The celebration of Llull Year in 2016 commemorates the seventh centenary of the death of extraordinary thinker Ramon Llull and provides an opportunity to showcase the importance of his contribution to the world and his influence on numerous European intellectuals. In November the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham mark this occasion with two symposiums and an exhibition.
25 November - ANY LLULL IN OXFORD: Symposium
The event at the University of Oxford is organised in collaboration with the Magdalen College. The speakers that will take part in the seminar are Dr Lola Badia (Medievalist, Universitat de Barcelona), Dr Robert D. Hugues (Medievalist), Dr Dominique De Courcelles (Director of research, Ecole Nationale des Chartes-CNRS, Paris), Dr Sarah Boss (Director, Centre of Marian Studies, University of Roehampton) and Dr Amador Vega (Professor of Aesthetics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra).
29 November ANY LLULL IN BIRMINGHAM: Symposium and Exhibition
The symposium in Birmingham is organised in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Birmingham.
A Symposium on the Legacy of Ramon Llull with Dr Maribel Ripoll (Medievalist, Universitat de les Illes Balears), Dr Sebastià Alzamora (writer, Universitat de les Illes Balears), Dr Aengus Ward (Medievalist University of Birmingham) and Paolo de Ventura (Modern Languages Department, University of Birmingham).
Learning Centre – UG05
University of Birmingham
In addition to the programme of international prorgamme of events, the Institut Ramon Llull has produced an exhibition that will tour a number of universities in France, Germany and the UK. The first stop in this country will be in Birmingham, where the exhibition will be open from 16 to 30 November.
This exhibition, entitled The Ineffable Truth: The Book of the Lover and the Beloved by Ramon Llull, is curated by Dr Joan Santanach. The exhibition takes the verses in The Book of the Lover and the Beloved as its starting point and provides an opportunity for visitors to learn in depth about the life of Ramon Llull, his historical context and his thinking. This book is part of Llull’s novel Blaquerna and is a synthesis of his mysticism and philosophy.
In December 2016 the exhibition will end his tour at Queen Mary University of London.
ABOUT RAMON LLULL AND THE LLULL YEAR
Ramon Llull (c. 1232 – c. 1316) was one of the primary writers and thinkers of the Middle Ages in Europe. No other Catalan author has exerted similar influence, either geographically or across time. His wide-ranging interests were such that he made notable contributions to every area of the knowledge of his day, from philosophy and theology to law, medicine, astronomy, rhetoric and logic. At the same time, Llull produced a substantial body of literary work that includes emblematic titles which place him at the very start of the Catalan literary tradition.
The celebration of Llull Year in 2016, commemorating the seventh centenary of his death, provides an opportunity to showcase the importance of Ramon Llull’s contribution to the world of letters and to draw the attention to the extent to which his thinking has influenced numerous European intellectuals, an influence that continues to this day.
The Llull Year programme in the UK includes events in Cork, Birmingham, Leeds, London and Oxford.
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