Grosseteste project and the AHRC

The Durham Grosseteste project is supported currently by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) International Network Grant. The project is featured on the AHRC website in a short article by Matt Shin. We do indeed hope that Grosseteste would approve. The Network Grant has been vital to bring together the teams from across the world, and is enabling all of the strands of the project to emerge and establish themselves.

The view from Kalamazoo and a Baptism…

For those of you who were not at the annual Kalamazoo Medieval Congress (a pilgrimage for upwards of 3500 medievalists each year), the PIMS book


stand sold out of copies of the Dimensions of Colour. You can order copies from PIMS or University of Toronto Press directly if you’re in North America. If you are elsewhere please contact the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies in Durham and we will supply copies(the administrator’s address is on the contact details).

The Dimensions of Colour will be being ‘baptised’ at the IMEMS publication series book launch, this Friday, 24th May, in Durham. This will be the first of the Grosseteste Science Library, the De luce will follow next year, and then the De iride.

A new dimension to the project: education and science learning

The Grosseteste Science project is developing a second strand of investigation, alongside the medieval and modern scientific interpretations of particular works. The second strand to the project takes the inter-disciplinary methodology and material generated on Grosseteste a stage further and involves educationalists and the teaching sector. The aim is to  present Grosseteste and his world to teachers, science learning specialists, and, eventually, school pupils. The hope for this engagement is to create new opportunities for active reflection on how science should be learnt, and new locations for academic research to be tested. Engaging teachers and school pupils with this subject will throw the notions of science, scientific progress and the nature of knowledge into sharper and longer relief. The modern perception of a conflictual-only model for the relationship between science and religion, if not science and the humanities, can therefore challenged in the education sector, as well as in the academic.Continue reading “A new dimension to the project: education and science learning”

New Team Members

We have three new members of the team joining us for the summer projects, and beyond: Adam Harries, Nick Holliman and Dorothy Warren. 

Nick founded the Durham Visualization Laboratory and is a computer scientist specialising in digital imaging: he and Adam, also a computer scientist, will be working with Giles and Richard, and the rest of the team.

Dorothy will be joining the presentations at Porto, she is attached to the Science Learning Centre, North-East, and an experienced Chemistry educator. Per Kind, from the School of Education at Durham will also be coming to Porto; Per specialises in science education and educational assessment. Dorothy, Per and Vanessa Kind are integral to the second phase of the project – to explore ways in which the interdisciplinary research between medievalists and modern scientists might be brought to primary and secondary schools. 

Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu: New Editions and Studies

Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu: New Editions and Studies.

via Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu: New Editions and Studies.

This wonderful new collection of articles on Grosseteste includes a wide variety of the subjects on which Grosseteste wrote: pastoral works, theology and natural philosophy. Articles are accompanied with critical editions and translations of four of his works. These include the De luce in an edition by Cecilia Panti, and translation by Neil Lewis, and which will provide the bedrock for the next volume in the Grosseteste Science project and library. Congratulations to all on its appearance.

Foundation Hour at Liverpool Hope University

I was delighted to be invited to present our work on the De colore at Liverpool Hope’s university-wide seminar series. Prof. Galina Paramei, my host, had heard the paper I presented at the meeting of the International Colour Vision Society (ICVS) in Kongsberg, Norway, back in July 2011, and had noted our project as something that might fit with the Foundation Hour series. The programme for this term was in the hands of the Faculty of Sciences and Social Sciences, and Dr Mina Lyons and Dr Barbara Tigar had done a wonderful job of organising and advertising the seminar.Continue reading “Foundation Hour at Liverpool Hope University”

Hannah Smithson speaking at Liverpool Hope Foundation Hour, Wed. 10th 1pm

Those of you lucky enough to be in or around Liverpool this week can catch Hannah giving a Foundation Hour talk at Liverpool Hope University, on Wednesday 10th April, 1pm in the Eden Lecture Theatre. Hannah will be talking on:

Foundation Hour – Medieval Science: Colour Decoded by the 13th Century Scholar Robert Grosseteste.,10April2013&ac=*

Ordered Universe Workshops

A record of the main collaborative workshops 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 focused sessions on the treatise on the rainbow. 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. Workshops are democratic and open to all, current and retired staff, post-docs, PhD and MA students and undergraduates.Continue reading “Ordered Universe Workshops”

Ordered Universe Talks to Date

A run-down of the public and research presentations various members of the team have given on the Grosseteste Science project over the last two years or so. Continue reading “Ordered Universe Talks to Date”

The Durham Grosseteste project…in the words of some of its team members

and now this one, Paul Ging in conversation with Dr Greti Dinkova-Bruun

These conversations between Giles and Greti were recorded during Greti’s Michaelmas Term in Durham 2012, as Senior Research Fellow at the Durham Institute of Advanced Study. Amongst the many things she accomplished was the bulk of the editorial work on the De iride….preliminary results to come to the world at the FIDEM Porto Congress.