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:

16th – 18th September, 2019:

Sight Rays, Light Rays and Bubbles:
Robert Grosseteste’s De lineis, De impressionibus elementorum, De natura locorum, De colore, De iride

Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK

1P5B7877This symposium, the penultimate in the current series for the Ordered Universe, explores five of Grosseteste’s shorter scientific works,  De lineis (On Lines) and De natura locorum (On the Nature of Places) both for the second time, and a return to De impressionibus elementorum (On the Impression of the Elements), together with new translations of De colore (On Colour) and De iride (On the Rainbow). We are delighted to be back in Pembroke College, and to be hosted by Professor Hannah Smithson and the Oxford team.

Our next, and final symposium of the series will take place at the University of York, in January 2020.


January, 2020: 

Over the Rainbow:
Robert Grosseteste’s De iride and De colore 

University of York, UK, Centre for Medieval Studies

Rainbow-coloursOur final symposium in the current series, and we finish with Grosseteste’s final scientific treatise, the De irideOn the Rainbow. Full details to be posted in due course