Today is the launch of Being Human! Ordered Universe Events start tomorrow, with the public talk by Philipp Nothaft (pictured above). Philipp is a graduate of the University of Munich, has been associated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University College London, and the Warburg Institute. He was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Soul’s College, University of Oxford, in 2015. We’re delighted that Philipp is able to give this talk – it forms his major research area. He explores Time, Astronomy/Astrology and Calendars in both medieval and early modern Europe, and across a fascinating and wide-ranging series of texts. Continue reading
Yesterday, July 1st, the Ordered Universe project was awarded a prestigious prize from the University of Oxford. Hannah, Tom and Giles submitted the project for the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, and we were one of six projects from over 80 entrants selected as prize winners. The awards were hosted by Merton College and the Academic Champion for Public Engagement, Professor Sarah Whatmore and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson. Continue reading
As Giles has already indicated, I have been enjoying a lecture tour over the last week in Australia and New Zealand. Originally catalysed by the Faith and Wisdom in Science book (which does have some Grosseteste stuff in it), and an invitation from the Theology department of Otago University here in Dunedin – particularly their Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI), it grew into a series of visits to departments of physics, chemistry as well as interdisciplinary centres and theology departments in Melbourne, Aldelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Queenstown, Dunedin and Wellington. In Australia my host organisation was ISCAST, a network supporting thinking and public engagement of Christianity and science. Continue reading
The Ordered Universe public workshop on Grosseteste’s scientific works, was a great success: part of the Being Human Festival, and with the aim of introducing the public to the work of the team on Grosseteste, why and how we do it, and the excitement provoked by the project. With a full house, some 60 participants, across a wide range of experience and background, and almost the full team (myself, Tom, Hannah, Richard Bower, Brian Tanner, Mike Huxtable, Sigbjørn and John Bissell), we started the day in the magnificent setting of the Durham Cathedral Chapter House. Continue reading
The Ordered Universe programme for the public symposium, 18th November 2014, and for the Ushaw College Lecture is now available here. There will of course be paper versions for the day itself, as well as a resources pack with translations of the treatises, and a guide to the experiments we will follow. Tickets are still available for both the symposium and the Ushaw Lecture, the latter organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies, whose partnership we are very grateful to enjoy. For the symposium collect tickets from the World Heritage Visitor Centre, for the Ushaw Lecture contact Dr James Kelly, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to introducing Grosseteste to you all.
The Ordered Universe is very proud and pleased to be part of the inaugural UK National Festival of the Humanities, which takes place between 15th-23rd November this year. The Festival aims to engage the public with innovative humanities research, and takes place across the country, with university hubs and their cultural and community partners. The programme is a true showcase for the diversity and inventiveness of research into humanities, with a fantastic array of projects, activities and opportunities to come face to face with the researchers and their subjects. Continue reading