It was a great privilege and great fun too to be able to give this year’s Robert Grosseteste Lecture at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln on Grosseteste’s Feast day itself. If the technology works you should find links to the text of the lecture and the slide-show that accompanied it below! https://bpdt.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/bgu-grosseteste-lecture-final-2.pdf https://bpdt.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/bgu-grosseteste-lecture-slides-with-copyright-notices.pptx
On Wednesday 9th October 2019, Bishop David Thomson gave a lecture addressing one of Robert Grosseteste’s earliest treatises. On the Liberal Arts sets Grosseteste’s thoughts on the arts subjects and emphasises moral concerns about the purpose of learning. You can find the video here. Here’s some photos from the event.
Warmest congratulations to the staff and students at Southmoor Academy, the hub school for OxNet in the north-east, with whom Ordered Universe collaborates for the access to university scheme. The school are the winners in the Best School/College category for the UK Social Mobility Awards. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the vision of the school and the model that it offers for broadening horizons and genuinely raising aspirations. Claire Ungley, the Raising Aspirations co-ordinator, and OxNet North-East administrator was in London, with other members of the school team to collect the award. It’s a particular privilege to work Southmoor and Sammy Wright the Vice-Principal, and to contribute to a now nationally recognised programme for innovative social mobility.
The most recent Ordered Universe Syposium took place amid a riot of colour as summer turned to autumn at Pembroke College Oxford in late September. Continue reading
Last week Giles Gasper and Sigbjørn Sønnesyn attended the Residential Research Library Inaugural Conference held, conventiently for our Durham University-based speakers at St Chad’s College and Ushaw College.
Next week sees the penultimate Ordered Universe symposium in the current series, and we are back in the wonderful surroundings of Pembroke College, University of Oxford. Our meeting will cover collaborative readings of the treatises On Lines, On the Nature of Places (these two really two halves of a single treatise), On the Rainbow, newly edited and translated, On Colour, and a revisit to On the Impressions of the Elements. We’re delighted to welcome new participants, in particular Sophie Abrahams and Joseph Hurd from the University of York, and Jack Ford from University College London. We have made the programme available on Issuu (below) and in PDF form:
Enormous thanks, as ever, to all of those involved in the organising, especially to Rebekah White and the Oxford team, and to Sarah Gilbert.
News that this year’s Bishop Grosseteste Lecture, at Bishop Grosseteste University, will be delivered by Bishop David Thomson, a long-serving Ordered Universe member. David Continue reading
Delighted to give news of a forthcoming publication from the Ordered Human project, a scion project to Ordered Universe based at Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Oxford, with many scholars from a wide variety of places and backgrounds. Pubished by Routledge, Robert Grosseteste and Theories of Education is edited by Jack Cunningham and Steven Puttick, and will be available on 16th December. Authors include Jack and Steven, Giles Gasper, Brian Tanner, Tom McLeish, Giacchino Curiello, Rosamund Gammie, Peter Claus, Charles Roe, and Adam Hounslow-Eyre.
The volume examines Grosseteste’s ideas on education, bringing together specialists on medieval studies, modern scientists, and contemporary educationalists. A wide array of papers offer reflections on a series of educational processes, located historically and in the modern day, from university access to Gadamer. A tremendous tribute to the energy of Jack and Steven in bringing the collection together, and to the work of the Ordered Human project in expanding the multi-disciplinary ethos to education theory and practice. And it will be out before Christmas…!
Our new publication from the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ‘A thirteenth-century theory of speech‘, introduced by its principal author, Joshua Harvey…
As we come to the end of the OxNet Access Summer School the students on Ordered Universe strand have been working very hard across the week with the three treatises by Grosseteste that we read through collaboratively. On the Impressions of the Elements, On the Six Differentiae, and On the Rainbow find Grosseteste at his most intriguing, and in some sense difficult. Approaching these texts is a complex exercise; the complexity itself is a significant part of why the Ordered Universe methodology works through bringing lots of disciplinary perspectives together. The historical context has to be borne in mind – who was Grosseteste, where was he, who was he writing for; the source-base for which he was working and his access to particular works – when, for example, did he encounter Ibn Rushd/Averroes? when did he extended journey through Aristotle’s natural philosophy begin?; what are the phenomena he studies, and why?. How Grosseteste made his investigations took place is another area with a whole series of questions implied, what, for instance did optics mean for Grosseteste? why is astrology in his period sometimes approved of, sometimes condemned?, why does his universe have the shape and structure that he does? And to that we can add both the nature and understanding of the phenomena that he studies – what is a rainbow? colour? sound? a comet?
And the Access students, very much as part of the project, have taken a collaborative approach, and offered their own interpretations, analyses, and insights – some of which were entirely new to the team members teaching this week. As an example of what university research can be (amongst its may and varied and exciting forms) the project is well suited to capture the imagination. What has been so much more encouraging is the way that the students have responded – taking the past on its own terms, seeking out its different values, but at the same time using all of their prior experience, and skills, asking different questions, and trying to answer them, to see the research exercise as a whole. It is an enriching environment, and one that we hope will inspire future directions and choices – and horizon broadening!