Finally, 2020 is almost finished. It felt like a decade. Just thinking that January, when I was moving to Oxford for my research stay, was only eleven months ago, well, it just doesn’t seem right. In the months following the beginning of the pandemic many things have happened. Many more were supposed to happen (from the second Berlin workshop on matter to my trip to Asia), but they didn’t. And between the first lockdown and lockdown 2.0, I didn’t feel like it was the right time to give any updates. Needless to say, now I have to give many news at once – lots of good news, actually. I will do my best to be as concise as possible.Continue reading
It took some time. But finally, Yael and I have sent the volume manuscript to Routledge! This is a special volume aimed at celebrating a very special person, Jeremiah Hackett, and his crucial contributions to the understanding of medieval philosophy. Not incidentally, the volume focuses mostly on Roger Bacon, the philosophical and scientific theories he elaborated, and the philosophical debates in which he took part.Continue reading
I have experimented with my laptop and made a very short video on my new project in Leuven. It’s an experiment (and an experience), but I am learning…Continue reading
You can download here the handout of my talk at the conference “13th-Century English Franciscans” organised by Lydia Schumacher. The conference starts on 24 July 2020 and will last for a few weeks (with weekly sessions).Continue reading
After months of uncertainty (a secondary outcome of the pandemic), finally some splendid, fantastic news: I have been awarded a FWO senior research fellowship at KU Leuven! During the next three years I will have the much consequential opportunity to work on late medieval theories of matter (both ontological and epistemological) mentored by Russell Friedman!Continue reading
Throughout July and August 2020, Lydia Schumacher will lead a fantastic discussion on philosophical and theological aspects of 13th-century English Franciscanism. The programme looks amazing – this is going to be a fascinating Summer experience.Continue reading
My article of Artephius has just been published by Ambix:
Nicola Polloni, “A Matter of Philosophers and Spheres. Medieval Glosses on Artephius’s Key of Wisdom.” Ambix, 67/2 (2020): 135-153.Continue reading
Splendid reading group organised by the Roger Bacon Research Society. Starting on 1 May 2020 at 4.30 Berlin time, on Zoom. All are welcome!Continue reading
Organised by Nicola Polloni and Dominic Dold, the research reading group begins on 1 April 2020 and will meet biweekly on Zoom. We will read the four books of Samuel Alexander’s Space, Time, and Deity. Participants are supposed to read the texts (usually two chapters per meeting) before the biweekly session in which the texts will be discussed.Continue reading
Finally, the first copy of my book has arrived!
Due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, many aspects of our lives have been or are about to be affected. In this moment of grave concern, academia must do its part to contribute to the efforts put in place by governments all over the world to delay the spread of the virus. After much pondering, I have decided to do my part rescheduling, postponing, and cancelling most of the events I had planned for the forthcoming months.Continue reading
Here’s the video of the fantastic keynote lecture by Cecilia Trifogli at the workshop “Prime Matter: The Ontological Stakes of Physical Endurance” (HU Berlin, 28 Feb 2020).Continue reading
It has been exhausting, but so rewarding! The first Prime Matter Workshop has been an incredible success. Splendid talks, awesome speakers, brilliant discussions, and a lot of people attending.
Below, some photos taken throughout the day.
Can’t wait for the second Prime Matter Workshop, on 14 May 2020!
One week to go!Continue reading
Rosie, Tom, and I had a splendid research meeting today in Oxford. A great deal of new ideas and planning for the next months. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, you will see…
I will be based in Oxford for some time, visiting the Faculty of Philosophy and working with Cecilia Trifogli on theories of matter in the thirteenth century. This is going to be such a great time!!
The recordings of the second cycle of the medieval philosophical gatherings are finally available. Talks by Elena Baltuta (IR), Stephen Ogden (Catholic University of America), Joshua Mendelsohn (Loyola University Chicago), Tommaso Alpina (LMU Munich), and Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin).Continue reading
Organised by Vincenzo Carlotta and Katja Krause, an intriguing workshop on “Alchemy between Practices and Theories” is about to take place at the MPIWG – Berlin. Lots of fun ahead!Continue reading
A few changes in the “Medieval Gatherings” programme.Continue reading
My new article on Gundissalinus’s doctrine of the creation of human souls has just been published by Oriens.Continue reading
The Winter Semester 2019 has just started. And with it, a fresh new reading group, this time dedicated to exploring Nicholas of Autrecourt’s Universal Treatise (more here). Also the Medieval Gatherings have started again with Elena Baltuta’s talk on Kilwardby’s intentionality of pain (you can watch the video here). The semester couldn’t have started in a better way!
Here’s the CFP for the 2020 Winter issue of Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval.Continue reading
The programme of the second cycle of the Medieval Philosophical Gatherings is finally available. A lot of fascinating talks this semester, too.Continue reading
Terrific artistic time with Rosie Reed Gold at Tate Modern! Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition has been the most beautiful, captivating, metaphysical exhibit I have ever seen in my life. It is just unique!
My immense gratitude to Rosie for this splendid experience and her unparalleled artistic guidance! A lot of inspiration for new explorations of precarious ontologies with Rosie and the Extensions Project Group (https://extensionsofreality.com/) – more soon!
It’s been such an honour to be invited to give a lecture at the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science of Radboud University in Nijmegen. A unique and splendid group of people working on so many intriguing aspects of medieval, renaissance, and early modern philosophy and science.Continue reading
Here’s the recording of Yehuda Halper’s intriguing opening lecture of the “Structuring Nature” Berlin Summer School.Continue reading
40 degrees, no air conditioning. In Utrecht. It has been a “different” HSS congress this year. Still an amazing one. Here are some shots I have taken during these hot Dutch days.Continue reading
De intellectu: Greek, Arabic, Latin, and Hebrew Texts and Their Influence on Medieval Philosophy. A Tribute to Rafael Ramón Guerrero. University of Porto, 6th-7th February 2020Continue reading
The recordings of this semester’s medieval philosophical gatherings are finally available. Talks by Lydia Schumacher (King’s College London), Yael Kedar (Tel Hai College), David Cory (Notre Dame), Thomas Valentin Harb (HU Berlin), Mattia Cipriani (FU Berlin), and Abel Aravena Zamora (Playa Ancha). Enjoy!Continue reading
Here’s the programme of “Matters Entangled”, the symposium Elena Baltuta and I have organised at HU Berlin. All are welcome to attend! This is going to be memorable…Continue reading
Shots from the enlightening talk given by Mattia Cipriani on Thomas of Cantimpré’s Liber de Natura Rerum. Almost two hours discussing source and aims, manuscripts and circulation, intricacies and implications of a fascinating author that contributed so much to the history of medieval science. Video available very soon!
Awesome conference on “Premodern Experience of the Natural World in Translation” organised by Katja Krause, Maria Avxentevskaya, and Droh Weil at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.Continue reading
A couple of photos from the superb talk given by Giouli Korobili on Aristotle and Roger Bacon. Sorry for the lack of video—my fault!Continue reading
A multiplicity of perspectives on a very special subject – medieval Toledo. The former capital of the Visigoths. One of the most prominent cities in al-Andalus and one of the most relevant reinos de taifa. For centuries, the most important town in Castile.
Organised by Yasmine Beale-Rivaya (Texas State University) and María José Lop Otín (Universidad de Castilla La Mancha), the conference “The Multi-Cultural Borderlands of Medieval Toledo” has been a unique occasion to discuss many aspects related to the uniqueness of medieval Toledo and its borderlands. Borders – political, cultural, and religious borders – that are superseded and rediscovered within a town that was perilous and illuminated, shelter and prison, heavenly and infernal at the same time.
A unique conference for a unique subject, fascinating and intriguing. More info at https://www.worldlang.txstate.edu/toledo/
As always, some photos of the conference and its awesome venue.
Amazing conference in Pisa. It was the Spring conference of the AAIWG—but bigger, juicer, and more impressive, if that’s possible. For four days, we have explored the intricacies of the philosophical tradition in its intertwining of languages and problems, shifts and ideas.
So many inputs in such a short time—something unique. I have reencountered many old friends (some for the first time in person after years of emails and Skype-calls) and made many more. New ideas have arisen and I will scrupulously nurture them. And new collaborations have started or are about to start—and you will see their outcomes hopefully soon.
For now, some photos of smart people (and I) having fun in different ways.
At Lincoln Cathedral, with light and colour (and lines, angles, shapes…) and a special presence. What a spectacular and unique place!
Meeting with old good friends and talking so much about so many things (yes, most of them were related to philosophy, though with much fun!) – Berlin, sometimes you are indeed so wunderbar!
Here is the programme of the Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group conference in Pisa (22-25 May 2019). This is going to be huge. And incredibly fun!Continue reading
Last Friday, we were intensively discussing the many problems arising from the study of Early-Franciscan Psychology. Lydia Schumacher (KLC) gave a splendid talk on her research on this fascinating topic. And we all were eager in trying to understand the reasons behind a very intriguing reception of Avicenna’s theories of soul and knowledge.
The programme of our Summer School is ready! Readings and lecturers are also ready. And a lot of students have applied from Europe, North America, and Asia. Just a few more days and everything will start (can’t wait!).Continue reading
A impressively fantastic conference on Aristotle’s Physics in the Middle Ages, with superb scholars (and I). I really had some great fun and amazing time in Rome! Looking forward to meeting again Irene, Anna, and “the Cecilias” very soon — maybe in Berlin?
And this semester is on matter again! But our attention will be focused on Roger Bacon and his De multiplicatione specierum. And there are some surprises… the Medieval Philosophical Gatherings will accompany our journey!Continue reading
I have been invited to give a talk to an intriguing conference in a most beautiful place: Corfu, Greece.Continue reading