It is a great pleasure to introduce Dr Rebekah White, who will take up the second post-doctoral research position within the Ordered Universe. Rebekah will be based in Oxford, working with Hannah Smithson in the Department of Experimental Psychology, and will be drawing together scientific commentary on Grosseteste’s treatises on natural philosophy, as well as teasing out the inspiration for modern science through experiment and wider discussion. We are very glad to have Rebekah on board, and look forward very much indeed to working with her. In her own words:
I completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science and an MPhil in Psychology at the Australian National University, followed by a DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. My first postdoctoral position was a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church, and I am delighted to be commencing my second postdoctoral position as a member of the Ordered Universe team. My previous work has spanned several areas of Cognitive Psychology, including somatosensory processing, body awareness and representation, inattentional blindness, crossmodal perception, and synaesthesia. I am excited by the interdisciplinary nature of the Ordered Universe project, and look forward to designing experiments inspired by Grosseteste’s treatises.
From the Ordered Universe themed summer school for the Oxnet Access to University scheme, a short film with some of the very talented student participants. A reminder of the quality of their questions, and keenness to contribute and engage, and of an uplifting week in Pembroke College under the inspired leadership of Dr Peter Claus. The Oxnet programme is coming to the North-East of England this year, with the launch of a hub based at Southmoor Academy. We can’t wait!
Many thanks to David Shacklette for conducting the interviews.
Images from the Projection Studio’s presentation of Spiritus: Light and Dark inspired by the Ordered Universe project in Oxford last night. Projected as part of the Night of Heritage Light, the backdrop was the Museum of Natural History, and an amazing spectacle emerged! An excellent opportunity to see Spiritus in a different location and to deepen the collaboration with the Projection Studio. More from this collaboration at the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival in February next year, but for now, what a wonderful evening it must have been yesterday! Thank you to Ross Ashton for the pictures.
The Projection Studio, as part of their continued collaboration with the Ordered Universe, will be projecting Spiritus: Light and Dark, last seen at the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 2017, in Oxford at the end of September, the evening of the 29th to be precise. The projection has been commissioned as part of this year’s Night of Heritage Light, organised by the Society of Light and Lighting, and will be projected onto the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (below). More details on the Night of Heritage Light are available. If you are in Oxford on the 29th this is not to be missed!
The 2017 Annual Grosseteste day celebrations at Bishop Grosseteste University will soon be taking place, organised, as ever, by the indefatigable Jack Cunningham. This year the lecture to mark the Feast Day of Grosseteste is given by Angelo Silvestri, Cardiff University. All are welcome to the lecture, so if you are in Lincoln or nearby do come along on the 10th October.
The Ordered Universe will be represented at the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies, the 53rd meeting, with two sessions on medieval thinking about, well, order. Continue reading
Work continues apace for the October 2017 launch of the National Glass Centre exhibition by Cate and Colin based on research from the Ordered Universe and the scientific world of Robert Grosseteste. The official launch date is 20th October and the exhibition will run until March 2018. A visit with Giles Gasper, Alexandra Carr, photographer Rosie Reed Gold (whose photographs are used here), and OxNet Southmoor Academy co-ordinator Katarzyna Kosior, revealed the riches in store. Continue reading