Last update January 2020

RESEARCH OUTLINE

My main research interests are related to the notions of matter and materiality, in particular the epistemological problem of matter’s knowability within the traditional Aristotelian framework of natural philosophy. I am currently working on the epistemic strategies elaborated in the 13th century to ground matter’s intelligibility (analogy, negation, etc.) and their relation to ontological and physical problems that marked the historical development of a shared notion of matter (detached, in part or completely, from Aristotle). My interest on matter and materiality is not limited to the 13th century. My central hypothesis is that the failure to provide the foundations for a positive knowability of (prime) matter substantively marked the gradual abandonment of the Aristotelian framework in natural philosophy from the 14th century, through a process whose roots are grounded on the 12th century and whose completion would be eventually achieved in the 17th century. My work on the history of longue durée of the notions of matter and materiality is pursued through a combination of source-based examinations (with central attention to cross-cultural sources originated from the Arabic- and Greek-into-Latin medieval translations), systematic analysis of philosophical doctrines, and historical reconstruction (particularly in relation to the circulation of works and the cross-disciplinary pollination between science and philosophy).


EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Pavia.

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: 9 November 2015. Final note: Excellent.

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

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: 9 November 2015. Final note: Excellent cum laude.

MA in Philosophy, University of Siena.

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

BA in Philosophy, University of Siena.

2008, Università di Siena (IT). Thesis: ‘Quid deinde Esau? Peccato originale, grazia e libertà in Agostino di Ippona.’ Thesis defence: 10 June 2008. Supervisor: Paola Bernardini.


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Humboldt University of Berlin.

1 Sept 2018 – 31 Aug 2020, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE). Host: Prof. Dr. Dominik Perler.

Junior Research Fellow, Durham University.

1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018, Department of History and Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University (UK). Mentor: Prof. Giles Gasper.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pavia.

1 Jan – 30 June 2016, Department of Humanities, Università di Pavia (IT). Mentor: Prof. Chiara Crisciani.

SIEPM Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame.

1 Feb – 31 May 2015, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA). Mentor: Prof. Kent Emery.


PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Published Books

The Twelfth-Century Renewal of Latin Metaphysics: Gundissalinus’s Ontology of Matter and Form. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. Forthcoming (Winter 2020).

Domingo Gundisalvo. Una introducciónMadrid: Editorial Sindéresis, 2017. 165pp. ISBN: 978-84-16262-34-2.

Books in progress

The Matter of this World: Early Medieval Theories of Matter (350-1200). Proposal to be submitted to CUP in Winter 2020.

Editions in progress

The Treatise ‘On the Peregrinations of the Soul in the Afterlife’Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations, Peeters. Pre-contract.

EDITED VOLUMES

Published Volumes

Vedere nell’ombra. Studi su natura, spiritualità e scienze operative offerti a Michela Pereira. Edited by C. Panti and N. Polloni. Firenze: SISMEL (Micrologus’ Library 90), 2018. 430pp. ISBN 978-88-8450-813-3.

Appropriation, Interpretation and Criticism: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges Between the Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Intellectual Traditions. Edited by A. Fidora and N. Polloni. Barcelona – Roma: FIDEM, 2017. 336pp. ISBN: 978-2-503-57744-9.

Accepted Volumes

Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophy and Its Impact in the Middle AgesEdited by N. Polloni, M. Benedetto, and F. Dal Bo. Preliminary agreement with Brepols. EP: 2020.

Roger Bacon and Medieval Science and Philosophy. Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett. Edited by N. Polloni and Y. Kedar. Contract with Routledge. Expected publication: 2020.

Volumes in Progress

Contrasting Nature: Idealisation and Degradation of the Natural World in the Middle AgesEdited by M. Cipriani and N. Polloni. Initial phase of the editorial process.

Structuring Nature: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the History of Natural Sciences and Philosophy. Edited by N. Polloni, K. Krause, V. Carlotta, and M. Cipriani. Preliminary agreement with the Max Planck Institute Open Access Publications.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

Published Articles

A Matter of Philosophers and Spheres. Medieval Glosses on Artephius’s Key of Wisdom. Ambix, vol. 67/2 (2020), forthcoming.

Gundissalinus on the Angelic Creation of the Human Soul. A Peculiar Example of Philosophical Appropriation. Oriens vol. 47/3-4 (2019): 313–347.

Gundissalinus and Avicenna: Some Remarks on an Intricate Philosophical Connection. Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale, vol. 28 (2017): 515-552.

Gundissalinus on Necessary Being: Textual and Doctrinal Alterations in the Exposition of Avicenna’s Metaphysics. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, vol. 26/1 (2016): 129-160.

Gundissalinus’s Application of al-Farabi’s Metaphysical Programme. A Case of Epistemological Transfer. Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge, vol. 1 (2016): 69-2.

Thierry of Chartres and Gundissalinus on Spiritual Substance: The Problem of Hylomorphic Composition. Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale, vol. 57 (2015): 35-57.

Elementi per una biografia di Dominicus Gundisalvi. Archives d’Histoire Doctrinale et Littèraire du Moyen Âge, vol. 82 (2015): 7-22.

Il De processione mundi di Gundissalinus: prospettive per un’analisi genetico-dottrinale. Annali di Studi Umanistici, vol. 1 (2013): 25-38.

Accepted articles

Hugh of St Victor, Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Place of the Mechanical Arts in Premodern Architectures of Knowledge. With Alexander Fidora. Revue de Théologie et de Philosophie, accepted.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Published Book Chapters

The Liberal Arts: Inheritances and Conceptual Frameworks.  With G.E.M. Gasper, S. Sønnesyn, N. Lewis, and J. Cunningham. In G.E.M. Gasper, C. Panti, T.C.B. McLeish, H. Smithson (eds.), Knowing and Speaking: Robert Grosseteste’s De artibus liberalibus ‘On the Liberal Arts’ and De generatione sonorum ‘On the Generation of Sounds’. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 36–50.

The Use of the Stars: Alchemy, Plants, and Medicine. With G.E.M. Gasper, S. Sønnesyn, A. Lawrence-Mathers, and N. El-Bizri. In G.E.M. Gasper, C. Panti, T.C.B. McLeish, H. Smithson (eds.), Knowing and Speaking: Robert Grosseteste’s De artibus liberalibus ‘On the Liberal Arts’ and De generatione sonorum ‘On the Generation of Sounds’. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 166–195.

Nature, Souls, and Numbers: Remarks on a Medieval Gloss on Gundissalinus’s De processione mundi. In M.J. Soto-Bruna (ed.), Causality and Resemblance. Medieval Approaches to the Explanation of Nature.  Hildesheim – Zürich – New York: OLMS, 2018, 75-87.

The Toledan Translation Movement and Gundissalinus: Some Remarks on His Activity and Presence in Castile. In Y. Beale-Rivaya and J. Busic (eds.), A Companion to Medieval Toledo. Reconsidering the Canons. Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2018, 263-280.

L’acqua che si trasforma in pietra. Gundissalinus e Avicenna sulla generazione dei metalli. In C. Panti and N. Polloni (eds), Vedere nell’ombra. Studi su natura, spiritualità e scienze operative offerti a Michela Pereira. Firenze: SISMEL, 103-119.

Toledan Ontologies: Gundissalinus, Ibn Daud, and the Problems of Gabirolian Hylomorphism. In A. Fidora and N. Polloni (eds.), Appropriation, Interpretation and Criticism: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges Between the Arabic, Hebrew and Latin Intellectual Traditions. Barcelona – Roma: FIDEM, 2017, 19-49.

Aristotle in Toledo: Gundissalinus, the Arabs, and Gerard of Cremona’s TranslationsIn Ch. Burnett and P. Mantas (eds.), ‘Ex Oriente Lux’. Translating Words, Scripts and Styles in the Medieval Mediterranean World. Arabica Veritas, IV. Córdoba: UCOPress – London: The Warburg Institute, 2016, 147-185.

‘Natura vero assimilatur quaternario’: numerologia e neoplatonismo nel De processione mundi di Dominicus Gundissalinus. In J. L. Fuertes Herreros and Á. Poncela González (eds.), De Natura. La naturaleza en la Edad Media. Vol. 2.  Ribeirão: Húmus, 2015, 679-688.

Accepted Book Chapters

Gundisalvi, DominicusIn Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Leiden: Brill. Post-print.

Dominicus Gundissalinus’s On Unity and the One. In L.X. López Farjeat, K. Krause, and N. Oschman (eds.), Medieval Philosophy and the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Traditions. Essays in Honor of Richard Taylor. Forthcoming (Spring 2020).

Misinterpreting Ibn Gabirol? Questions, Doubts, and Remarks on the Latin Translation of the Font of Life. In N. Polloni, M. Benedetto, and F. Dal Bo (eds.), Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophy and Its Impact in the Middle Ages. Forthcoming.

Early Roger Bacon on Matter: (Meta)physical Tensions. In N. Polloni and Y. Kedar (eds.), Roger Bacon and Medieval Science and Philosophy. Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett. Forthcoming.

REVIEWS OF BOOKS

Published Book Reviews

A. Lammer. The Elements of Avicenna’s Physics: Greek Sources and Arabic Innovations. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2018. ISBN 9783110543582. Isis 110/3 (2019): 586-587.

M.J. Soto Bruna, C. Alonso Del Real. De unitate et uno de Dominicus Gundissalinus. Pamplona: EUNSA, 2015. ISBN: 9788431329426. Anuario filosófico 49/2 (2016): 484-486.

S. Pessin. Ibn Gabirol’s Theology of Desire. Matter and Method in Jewish Medieval Neoplatonism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9781107032217. Theology and Sexuality 21/2 (2015): 163-165.

OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS

L’ombra di Brexit sull’accademia inglese. In circolo. Rivista di filosofia e culture 2 (2016).

Domingo Gundisalvo, traductor y filósofo. Madrid: Fundación Ignacio Larramendi, 2013. 95pp. DOI: 10.18558/FIL033.


ACADEMIC FRAMEWORK

GRANTS AND HONOURS

Honorary Fellow

Departamento de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, University of Cordoba (ES), since 2019.

Honorary Fellow

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università di Pavia (IT), since 2014.

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’ (MSCA-GF, n. 793587).

Alexander von Humboldt Research Grant

2018. Awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung for the project “Knowing the Shadow.” Implementation at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE), 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2020.

Postdoctoral Grant

2016. Awarded by the Chimaera Foundation – Centro studi di Filosofia Medievale Maria Elena Reina for the research project “La scuola di traduttori di Toledo.” Implementation at the Università di Pavia (IT), 1 January to 30 June 2016.

SIEPM Research Grant

2015. Awarded by the University of Notre Dame and Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM) for the research project “Gundissalinus’ Reception of Universal Hylomorphism.” Implementation at the University of Notre Dame (IN, USA), 1 February to 31 May 2015.

Doctoral Grant

2012-2015. Università di Pavia (IT). Competitive grant.

SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING

Co-Editor, Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval.

With Alexander Fidora and Pedro Mantas España, 2018-present.

ACADEMIC VISITING

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.

Oxford (UK), Jan-April 2020.

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Berlin (DE), Oct-Dec 2019.

The Warburg Institute, University of London.

London (UK), July-Sept 2014.

The Warburg Institute, University of London.

London (UK), July-Aug 2013.

MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETIES

Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM), since 2013.

History of Science Society (HSS), since 2017.

Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME), since 2012.

British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS), since 2019.

Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale (SISPM), since 2013.

Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP), since 2015.

American Cusanus Society (ACS), since 2017.

International Robert Grosseteste Society, since 2012.


RESEARCH FRAMEWORK

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

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 Stiftung.

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: Fondazione Chimaera– 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: University of Notre Dame and SIEPM.

MEMBERSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

Greek-Arabic and Latin Biblical and Patristic Manuscripts.

University of Cordoba (ES), 2019-present.

The Ordered Universe.

Durham University and University of Oxford (UK), AHRC-funded Research Project, 2016-2019.

Aristotelica Portugalensia. The Reception of Aristotle in Portugal until the 18th Century.

University of Porto (PT), 2018-present.

Reason, Politics and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy.

University of Porto (PT), 2018-present.

Hermeneutica Patrística y Medieval.

University of Navarra (ES), 2016-2018.

MEMBERSHIP OF COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH NETWORKS

Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group.

Marquette University (WI, USA), 2016-present.

Cordoba Near Eastern Research Unit.

University of Cordoba (ES), 2018-present.

Roger Bacon: The Philosopher’s Workshop.    

Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Florence (IT), 2016-present.

DB Roger Bacon.             

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 2016-present.

ORGANIZATION OF CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, AND PANELS

De intellectu. Greek, Arabic, Latin, and Hebrew Texts and Their Influence on Medieval Philosophy. A Tribute to Rafael Ramón Guerrero.

International Conference. Organised with J. Higuera, C. López, P. Mantas, J. Meirinhos. Universidade do Porto. Porto (PT), 6-7 February 2020.

Greek-Hebrew-Arabic into Latin: The Sources of Early Scholasticism.

International Conference. Organised with L. Schumacher. King’s College London. London (UK), 23-24 January 2020.

Medieval Philosophical Gatherings (Wintersemester 2019).

Series of Lectures on Ancient, Medieval, and Early-Modern Philosophy. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), Oct-Dec 2019.

Matters Entagled. An Early-Career Symposium on History and Philosophy.

Symposium. Organised with E. Baltuta. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), 12 July 2019.

Medieval Philosophical Gatherings (Sommersemester 2019).

Series of Lectures on Ancient, Medieval, and Early-Modern Philosophy. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), Apr-July 2019.

Pre-Modern Experiences and the Limits of Science.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International conference. Organised with L. De Giovanni Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 10-12 December 2013.

MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES

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

International conference organised by Texas State University. Toledo (ES), 5-7 June 2019.

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

International conference organised by the University of Oxford and Durham University. Pembroke College, Oxford (UK), 3-6 April 2018.


TEACHING ACTIVITY

ORGANISATION OF SUMMER SCHOOLS

Structuring Nature. An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Summer School.

Organised with N. Aubin, V. Carlotta, M. Cipriani, K. Krause. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and MPIWG. Berlin (DE), 28 July – 3 August 2019. Web: https://structuringnature.wordpress.com/

COURSES AND READING GROUPS

Ancient and Medieval Visions of Light and Colour.

Co-lecturer, MA course, 2019.

Technologische Universität Berlin, Institute of the History of Science, Winter Semester 2019. Course lectured by Katja Krause and Nicola Polloni.

Scattered Matter: Atoms and Reality According to Nicholas of Autrecourt.

Reader, Reading Group, 2019.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Winter Semester 2019. Reading group centred on Nicholas of Autrecourt’s epistemology and natural philosophy.

Mobilising Knowledge in Translation.

Co-lecturer,MA course, 2019.

Technologische Universität Berlin, Institute of the History of Science, Summer Semester 2019. Course lectured by Maria Avxentevskaya, Robert Middeke-Conlin, Nicola Polloni, Shixiang Jin.

Structures of Materiality: Roger Bacon and the Conundrum of Prime Matter.

Reader,Reading Group, 2019.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Summer Semester 2019. Reading group centred on Roger Bacon’s philosophy of nature.

(Re)Shaping the Tradition: Narratives of Matter in Calcidius and Ibn Gabirol.

Reader, Reading Group, 2018.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Winter Semester 2019/19. Reading group centred on theories of matter elaborated by Calcidius and Solomon ibn Gabirol.

The Liberal Arts.

Co-convenor,Level 4 (MA) module, 2018.            

Durham University, Department of History. Convenors: G. Gasper and N. Polloni. Responsibilities included module design, teaching preparation, leading seminars, guiding and mentoring student projects and essays, and evaluation.

History of Science.

Co-convernor,MA module, 2016.              

Università di Pavia, with C. Crisciani. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.

History of Medieval Philosophy.

Co-convernor,BA module, 2015.

Università di Pavia, with C. Crisciani. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.

History of Medieval Philosophy.

Co-convernor,BA module, 2014.

Università di Pavia, with C. Crisciani. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.

History of Medieval Philosophy.

Co-convenor, BA module, 2013.

Università di Pavia, with C. Crisciani. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.

SEMINARS

The Penetration of Arabic Philosophy into the Latin Philosophical Tradition.

Lecturer,Research Seminar, 2017.

Marquette University, Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group. Research Seminar Jan-April 2017.

The Mediterranean Sea as Space of Philosophical Dissemination.

Lecturer,MA seminar, 2016.        

Università di Pavia, Spring semester 2016. Responsibility for lecture and seminar teaching.

Neoplatonism and Aristotelianism in the Middle Ages: Perspectives and Problems.

Lecturer, BA seminar, 2014.

Università di Pavia. Responsibility for lecture and seminar teaching.

ACADEMIC TEACHING PROGRAMMES

The World Machine.

Lecturer,OxNet Initiative Course, 2019.

University of Sunderland. Schools Outreach and Access Programme for the OxNet Initiative, Durham University, University of Oxford, University of Sunderland. Responsibility for lecture and seminar teaching for 16-17 years old university applicants, as part of a national UK programme; preparation of teaching materials, delivery and assessment.

The Ordered Universe.

Lecturer,OxNet Initiative Course, 2018.

University of Sunderland. Schools Outreach and Access Programme for the OxNet Initiative, Durham University, University of Oxford, University of Sunderland. Responsibility for lecture and seminar teaching for 16-17 years old university applicants, as part of a national UK programme; preparation of teaching materials, delivery and assessment.

SUPERVISION OF FINAL YEAR PROJECTS AND THESES

Dante, Monarchia I, II-IV: una teoria politica dell’intelletto.

Co-Supervisor,BA Thesis: 2015. Università di Pavia (IT), BA candidate: Carolina Tosca. Supervisors: Carla Casagrande and Nicola Polloni. Thesis defended on 25 February 2016.


LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

MAJOR INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

Shadows of Gundissalinus in the Summa Halensis.

Conference: The Summa Halensis: Philosophy and Reception. University of Oxford (UK), 23-25 September 2019.

A Matter to Be Grasped: Epistemic Strategies and Ontological Problems about Prime Matter.

Lecture. Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL), 20 September 2019.

Experiencing Matter: Translations and Transitions in Grosseteste’s Early Works.         

Conference: Premodern Experience of the Natural World in Translation. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (DE), 27-28 June 2019.

Movements, Clusters, and Teams: Modern Perspectives on Premodern Translations.

Conference: The Multi-Cultural Borderlands of Medieval Toledo. Toledo (ES), June 5-7, 2019.

Marginal Epistemologies of Matter: Premodern Strategies for Knowing the Prime Substrate.

Conference: Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions: Intellect, Experience and More. University of Pisa, Pisa (IT), 22-25 May 2019.

Le questioni sulla Fisica di Ruggero Bacone: il problema della materia.

Conference: La Fisica di Aristotele nel Medioevo. Parigi e Oxford (1210-1270). Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Roma (IT), 3 April 2019.

Premodern Translations into Latin: Rhetorical Strategies and Historical Reconstructions.

Conference: Mapping the Rhetoric of Science Writing in Antiquity and Beyond. Ionian University, Corfu (GR), 28-29 March 2019.

Looking into the Unknowable: Premodern Conundrums of Prime Matter.

Lecture. Durham University, Durham (UK), 5 March 2019.

Inside Marc of Toledo’s Approach to Ibn Tûmart and His Philosophical and Theological Doctrines.

With Pedro Mantas España. Conference: Trespassing Walls. Jews, Christians and Muslims around Their Texts and Traditions. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 29 January 2019.

Knowing the Shadow. Prime Matter and its Knowability in the 13th Century.

Conference: Matter, Mind, and More. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE), 9 November 2018.

Sources of Light: Remarks on the Grosseteste/Avicebron Connection.

Conference: Science Imagination and Wonder – Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy. University of Oxford, Oxford (UK), 3-6 April 2018.

Nicholas of Cusa and Gundissalinus: A Prelude on Matter.

Conference: East-Western Transmission of Knowledge. An International Colloquium on Methods of Research. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 3 April 2018.

Arabic Philosophy in Latin Europe Before Michael Scot.            

Conference: Crossing Lands. Spreading knowledge in the Near East and the Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to Middle Ages. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 14 March 2018.

Chaos in Toledo: Gundissalinus, Daniel of Morley, and the Chartrean Tradition.

Conference: Scire naturam: filosofia e ciências, da antiguidade ao início da modernidade. Universidade do Porto, Porto (PT), 26-28 February 2018.

Domingo Gundisalvo y Daniel de Morley acerca del establecimiento y conservación de la causalidad del universo.

Conference: Explicatio y ratio naturae. Comprensiones medievales sobre el origen del universo. Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (ES), 16 January 2018.

Traducción y circulación del conocimiento árabe a finales del siglo XII: unas notas de introducción.

Conference: Oriente próximo y la cuenca del Mediterráneo. Fe, creencia y transmisión textual entre lo canónico y lo apócrifo. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 30 November 2017.

Matter of Change: Philosophical Claims and Religious Concerns on the Substrate.

Colloquium: Pre-Modern Sciences and Religions. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (USA), 6 November 2017.

Effectus, affectus, and defectus: Causality and Causation of the Substrate.

Conference: Aspectus and Affectus: Robert Grosseteste, Understanding and Feeling. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (USA), 30 March – 1 April 2017.

La ciencia de “los otros”: peculiares asimilaciones de teorías árabes por la tradición filosófica latina (1150-1210).

Lecture. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 26 January 2017.

Contrasting Perspectives: The Latins, the Arabs, and the Rise of a New Approach to Philosophy.

Conference: Filosofia Medieval: em curso e em toda a extensão. Universidade do Porto, Porto (PT), 12-13 January 2017.

Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Renovation of Medieval Philosophy.              

Conference: Translation and Philosophy: Gundissalinus and Ibn Daud in 12th Century Spain. University of South Carolina, Columbia,  SC (USA), 11 November 2016.

Gundissalinus, Avicenna, and the Road to Paris.

Lecture. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (USA), 2 November 2016.

Translation and Appropriation: Necromancy, Astrology, Alchemy.      

Lecture. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (USA), 31 October 2016.

PRESENTATIONS IN CONGRESSES AND CONFERENCES

Matter as Epistemic Object: Intellection, Manipulation, and Particularisation in the 13th Century.

2019 Meeting of the History of Science Society. Utrecht (NL), 23-27 July 2019.

Robert Grosseteste: Patterns of Causality, Matter, Light, and the Divine.

2019 International Medieval Congress.University of Leeds, 1-4 July 2019.

From Matter to Materiality: Premodern Quests for Knowing the Principle of Corporeality.

2018 Meeting of the History of Science Society. Seattle, WA (USA), 1-4 November 2018.

Avicennian Cosmologies? Remarks on Grosseteste and “the Arabs”.

2018 Aquinas and the Arabs Annual Fall Workshop. Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City (MX), 23-25 September 2018.

Expanding Matter: Cosmologies of Light in Artephius and Grosseteste.

53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Session: Structures of Order in Medieval Science I: Experience and Authorities. Kalamazoo, MI (USA), 10-13 May 2018.

Accordance and Strife: Encounters with Modernity at the Beginning of the Thirteenth Century.

Conference: Philosophy, Faith and Modernity. Dallas (TX), 16-19 November 2017.

Sciences of Matter? Knowledge of the Material Substrate in the two Bacons.

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

“Indeed, the soul has not been made by the first Maker”: Creation, Imitation, and Matter.

Conference: Creation and Artifice. The Warburg Institute, London (UK), 1-2 June 2017.

I numeri della natura: testimonianze numerologiche della completezza del creato in Gundisalvi e Grossatesta.

Conference: Rappresentazioni della natura nel Medioevo. SISPM/CIRFIM, Università di Padova, Padova (IT), 24-27 May 2017.

Gundisalvo, Guillermo de Auvernia, y el problema de atribución del “De immortalitate animae”.

VII Congreso Internacional Iberoamericano de la Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval: De relatione. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona (ES), 14-16 November 2016.

Aristotele a Toledo.

Conference: Da Stagira a Parigi: prospettive aristoteliche tra Antichità e Medioevo. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 30-31 May 2016.

Entre Toledo, Segovia y Chartres: convergencias doctrinales en la discusión metafísica de Gundisalvo.

Conference: Espacios de la filosofía medieval: Córdoba, Toledo y Paris. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (ES), 9 March 2016.

Possibilità materiali e necessità formali: letture gundissaliniane di Ibn Sina, Ibn Gabirol e Ibn Daud.

Conference: Idee, testi e autori arabi ed ebraici e la loro ricezione latina. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 3-4 December 2014.

Les sources néoplatoniciennes arabes de la cosmologie de Gundissalinus.

Workshop: Métaphysique et cosmologie médiévales. Héritages philosophiques du Livres des causes. Dijon (FR), 16 September 2014.

Toledo, crocevia di culture: il caso del movimento di traduzione.

Conference: Cantieri d’Autunno. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 13-16 October 2013.

Gundissalinus and Avicenna: Some Remarks on the Textual Presence of Avicenna’s Metaphysica in De processione mundi.

Workshop: 12th- and 13th-Century Attempts to Translate Muslim and Jewish Texts into Latin. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum (DE), 19 March 2013.

“Natura vero assimilatur quaternario”: alcune osservazioni sulla numerologia del De processione mundi di Gundissalinus.

VI Congreso Internacional Iberoamericano de la Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval: De natura. Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca (ES), 3-5 December 2012.


COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH

Co-Founder, The Extensions Project.

Collaborative framework of philosophers, scientists, and artists working on the limits of knowledge, 2019-presents. Web: https://extensionsofreality.com/

Communication Manager, Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME).

2016-present.

Editorial Collaborator, Medioevo Latino/MEL Project.

Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL), since 2011.

Ph.D. Student Representative.

Università di Pavia (IT), Department of Humanities Council, 2013.

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Università di Siena (IT), Council of the School of Letter and Philosophy, 2008-2010.


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