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 -19th May 2017: ‘Below the Moon: Robert Grosseteste’s De cometis and De impressionibus elementorum‘.

Pembroke College, University of Oxford

The symposium provides the first collaborative reading of Grosseteste’s treatises On Comets and On the Impressions of the Elements. The first treatise may contain a reference to Halley’s Comet in 1222, which dates the work to the same period. With no obvious knowledge shown of Aristotle’s Meteorology this fits with the chronology of Grosseteste’s treatises with which we are working. Grosseteste shows how comets are sub-lunary phenomena, rather than stars, and is still working with reference to astrology and alchemy. On the Impressions of the Elements marks an important change in thought, however. Light and the activity of light are used to explain meteorological occurrences, now with knowledge of Aristotle’s main works in this area. The symposium will include a public lecture and forum.