Forthcoming Research Symposia

IMRS Ordered Universe WorkshopOur collaborative symposia are the lifeblood of the project. What follows is a record of the main collaborative symposia we have held, from the birth of the project to read scientific works of the High Middle Ages in an interdisciplinary forum, to the most recent sessions which start the detailed process of working through the rest of Grosseteste’s scientific corpus. The process of team-building is a long one, and involves forging bonds of trust, personally and intellectually, between team members, and across disciplines. Each workshop advances the project, sharpens translations and interpretative questions, introduces new issues and new participants. Symposia are democratic and open to all, current and retired staff, post-docs, PhD and MA students and undergraduates.

Forthcoming Symposia:


Celestial Sea of Stars – NASA public archive

2nd – 4th May, 2018: ‘Guiding Stars, Motion and Light: Robert Grosseteste’s De motu supercelestium, De cometis and De motu corporali et de luce

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

This symposium, the first to be held in Canada, will explore three treatises, two for the first time, in which Robert Grosseteste explores celestial and sub-lunary phenomena. The influence of the stars and planets on human society, and on natural phenomena such as comets, are held together in a cosmological exploration which still does not feature light as the dominant element in the universe. The symposium will be held at McGill University, the home institution of Ordered Universe core team member Prof. Faith Wallis. We look forward very much to sharing knowledge and experience in Quebec!