Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy

Call for Papers and Posters

Papers are invited (for oral or poster presentation) for a conference Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy organised by the Ordered Universe Research Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and the International Grosseteste Society. An interdisciplinary project is dedicated to new editions and translation of the scientific work of Robert Grosseteste. The conference will be the Fourth International Grosseteste Conference and will take place at Pembroke College, Oxford, UK, 3–6 April 2018.

The conference will celebrate the life and works of Grosseteste, especially in their response to natural phenomena. A principal aim of the conference is a confluence of disciplinary perspectives on this remarkable thinker. Submissions are welcome from all disciplines and from all career stages. Some suggested areas for subjects are listed below, but please be in touch with the organising committee to run ideas past us:

  • the legacy of Grosseteste’s thought in the later Middle Ages and beyond
  • Grosseteste’s predecessors and contemporaries
  • textual and editorial issues connected to medieval science
  • inter-textual issues across Grosseteste’s writings: pastoral, theological, scientific and literary
  • rendering medieval thought in images, diagrams and visualisation
  • the extended legacy of the themes Grosseteste raises:
    – the order inherent in creation
    – questions of morality and science
    – definitions of experience, experiment
    – attitudes towards authorities
    – education and pedagogic practice
  • relevant thematic issues in history of science and literature
  • modern scientific inspirations from medieval thinkers
  • the role of wonder and imagination in science, in the medieval and modern periods

Oral presentations should be of 20 minute length, and the organising committee will also consider applications for sessions of 3–4 papers with potential speakers identified. Posters should be in A0 portrait format (33.1 wide x 46.8 length in inches), to be displayed throughout the conference and at dedicated Poster Sessions where presenters will be available to discuss their work). In all cases please submit a 300 word abstract with a brief academic biography to: ordered.universe@durham.ac.uk

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (for both papers and posters) is March 23rd 2018, although, obviously, earlier is better!