme which also includes a visit to the York Glaziers Trust, and a book launch for the research team, of the first volume in our series on The Scientific Works of Robert Grosseteste. The programme is available here and in online format below. We are extremely grateful to all of the support from York in setting up and organising the symposium and are looking forward very much to another three days of discussion, debate and collaborative reading. And, although we are approaching the end of the major funding grant for Ordered Universe, the project will continue – we have another five volumes to prepare for publication (on which more news anon), and a wide range of additional activities, including our commitment to access to university education, and public talks and demonstrations. We have several public events lined up for the coming months, and will post these on the blog as usual!

In the meantime our focus is on the upcoming meeting, those attending include first-time attendees as well as old hands. This is the first time we have held a full symposium in York, and we are very much looking forward to the gathering. From comets to rainbows, and the nature of places to the nature of colour – who could ask for more!


Image courtesy of Ross Ashton, the Projection Studio, from Northern Lights – prize-winning projection at York Minster, 2018 and 19.

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