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:


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17th – 20th September, 2018: ‘Light Fantastic!: Robert Grosseteste’s De motu supercelestium, De motu corporali et luce, De cometis and De luce 

Trinity College, Dublin and Marsh’s Library

This symposium, which involves the first visit by the Ordered Universe team to Ireland, will explore three treatises, in which light plays the dominant role. The symposium features our final reading of the treatise De cometis – On Comets, and the second run-through of the De more corporali et luce – On Bodily Motion and Light. This last work presages the extraordinary boldness in the role given to light in the fabric of the universe of the De luce – On Light. One of the first treatises read by the Ordered Universe, ten years ago, it will be a treat to re-visit this beautiful and intriguing text. Finally we continue our longer and slower read-through of De motu supercelestium – On the Supercelestial Motion. We are honoured to be hosted at Trinity College, Dublin by Dr Laura Cleaver, and look forward very much to sharing knowledge and experience together.