Keeping us all in suspense…

A wonderful feature of the Ordered Universe conference (Pembroke College, Oxford, April 3-6), was the installation by Alexandra Carr, in the Damon Wells Chapel in the college. The mysterious and beautiful structure intrigued and delighted the conference delegates, but kept us all in suspense with respect to its name.   Continue reading

Science, Imagination, and Wonder: Impressions and Experiences

One of the main challenges for all who study the highly variegated output produced by Robert Grosseteste over the course of his lifetime is how, if at all, his works within highly disparate disciplines may be harmonized into a coherent whole. This challenge was embodied in practice from April 3rd through 6th, when scholars from a wide range of disciplines descended on Pembroke College, Oxford, for the conference ‘Science, Imagination, and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and his Legacy’. In order to make this an occasion for mutually fruitful exchange across – rather than merely within – the boundaries segmenting academia, Continue reading

Conference Previews redux: Science, Imagination and Wonder…

More previews from the papers for the Ordered Universe conference April 3-6. We’re delighted with the response to the call for papers, and to be in partnership with the International Robert Grosseteste Society (Science, Imagination and Wonder will also include  meeting for the society). Amongst the papers accepted we have a theme on interdisciplinarity, marshalled by our own Tom McLeish, a series of papers on Grosseteste’s models and antecedents, and his involvement with the English Franciscans.

  • Tom McLeish (York) on ‘Beyond Interdisciplinarity to the Unity of Knowledge: Why we need both Medieval and Modern Minds’
  • Nicola Polloni (Durham) on ‘Sources of Light: Remarks on the Grosseteste/Avicebron Connection’
  • Michael Robson (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge) on ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Franciscan school at Oxford (1224-53)’
  • Angelo Silvestri (Cardiff) on ‘Hugh of Avalon’s Ethical, Political, Artistic and Religious thoughts: a Robert Grosseteste Ante Litteram?’

We are pleased to reveal the conference poster, designed by Alexandra Carr (with an image of the medieval cosmos derived from a light-painting evening in County Durham in late September 2017). Please circulate…

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Conference Previews: Science, Imagination and…

Preparations for the Ordered Universe conference which takes place at Pembroke College, Oxford 3-6 April, are moving on apace. In addition to our three keynote speakers, Professors Jim Al-Khalili (Surrey), Suzanne Akbari (Toronto) and Simon Oliver (Durham), we have a nice array of papers submitted, from a fantastic range of disciplines, which are forming themselves into panels. Just as a taster, we have for example:

  • Philipp Nothaft (All Souls College, Oxford) on ‘Grosseteste as Computist’
  • Brett Smith (Catholic University of America) on ‘When Aristotle Went Wrong: How Desire Shapes Intellectual Vision in the Epistemology of Robert Grosseteste’
  • Adam Richter (Toronto) on ‘Robert Grosseteste, John Wallis and the Laws of Nature’
  • Aimee Quickfall (Bishop Grosseteste University) on ‘Philosophy with Children and Robert Grosseteste’

and plenty of other papers from the team and friends old and new.

The conference will also feature an exhibition of work from staff and students at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, conceived and created in response to Grosseteste’s thought especially on colour and the rainbow. The exhibition, curated by Clara Chivers, will also include manuscript treasures from Pembroke College library, including works of Grosseteste. Multi-media sculptor Alexandra Carr will be bringing together a temporary installation in the college chapel, drawing inspiration from Grosseteste’s cosmological vision, and modern understanding of the universe.

We’re very keen to have as many people at the conference as possible, and there are places left for paper or poster submissions – the conference rates and information, including timetable, are available here. Spread the word!

Keynote Speakers: Science, Imagination and Wonder – Oxford Conference April 2018

Delighted to announce our three keynote speakers for the Ordered Universe conference in April 2018 (3rd-5th), Science, Imagination and Wonder – The Legacy of Robert Grosseteste.  Continue reading

Science, Imagination and Wonder: Call for Papers and Posters

The Ordered Universe, in association with the International Robert Grosseteste Society, is organising a conference, 3-5 April 2018, at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. The call for Papers and Posters is available now. Please circulate and put in an application! Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy…

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