Page from manuscript from Germany, 1475

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Auct. M.3(1). Xylograph on paper, Germany 1475.

Gateway to Heaven? Open key note lecture

This key note lecture is part of the International conference: Gateway to Heaven? The Jerusalem Code in Scandinavia, ca 1000-1948.
The lecture is open to everyone.


04.12.2018 - 11:30 til 12:30

It is a great honor and pleasure to have Mary Carruthers, Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature at New York University and Quondam Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, as our first key note speaker at our conference.Her influential books on medieval rhetoric, aesthetics, cognitive theory, and the art of memory have made Carruthers a game changer in international medieval studies.

Her Oslo lecture is open to everyone, and takes place on Tuesday, December 4, 11:30-12:30, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Auditorium 1.

The Geometry of Creativity: Jerusalem as a Visionary Tool  

This lecture will explore how architectural patterns based on particular buildings in medieval visionary Jerusalem—in particular the Temple, the Watchtower, and the glorified City—served as basic tools for inventing compositions of meditation and prayer, especially during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. I will investigate the fundamental cognitive insight of medieval compositional practice, that shape and pattern not only help us envision what we already know, but invite us to discover often surprising logical relationships that can provoke our thinking in new ways.

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Auct. M.3(1). Xylograph on paper, Germany 1475.