Nicola Polloni

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Toronto, November 2017


Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Sept 2018-Aug 2020

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE), Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE). Host: Prof. Dr. Dominik Perler


Junior Research Fellow, July 2016-June 2018

Durham University (UK), Department of History/Institute of Advanced Studies. Mentor: Prof. Giles Gasper.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Jan-June 2016

Università di Pavia (IT), Department of Humanities.

SIEPM Research Fellow at Notre Dame, Feb-May 2015

University of Notre Dame (USA), Feb-May 2015. Competitive fellowship. Mentor: Kent Emery.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2015

Università di Pavia (IT), Department of Humanities. International Cotutelle. Dissertation: ‘Ontologie divergenti: uno studio sul sincretismo metafisico di Gundisalvi.’ Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Thesis defence: November 9, 2015. Final note: Excellent.

Ph.D. in Cultures in Contact in the Mediterranean (Medieval Philology), 2015

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES), Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies. International Cotutelle. Dissertation: ‘Ontologie divergenti: uno studio sul sincretismo metafisico di Gundisalvi.’ Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Thesis defence: November 9, 2015. Final note: Excellent cum laude.

MA in Philosophy, 2012

Università di Siena (IT). Thesis: ‘Il De processione mundi di Gundissalinus: un’ontologia dell’essere possibile.’ Supervisor: Michela Pereira.  Thesis defence: April 18, 2012. Final note: 110/110 cum laude.


Seal of Excellence of the European Commission, 2018

Awarded for the research project ‘Knowing the Shadow: Knowledge and Experience of Matter in the Middle Ages’ (n. 793587).

Honorary Fellow, 2014-present

Department of Humanities, Università di Pavia (IT).

Doctoral Grant, 2012-2015

Università di Pavia (IT). Competitive grant. Admission rate (2012/13): 2,24%.


Knowing the Shadow: Ontology and Epistemology of Matter in the Thirteenth Century

Implementation: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE), September 2018 to August 2020

Sponsor: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Metaphysics of Grosseteste and Bacon: Between Philosophy and Science

Implementation: Durham University (UK), July 2016 to June 2018.

Sponsor: Durham University, DIFeREns2 and European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609412.

La scuola di traduttori di Toledo, Gundisalvi e l’influenza avicenniana sul pensiero latino tra XII e XIII secolo

Implementation: Università di Pavia (IT), January to June 2016.

Sponsor: Chimaera Foundation – Centro studi di Filosofia Medievale Maria Elena Reina

Gundissalinus’ Reception of Universal Hylomorphism and Its Influence in the 13th Century

Implementation: University of Notre Dame (IN, USA), February to May 2015.

Sponsor: Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM) and University of Notre Dame


The Warburg Institute, London (UK), July-Aug 2013 and July-Sept 2014


Editor, Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval (with Alexander Fidora and Pedro Mantas España), 2018-present.

Collaborator and Peer-reviewer for various journal and publishers: Anuario Filosófico, Mediterranea, Revista de Humanidades, Enrahonar, EUNSA.


  1. The Ordered Universe, AHRC-funded Research Project, University of Durham and University of Oxford (UK), 2016-present.
  2. Cordoba Near Eastern Research Unit, University of Cordoba (ES), 2018-present.
  3. Aristotelica Portugalensia, University of Porto (PT), 2018-present.
  4. Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group, Marquette University (WI, USA), 2016-present.
  5. Reason, Politics & Society, University of Porto (PT), 2018-present.
  6. Rogerius Bacon: The Philosopher’s Workshop, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Florence (IT), 2016-present.
  7. Unity and Plurality of the Logos in the World, University of Navarra (ES), 2016-2018.


  1. Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM), since 2013.
  2. History of Science Society (HSS), since 2017.
  3. Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME), since 2012.
  4. Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale (SISPM), since 2013.
  5. Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP), since 2015.
  6. American Cusanus Society (ACS), since 2017.


  1. Pre-Modern Experiences and the Limits of Science

    Panel at the 2017 Meeting of the History of Science Society. Toronto, ON (Canada), 9-12 November 2017.

  1. Translating Experience: Medieval Encounters with Nature, Self, and God

    (with K. Krause) International conference at Durham University, Durham (UK), 4-6 June 2017.

  1. Da Stagira a Parigi: prospettive aristoteliche tra Antichità e Medioevo

    (with C. Blengini, S. Gastaldi, and C. Zizza) International conference at the Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 30-31 May 2016.

  1. Idee, testi e autori arabi ed ebraici e la loro ricezione latina

    International conference at the Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 3-4 December 2014. 

  1. Pensare a Weimar. Figure del pensiero tedesco nella Germania della crisi.

    (with L. De Giovanni) Conference at the Università di Pavia (IT), 10-12 December 2013.


  1. The Multi-ethnic Borderlands of Medieval Toledo: New Directions

    State University of Texas Congress, Toledo (ES), June 5-7 2019.

  1. Science, Imagination and Wonder – Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy

    International Conference, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 3-6 April 2018.


  1. Communication Manager, Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME), 2016-present
  2. Editorial Collaborator, Medioevo Latino/MEL, Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL). Since 2011.
  3. Ph.D. Student Representative, Università di Pavia (IT), Department of Humanities Council, 2013.
  4. Student Representative, Università di Siena (IT), Council of the School of Letter and Philosophy, 2008-2010. 

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