Oxford Conference: Science Imagination and Wonder – Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy

Welcome to the website for the Ordered Universe Research project’s conference, taking place in association with the International Robert Grosseteste Society, April 3-6 2018, at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. The conference takes as its title: Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy. We are keen to encourage applications from all scholarly backgrounds and disciplines, sciences and humanities, for oral or poster presentations. The conference will celebrate the works of Grosseteste, especially in their response to natural phenomena, and the extended legacy of this thought in the Middle Ages and beyond.

We are delighted to announce our three keynote speakers:

Professor Simon Oliver, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, Durham University and Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral;

Professor Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor of English and Medieval Studies and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto;

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE, Professor of Physics and Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Surrey

We’re very grateful to all three speakers who will talk on various aspects of Grosseteste’s interests and legacy, in the Middle Ages and for the modern period, and from the perspectives of Theology, Literary Studies and Medieval Science, and Modern Physics.

In addition to the typical conference activities, Alex Carr, an artist and sculptor who has been part of the Ordered Universe team for several years will be at Pembroke College throughout the conference creating a spontaneous installation in the college chapel based on the themes of Grosseteste’s scientific writing.

“Ether” by Alex Carr. Original art and photograph ©Alex Carr

If you would like to submit an abstract for the conference, the call for papers is now public. Please do circulate as well! You can also review information about the conference, or find out how to register for the conference by clicking the embedded links or using the navigation panel above. Please note that the deadline to submit abstracts and poster proposals is March 23, 2018, although, obviously, earlier is better!

We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford at Easter!

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