OxNet & Ordered Universe: Seminars and Easter School in the North-East Hub

One of the wider activities with which the Ordered Universe is engaged is the OxNet access initiative, which seeks to place university learning directly into schools. In the case of the collaboration with Ordered Universe this involves team members bringing the world of medieval science and of the array of disciplines that make up the project to Continue reading

Back To (Easter) School

For the 2017–18 academic year, the Ordered Universe Project has continued its partnership with OxNet, an outreach scheme superintended by Pembroke College, Oxford. So far this year, students from local schools have attended evening seminars taught by leading academics from Durham and Sunderland Universities, and now those students have been invited to spend two days at Durham University to get a taste of university life while continuing to explore some of the topics that are closest to the hearts and minds of the members of the Ordered Universe Project.

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Ordered Universe at Leeds IMC

The first week of July, 4th-7th, saw the annual Leeds International Medieval Congress, the UK/European equivalent to the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress. The two congresses have slightly different flavours and constituencies; and for the UK contingent Leeds has the merit of being a lot closer to home. The overarching theme for Leeds this year was food, and there were plenty of papers on topic. The Ordered Universe presented Grosseteste in a number of guises. Mike Huxtable, English Studies at Durham, explored the outworking of Grossetete’s colour theory in the court and literature associated with chivalry. Continue reading

On the liberal arts and the generation of sounds

lumiere_postcard_21-1024x682Robert Grosseteste suggested in his treatise on the liberal arts that in all areas of human endeavour it is necessary to choose carefully the hour most propitious for the undertaking one wants to carry through. Plants carry more fruit if planted when the celestial spheres are correctly aligned, and base metals are transformed into gold more easily if processed under favourable planets and stars. We no longer believe this to be true, of course, and we may even speculate about the extent to which Robert himself gave credence to such theories; nevertheless, had Robert been around at the Ordered Universe workshop organised in Durham last week, he may have inferred that the organisers had chosen a favourable hour indeed. Discussions and deliberations carried much fruit, and base drafts were transformed into golden light of understanding. A liberating experience indeed, and one which generated the right kinds of sound! Continue reading

A Guided Tour of the Chateau d’Amour: with video clips

IMG_0065Last week, on Friday 9th October, Michael Huxtable gave his lecture ‘A Guided Tour of the Chateau d’Amour’ as the Annual Bishop Grosseteste Lecture, at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. The 9th, at least according to the Anglican canon, is the commemorative day for Grosseteste, and the lecture was given in collaboration with Lincoln Cathedral. Michael’s lecture, on Grosseteste’s wonderful, image-heavy, poem of the fall and redemption of humanity, could not have been more appropriate for the occasion. To a full auditorium in the Robert Hardy theatre, Michael presented a tour-de-force of learning and sensitive reading, placing the Anglo-Norman poem, its allegory of the Virgin Mary as Castle, and extended commentary on the redemption of creation, into a series of contexts. Continue reading

Annual Grosseteste Lecture: Mike Huxtable

The Ordered Universe project is delighted that Mike Huxtable will be delivering the Annual Grosseteste Lecturer for 2015, at Bishop Grosseteste University. Mike’s lecture is entitled:

‘A Guided Tour of Robert Grosseteste’s Chateau d’Amour

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Lincoln Workshop in Pictures

It is now just over six weeks since the workshop on the Liberal Arts in Lincoln; thoughts are still buzzing about the discussions and the treatises, and what the nature of inter-disciplinary research actually consists of, as well as the delight in new discoveries, learning and having one’s eyes well and truly opened. Here are a few photographic memories of the workshop: just seeing them jogs the mind to dwell further on what Grosseteste’s texts meant and what they represent. Continue reading

Singing for the Lincolnite

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA20140719_153207Grosseteste speaks in the De artibus liberalibus – On the Liberal Arts of the healing power of music, as part of a psychological study on proportion, harmony and the exercise of will and passion. As part of the workshop in Lincoln (hosted at and by Bishop Grosseteste University) next week, the newly formed ‘Cantus [In]firmus’ will be making a short musical offering in honour of the Lincolnite, whose appreciation for, and love of, music can be shown from his earliest works to the end of his days. Continue reading

Grosseteste and the Harp

IMG_2828OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOver dinner on Thursday, Mike treated us to a reading a 14th century moralising poem, celebrating Grosseteste’s love of the harp, the virtues with which he associated it, and the symbolism to which it was ascribed. The poem appeared in the 1303 Handlyng Synne, by Robert Manning of Bourne/Robert de Brune. Continue reading

On the Generation of Sounds – tomorrow

 

IMG_5592The workshop participants are gathering, and the Ordered Universe research project starts its next treatise formally on Thursday, but with a series of project meetings tomorrow. Continue reading