The Cusanus Society UK and Ireland was co-founded in 2019 by William Hyland (University of St Andrews) and Simon Burton (University of Edinburgh) in order to promote the study of the life, thought and legacy of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464).
It aims to engage Cusanus on an inter-disciplinary level – historical, philosophical, theological, mystical, mathematical, scientific etc. – as well as to use his thought as a vantage point from which to survey broader intellectual and theological movements. It welcomes discussion of Cusanus’ precursors as well as his successors right up to the modern day.
The Society follows the broad model of other similar international organisations such as the American Cusanus Society and the Deutsche Cusanus-Gesellschaft, and has been very grateful for their support and encouragement. Thus while seeking to provide a specifically British and Irish venue for conferences and workshops on Cusanus, it also welcomes international membership, participation and collaboration. The Society is currently based in Scotland and its new website is hosted by the University of St Andrews. Its current activities include planned annual sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds and planned annual or biennial workshops/conferences on specific themes.