Call for Papers: Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning in the Middle Ages

Convened by Bishop Grosseteste University, this conference will explore the relationship between the pursuit of scientific and religious knowledge in the middle-ages, with a particular focus on the British scholar, theologian, scientist, astronomer and philosopher, Robert Grosseteste (c. 1175-1253).

It will discuss Grosseteste’s theological and scientific understanding, particularly of the new Greek and Arab learning, and how this influenced his theological/philosophical investigations.

Whilst it is anticipated that the main focus will be on Grosseteste, it will also be an important part of the conference’s rationale to discuss contemporaries as well as later writers who drew on his learning in order to advance the study of science and religion.

In addition to this rationale it will be an over-riding aim of the conference to discuss in general the relationship between science and religion and to discuss whether our present era has anything to learn from the middle-ages in this respect.

Key note speakers will include Prof. Tom McLeish and Dr Giles Gasper from Durham University’s Order Universe Project and Dr Amanda Power from Sheffield University. It is expected that the proceedings of this conference will be published.

Proposals for 40 minutes papers or enquiries should be directed by 1st December to Dr Jack Cunningham, j.p.cunningham@bishopg.ac.uk, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, LN1 3DY, UK. Proposal should be 300-400 words in length and should include you telephone number or e-mail address, as well as your academic affiliation (if any).

Key Dates:

  • Submission of proposals: 1st December 2013
  • Conference Dates: 18th – 20th July 2014