2018: Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy

fourth international grosseteste conference, in association with the ordered universe project

3-5 April, 2018, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Papers are invited (for oral or poster presentation) for this conference organised by the Ordered Universe Research Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, and the International Robert Grosseteste Society. An interdisciplinary project bringing together medieval specialists and modern scientists, the Ordered Universe project is dedicated the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste. The conference will be the fourth International Grosseteste Conference.

The full details can be found at:  Although this site will provide ongoing details of the conference, the fullest and most up-to-date information will appear on the Ordered Universe page. This conference will be the major Grosseteste conference in the next three or four years.

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto)
  • Prof. Jim al-Khalili (Department of Physics, University of Surrey)
  • Rev. Prof. Simon Oliver (Department of Theology & Religion, University of Durham)

Further information:

2014: Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning in the Middle-Ages

third international grosseteste conference

Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, July 18-20

Convenor: Dr Jack Cunningham (Bishop Grosseteste University)

Related Publications: Jack P. Cunningham & Mark Hocknull eds. Robert Grosseteste and the pursuit of Religious and Scientific learning in the Middle-Ages (Springer 2016).


Christopher Bonfield (Bishop Grosseteste University), ‘Medicine for the Body and Soul: Healthy Living in the Age of Bishop Grosseteste.’

Giacchino Curiello (University of Salerno, Italy), ‘God as Being and Goodness: Transcendentals in Grosseteste’s Commentary on the De divinis nominibus?’

Noé Badillo (Arizona State University, USA), ‘Grosseteste’s Cosmogony and Lemaître’s Proposal of the Big Bang.’

Nicholas Temple (University of Huddersfield), ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Conceptualisation of Gothic Architecture.’

Mark Hocknull (University of Lincoln), ‘George Boole (19th Century Mathematician) and Robert Grosseteste: Estimations and Influences.’

Cecilia Panti (University of Rome), ‘The theological use of science and philosophy in Robert Grosseteste and Adam Marsh according to Roger Bacon: the ‘case studies’ of angelic movements and climatic variations.’

Giles Gasper (Durham University), ‘Grosseteste’s Hexaemeron: the Order and Beauty of the Universe, Ancient and Modern.’

Robert Ball (Independent Scholar), ‘Readers of Grosseteste on the Psalms.’

Jean-Michel Counet (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), ‘Experimental science, natural philosophy and the Commentary of the Divine Names.’

Philippa Hoskins (University of Lincoln), ‘”The king, the clerotes and the tyrant”: how Grosseteste brought Aristotle to the Parish.’

Richard Bower (Durham University), ‘A mathematical interpretation of Grosseteste’s De luce.’

Michael Robson (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge), ‘Master Robert Grosseteste’s sermon to a friars in chapter.’

Angelo Silvestri (Cardiff University), ‘Faith produced by great knowledge, or knowledge acquired through strong faith? Bishop Robert Grosseteste’s life, deeds, education and study.’

Prof. Tom McLeish (Durham University), ‘Medieval lessons for modern challenges to Science and Religion.’

Hannah Smithson (Pembroke College, Oxford).

Lydia Harris (Durham University), ‘Conception, Creation, and Consciousness: the Role of Classical Thought in Medieval Medicine.’

Angelo Silvestri (Cardiff University), ‘Faith produced by great knowledge, or knowledge acquired through strong faith? Bishop Robert Grosseteste’s life, deeds, education and study.’

Nader El-Bizri (American University, Beirut, Lebanon), ‘Greco-Arabic Precursors of Grosseteste in the Science of Optics.’

Katherine Harvey (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Medicine and the Bishop in Thirteenth-Century England.’

Amanda Power (University of Sheffield), ‘Learning in the service of a ‘redemptive regime’: Robert Grosseteste and the Friars Minor of England.’

Christopher Southgate (Exeter University), ‘Science and Religion: the contemporary debate.’

Neil Lewis (Georgetown University, USA), ‘Robert Grosseteste and Aristotle’s Physics.’

Yael Kedar (University of Haifa, Israel), ‘The Form of Corporeity and the Nomological Image of Nature.’

Sean Eisen Murphy (Western Washington University, USA), ‘The Corruption of the Elements: The Science of Ritual Impurity in the Early Thirteenth Century.’

Jeremiah Hackett (University of South Carolina, USA), ‘Religion, Philosophy and Science: Roger Bacon’s Opus maius.’

Dónall McGinley (Trinity College, Dublin), ‘Can Science and Religion Meet Over Their Subject-Matter?- a 13th Century example.’

Victor Salas (Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, USA), ‘A Theoretical Fulcrum: Robert Grosseteste on Infinitude.’


2009: Robert Grosseteste, his Thought and its Impact

second international grosseteste conference

Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, July 2009

Delegates visiting Lincoln Cathedral

Convenor: Dr Jack Cunningham (Bishop Grosseteste University)

Related Publications: Cunningham, Jack P., ed. Robert Grosseteste, His Thought and Its Impact. Toronto: PIMS, 2012.


James McEvoy (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘How to Make the Pseudo-Dionysius Intelligible to the Latins: Common Purpose, Difference of Approach and a Rift Within the Lute.’

Michael Robson OFMConv (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge), ‘Grosseteste’s Sermon to the Friars Minor on the Feast of St Martin of Tours.’

Catherine Kavanagh (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), ‘The Translation Methods of Grosseteste and Eriugena.’

Michael Dunne (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), ‘Sermon 86 and De decem mandatis.’

Jean-Michel Counet (UCL, Louvain-La-Neuve), ‘Grosseteste’s Commentary on the Divine Names’.

R. James Long (Fairfield University), ‘Between Idolatry and Science: The Magical Arts in the Grosseteste School.’

Edgar Laird (Texas State University), ‘Grosseteste vs Fourteenth-Century Nominalism.’

Anne Hudson (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford), ‘Wyclif and Grosseteste’s Legacy to the Oxford Greyfriars.’

Matthias Hessenauer (Hochburg University), ‘The Anglo-Norman Text of Perambulavit Judas.’

Neil Lewis (Georgetown University), ‘Grosseteste and Unequal Infinities.’

Joseph Goering (University of Toronto), ‘An Opus completum of Robert Grosseteste?’

Gordon Jackson, ‘Dicta predilecta: passages from the Complete Dicta

Mark Eliot (St Andrews University), ‘Robert Grosseteste, Judaism and De cessatione legalium.’

John Flood (University of Groningen), ‘The Archidoctor: Grosseteste’s Life and Works in Wyclif’s Writings.’

Amanda Power (University of Sheffield), ‘The Fears of Adam Marsh.’

James Ginther (St Louis University), ‘The Man from Lincoln: Grosseteste and the English Church (1235–1239).’

Pietro Rossi (University of Turin), Grosseteste’s Influence on English Commentators on the ‘Posterior Analytics’.

Mishtooni Bose (Christ Church, Oxford), ‘Grosseteste in the English Reforming Imagination.’

Robert Ball (Independent scholar), ‘Grosseteste’s Commentary on the Psalms.’

Cecilia Panti (University of Rome), ‘The Evolution of the Idea of Corporeitas in Grosseteste’s Writings.’

Nicholas Bennett (Lincoln Cathedral), ‘Towards a New Edition of Grosseteste’s Episcopal Rolls.’

Simon Mitton (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge), ‘Grosseteste’s Monograph on Light: De luce.’

2005: Kalamazoo

Convenor: Prof. Neil Lewis (Georgetown)

Session: Robert Grosseteste’s Writings in their Contexts

Presider: Prof. James R. Ginther (St Louis)

Erwan Lagadec (Oxford), Grosseteste, Paris, and the Oxford School of Thought’

Winston E. Black (Toronto), ‘Grosseteste, the Archdeacon and the Templum Dei

Carey J. Gaughan (Courtauld Institute), ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Iconography of the Angel Choir at Lincoln Cathedral’

Joshua C. Benson (St Louis), ‘Robert Grosseteste on Contuition’

Session: Natural Philosophy from 1150-1250

Presider: Prof. Joseph Goering (Toronto)

Candice Taylor Quinn (Wheaton Coll.), ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Metaphysics of Light: A Thoroughly Post-Modern Cosmology’

R. J. Long (Fairfield), ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Division of the Waters (Gen. 1:6-7): A Conundrum for the Natural Philosopher’

Lesley-Anne Dyer (Cambridge), ‘Grosseteste and Wycliffe’s Theology/Philosophy of Time and Eternity’

2003: Robert Grosseteste & his Intellectual Milieu

First international grosseteste conference

18–21 July, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

Convenor: Dr John Flood (Bishop Grosseteste University)

Related Publications: Flood, John, James R. Ginther, and Joseph W. Goering eds. Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu: New Editions and Studies. Papers in Mediaeval Studies 24. Toronto: PIMS, 2013.


Nicholas Bennett (Librarian, Lincoln Cathedral), ‘Lincoln Cathedral in the thirteenth century’.

James Ginther (Dept of Theological Studies, St Louis University), ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Emergence of Franciscan Theology’.

Joseph Goering (Director, Graduate Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto), ‘Grosseteste’s Dicta: The State of the Question’.

Jeremiah Hackett (Dept of Philosophy, University of South Carolina), ‘Grosseteste and Bacon’.

Michael Johnson (Modern and Classical Languages Dept., Buffalo State College), ‘The De ortu philosophorum as an inspirational text’.

Edgar Laird (Dept of English, South West Texas State University), ‘Grosseteste, Ptolemy & Christian Knowledge’.

Neil Lewis (Dept of Philosophy, Georgetown University), ‘Grosseteste’s De libero arbitro’.

R. J. Long (Dept of Philosophy, Fairfield University), ‘Spare Ribs: Natural Philosophy and the Formation of the First Woman in the Grosseteste School’.

James McEvoy and Dr Mette Lebech (Faculty of Philosophy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth), ‘Robert Grosseteste on Human Dignity’.

Cecilia Panti (Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti, Università degli Studi di Siena), ‘Some remarks on the doctrine, authenticity and chronology of Robert Grosseteste’s scientific and philosophical opuscula’.

Stephen Penn (Dept of English, Stirling University), ‘Grosseteste & Wyclif’.

Jean-Pascal Pouzet (English, Universities of Limoges and Paris IV-Sorbonne), ‘Aspects of the Vernacular Presence of Robert Grosseteste’.

Candice Taylor Quinn (Dept. of History, Wheaton College, Mass.), ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Sacramental Theology: Ratio or Symbola, Logos or Mysterium, as the Path to Salvation’.

Michael Robson (Divinity, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge), ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Greyfriars’.

Denis Rohatyn (Dept of Philosophy, University of San Diego), ‘Grosseteste and the Universe’.

Elizabeth Streitz-Guez (Independent scholar) ‘Grosseteste’s Psalm Commentaries’.