Nicola Polloni

Senior Researcher
Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven

My research studies a fundamental aspect of premodern philosophy (350–1500 CE): what is the ontological constitution of natural substances? The answer to this question relied on the supposition that every body (be that a stone, an apple, or a squirrel) is a compound of matter and form (hylomorphism) and on correlated hypotheses about the elements and the emergence of uniform bodies. These theories impacted widely on the philosophical debate, approaching specific aspects of premodern epistemology, natural philosophy, and natural sciences. The aim of my research is to assess how different disciplinary applications of hylomorphism collided with (and implicitly emended) the central tenets of this fundamental theory. Beyond the specificities of my research, my academic work proceeds from two central beliefs in, first, the universal value of knowledge, both per se and in relation to its practical actualisations in societal processes, and second, in in the emancipating role that higher education carries out by empowering new generations with the ability to build a better and more equitable world. I envision academia as a collective sharing of knowledge that needs to go beyond the circulation of research products and collectivise the research effort itself in a mutual sharing of skills, expertise, and cultural backgrounds. The many international collaborations I have nurtured speak of my commitment to break the walls of disciplinary compartmentalisation and geographical disconnection. This is particularly important for philosophy and its history, which need to be connected globally by abandoning any residual Eurocentrism. Consequently, I consider my work as teacher to be aimed at nurturing a growth mindset in my students, empowering them with the possibility to give their best in consideration of their uniqueness as individuals. In reason of this aspect, the three pillars of my teaching are active learning, backward design, and the universal design for learning. As I have had the occasion to directly assess repeatedly, nurturing a positive, creative, and psychologically safe class environment allows students to engage with their learning process responsibly and proactively.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), 1 Oct 2020 – 30 Sept 2023. Mentor: Russell Friedman.  

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow
Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE), 1 Sept 2018 – 31 Aug 2020. Host: Dominik Perler.  

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

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

SIEPM Research Fellow
Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA), 1 Feb – 31 May 2015. Mentor: John Van Engen.

HABILITATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

Associate Professor of History of Philosophy (Habilitation)
Issued by the Italian Ministry of Education, University, and Research (MIUR), Bando d.d. 2175/2018, “Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale a Professore di seconda fascia” (11/C5), 11 November 2020.  

Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Habilitation)
Issued by the Spanish Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y la Acreditación (ANECA), n. 2020-3399, “Acreditación como Profesor Ayudante Doctor en Filosofía” (365), 21 July 2020.  

Higher Education Teaching Certificate
Issued by Harvard University (USA), Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, 24 August 2020.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Università di Pavia (IT), 2015.
International Cotutelle with Barcelona. Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Defence: 9 November 2015. Final note: Excellent.

Ph.D. in Cultures in Contact in the Mediterranean Sea, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES), 2015.
International Cotutelle with Pavia. Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Defence: 9 November 2015. Final note: Excellent cum laude.  

MA in Philosophy, Università di Siena (IT), 2012.
Defence: 18 April 2012. Final note: 110/110 cum laude.  

BA in Philosophy, Università di Siena (IT), 2008.
Defence: 10 June 2008.

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Communicating for Impact and Influence
Course, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), July-September 2020.  

Higher Education Teaching
Course, Harvard University, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, May-July 2020.

ACADEMIC VISITING

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Peking University
Beijing (CN), Sept 2022-May 2023 – planned

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.

AWARDS AND HONOURS

Honorary Fellow
Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad de Córdoba (ES), 2019-present.

Honorary Fellow
Department of Humanities, University of Pavia (IT), 2013-2019.  

Seal of Excellence of the European Commission
Awarded for the research project ‘Knowing the Shadow: Knowledge and Experience of Matter in the Middle Ages’ (MSCA-GF, n. 793587), 2018.

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

The Shadow Within Nature: Epistemology and Ontology of Prime Matter in the Late Middle Ages (1250-1430)
Implementation: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE). Sponsor: Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO), 2020-2023.
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Knowing the Shadow: Ontology and Epistemology of Matter in the 13th Century.
Implementation: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE). Sponsor: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, 2018-2020.
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The Metaphysics of Grosseteste and Bacon: Between Philosophy and Science.
Implementation: Durham University (UK). Sponsor: Durham University, DIFeREns2 and European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609412, 2016-2018.
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The Toledan School of Translators and Avicenna’s Influence on Latin Philosophy.
Implementation: Università di Pavia (IT). Sponsor: Fondazione Chimaera– Centro Studi di Filosofia Medievale ‘Maria Elena Reina’, 2016.
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Gundissalinus’s Reception of Universal Hylomorphism.
Implementation: University of Notre Dame (IN, USA). Sponsor: University of Notre Dame and SIEPM, 2015.
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MEMBERSHIP OF EDITORIAL BOARDS

Co-Editor, Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval
Editors: Alexander Fidora, Pedro Mantas España, and Nicola Polloni, 2018-present.

Executive Editor, Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval
Editors: Alexander Fidora and Pedro Mantas España, 2017-2018.

Editorial collaborator, Medioevo Latino/MEL
Società Italiana per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL), Florence (IT), 2011-present.

MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES

Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group.
Member of the Executive Committee of the research group since August 2020.

8th Congress of Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME): De cognitione.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the congress organised by SOFIME and Universidade do Porto. Porto (PT), 6-8 September 2021.

The Multi-Ethnic Borderlands of Medieval Toledo: New Directions.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the conference organised by Texas State University. Toledo (ES), 5-7 June 2019.  

Cordoba Near Eastern Research Unit.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the research team at the Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 2018-present.

Science, Imagination and Wonder – Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the conference organised by  the University of Oxford and Durham University. Pembroke College, Oxford (UK), 3-6 April 2018.

MEMBERSHIP OF RESEARCH PROJECTS AND TEAMS

Teoría finalistas en la Edad Media.
Universidad Católica de Argentina, Buenos Aires (AR), 2020-present.

Ex umbra in solem: Historia de la documentación de la enseñanza de la filosofía natural (Física) a partir de los manuscritos del Colegio Máximo San Miguel y del Convictorio Carolino, Chile (1698-1798).
Universidad de Playa Ancha (CL), Proyecto Fondecyt Iniciación 11200279 (ANID-Chile), Principal Investigator: Abel Aravena Zamora, 2020-present

Dominicus Gundissalinus Working Group
Autonomous University of Barcelona (ES), 2020-present.

Greek-Arabic and Latin Biblical and Patristic Manuscripts.
Universidad de Córdoba (ES). Funding Entity: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, ref.  IPGC2018-096807-B-I00, 2019-present.

Aristotelica Portugalensia. The Reception of Aristotle in Portugal until the 18th Century.
Universidade do Porto (PT), 2018-present.

Reason, Politics and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy.
Universidade do Porto (PT), 2018-present.

Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group.
Marquette University (USA), 2016-present.

DB Roger Bacon.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES), 2016-present.

The Ordered Universe.
Durham University and University of Oxford (UK). Funding Entity: Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2016-2020.

Roger Bacon: The Philosopher’s Workshop.
SISMEL, Florence (IT), 2016-2020.

Hermeneutica Patrística y Medieval: Unity and Plurality of the Logos in the World
Universidad de Navarra (ES). Funding Entity: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, ref. FFI2015-63947-P, 2016-2018.

MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETIES

Roger Bacon Research Society (RBRS)
Member since 2020, secretary since 2020.

Associazione Italiana Alexander von Humboldt
Member since 2020.

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

History of Science Society (HSS)
Member since 2017.

American Cusanus Society (ACS)
Member since 2017.

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

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

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

Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME)
Member since 2012.

International Robert Grosseteste Society
Member since 2012.

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC EVENTS

CONFERENCES

The Elusive Substrate: Theories of Prime Matter from Ancient Rome to Early Qing China
Cycle of conferences. KU Leuven, Leuven (BE), 14 May 2021 – 18 March 2022.
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Prime Matter: The Ontological Stakes of Physical Endurance.
Conference. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), 28 February 2020.
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De intellectu. Greek, Arabic, Latin, and Hebrew Texts and Their Influence on Medieval Philosophy.
Conference. Organised with J. Higuera, C. López, P. Mantas, J. Meirinhos. Universidade do Porto. Porto (PT), 6-7 February 2020.

Matters Entangled. An Early-Career Symposium on History and Philosophy.
Symposium. Organised with E. Baltuta. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), 12 July 2019.
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Translating Experience: Medieval Encounters with Nature, Self, and God.
Conference. Organised with K. Krause. Durham University. Durham (UK), 4-6 June 2017.
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Da Stagira a Parigi: prospettive aristoteliche tra Antichità e Medioevo.
Conference. Organised with C. Blengini, S. Gastaldi, and C. Zizza. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 30-31 May 2016.
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Idee, testi e autori arabi ed ebraici e la loro ricezione latina.
Conference. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 3-4 December 2014. 
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Pensare a Weimar. Figure del pensiero tedesco nella Germania della crisi.
Conference. Organised with L. De Giovanni Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 10-12 December 2013.
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COLLOQUIA AND RESEARCH MEETINGS

Medieval Logic and Ontology (MeLO) Seminar
Research colloquium. Organised with Christophe Geudens. KU Leuven, Institute of Philosophy, 2020-2021.
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Nature and Emergence: A Research Reading Group on Samuel Alexander
Research reading group. Organised with Dominic Dold. KU Leuven, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Max-Planck-Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 2020-2021.
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Medieval Philosophical Gatherings (Wintersemester 2019).
Weekly colloquium in Ancient, Medieval, and Early-Modern Philosophy. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), Oct-Dec 2019.
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Medieval Philosophical Gatherings (Sommersemester 2019).
Weekly colloquium in Ancient, Medieval, and Early-Modern Philosophy. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), Apr-July 2019.
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PANELS

Cross-Pollinations and Creative Interpretations: The Place of Toledo in the History of European Philosophy
Panel. Conference: The Multi-Ethnic Borderlands of Medieval Toledo: New Directions. Toledo (ES), 5-7 June 2019.
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Pre-Modern Experiences and the Limits of Science
Panel. 2017 Meeting of the History of Science Society. Toronto, ON (Canada), 9-12 November 2017.
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OUTREACH

OUTREACH PROJECTS

Co-Founder and member, The Extensions Project
Founders: Nicola Polloni, Rosie Reed Gold, Tom Lancaster, and Joshua Harvey.
Website: https://extensionsofreality.com/

OUTREACH EVENTS

Presence in Absentia
Outreach event realised by Rosie Reed Gold, Joshua Harvey, and Nicola Polloni. Berlin, 2 August 2019. Art performance by Rosie Reed Gold on the cognisability of what is present without being perceivable, following Calcidius’s texts on prime matter and the contemporary psychological discussion on perception.

Editor, Iberica Philosophica Mediaevalia
Monthly newsletter of Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval aimed at fostering interdisciplinary sharing of news and information among different branches of medieval scholarship
Website: https://sofime.eu/ibericaphilosophica/

Owner and editor, Potestas Essendi
Website dedicated to sharing my research with a wider non-specialised audience. The website includes videos, lectures, written and multimedia materials, and news about my research and teaching activities.
Website: https://potestas-essendi.com/

A complete list of my publications – including abstracts, reviews of my books, different kinds of downloadable materials – is available HERE.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

*Ordering the Sciences: al-Fārābī and the Latinate Tradition
With Alexander Fidora. Ishraq: Islamic Philosophy Yearbook, accepted.

*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, 2021, accepted.

Early Robert Grosseteste on Matter.
Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. Ahead of print version, 2020. DOI:
10.1098/rsnr.2020.0017

A Matter of Philosophers and Spheres: Medieval Glosses on Artephius’s Key of Wisdom.
Ambix 67/2 (2020): 135-152. DOI:
10.1080/00026980.2020.1747307

Gundissalinus on the Angelic Creation of the Human Soul: A Peculiar Example of Philosophical Appropriation.
Oriens 47/3-4 (2019): 313–347. DOI:
10.1163/18778372-04800200

Gundisalin o Nužnom Biću: Tekstualne i doktrinarne izmjene u izlaganju Avicenine ‘Metaphysica’
Logos – Časopis za filozofiju i religiju 7/1-2 (2018): 71-101. [Bosnian translation of “Gundissalinus on Necessary Being“]

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

Gundissalinus on Necessary Being: Textual and Doctrinal Alterations in the Exposition of Avicenna’s Metaphysics.
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 26/1 (2016): 129-160. DOI:
10.1017/S0957423915000144

Gundissalinus’s Application of al-Fārābī’s Metaphysical Programme. A Case of Epistemological Transfer.
Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge 1 (2016): 69-106. DOI:
10.21071/mijtk.v0i1.5174

Thierry of Chartres and Gundissalinus on Spiritual Substances: The Problem of Hylomorphic Composition.
Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale 57 (2015): 35-57. DOI:
10.1484/J.BPM.5.110804

Elementi per una biografia di Dominicus Gundisalvi.
Archives d’Histoire Doctrinale et Littèraire du Moyen Âge 82 (2015): 7-22. DOI:
10.3917/ahdlm.082.0007

Il De processione mundi di Gundissalinus: prospettive per un’analisi genetico-dottrinale.
Annali di Studi Umanistici 1 (2013): 25-38. DOI:
10.1400/235190

BOOKS

The Twelfth-Century Renewal of Latin Metaphysics: Gundissalinus’s Ontology of Matter and Form.
Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2020. xiii + 318pp. ISBN: 9780888448651.
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Domingo Gundisalvo. Una introducción.
Madrid: Editorial Sindéresis, 2017. 165pp. ISBN: 9788416262342.
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EDITED VOLUMES

*Fragmented Nature: Conceptions of the Natural Order in the European Middle Ages.
Edited by M. Cipriani and N. Polloni. London: Routledge, 2021.

*Unravelling Ibn Gabirol’s Metaphysics: Philosophical and Historical Studies.
Edited by N. Polloni, M. Benedetto, and F. Dal Bo. Pre-contract with Brepols. Expected publication: 2021.

The Philosophy and Science of Roger Bacon. Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett.
Edited by N. Polloni and Y. Kedar. London: Routledge, 2021. ISBN: 9780367471743.
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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. xxiii + 430pp. ISBN 9788884508133.
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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: 9782503577449.
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BOOK SECTIONS

*Disentangling Roger Bacon’s Criticism of Medieval Translations.
In 13th-Century English Franciscans, ed. by L. Schumacher (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021).

*Medieval Universes in Disorder: Ontological Roots, Authoritative Coordinates, and Primeval Chaos.
In Fragmented Nature: Conceptions of the Natural Order in the European Middle Ages, ed. by M. Cipriani and N. Polloni (London: Routledge, 2021), forthcoming.

*Misinterpreting Ibn Gabirol? Questions, Doubts, and Remarks on a Problematic Latin Translation.
In Unravelling Ibn Gabirol’s Metaphysics: Philosophical and Historical Studies, ed. by N. Polloni, M. Benedetto, and F. Dal Bo (Turnout: Brepols, 2021).

*Questioning the Experiential Dimension of Medieval Translations.
In Premodern Experience of the Natural World in Translation, ed. by M. Avxentevkaya, K. Krause, and D. Weil (London: Routledge, 2021), forthcoming

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

Roger Bacon on the Conceivability Matter.
In Roger Bacon and Medieval Science and Philosophy. Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett, ed. by N. Polloni and Y. Kedar (London: Routledge, 2021), 76-97..

The Liberal Arts: Inheritances and Conceptual Frameworks.
With G.E.M. Gasper, S. Sønnesyn, N. Lewis, and J. Cunningham.
In Knowing and Speaking: Robert Grosseteste’s De artibus liberalibus ‘On the Liberal Arts’ and De generatione sonorum ‘On the Generation of Sounds’, ed. byG.E.M. Gasper, C. Panti, T.C.B. McLeish, H. Smithson (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 Knowing and Speaking: Robert Grosseteste’s De artibus liberalibus ‘On the Liberal Arts’ and De generatione sonorum ‘On the Generation of Sounds’, ed. byG.E.M. Gasper, C. Panti, T.C.B. McLeish, H. Smithson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 166–195.

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

The Toledan Translation Movement and Dominicus Gundissalinus: Some Remarks on His Activity and Presence in Castile.
In A Companion to Medieval Toledo. Reconsidering the Canons, ed. by Y. Beale-Rivaya and J. Busic (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018), 263-280. DOI:
10.1163/9789004380516_012

L’acqua che si trasforma in pietra. Gundissalinus e Avicenna sulla generazione dei metalli.
In Vedere nell’ombra. Studi su natura, spiritualità e scienze operative offerti a Michela Pereira, ed. byC. Panti and N. Polloni (Firenze: SISMEL, 2018), 103-119.

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

Aristotle in Toledo: Gundissalinus, the Arabs, and Gerard of Cremona’s Translations.
In ‘Ex Oriente Lux’. Translating Words, Scripts and Styles in the Medieval Mediterranean Society, ed. by C. Burnett and P. Mantas, Arabica Veritas IV (Córdoba: UCOPress and London: The Warburg Institute, 2016), 147-185.

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Tiziana Suarez-Nani, Agostino Paravicini Bagliani. Eds. Materia: Nouvelles perspectives de recherche dans la pensée et la culture médiévales (XIIe-XVIe siècles). Florence: SISMEL, 2017. ISBN: 9788884508072.
Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval 27/1 (2020), 199-210.
DOI:
10.21071/refime.v27i1.12907

Andreas 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.
DOI:
10.1086/704724

José Martínez Gázquez. The Attitude of the Medieval Latin Translators Towards the Arabic Sciences. Florence: SISMEL, 2016. ISBN: 9788884506948.
Aestimatio 13 (2018): 141-144.

María Jesús 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.

Sarah 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.
DOI:
10.1080/13558358.2015.1215160

FURTHER PUBLICATIONS

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.

ORGANISED SUMMER SCHOOLS

Structuring Nature. An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Summer School.
Summer School, 15 July to 3 August 2019.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and MPIWG Berlin. Organisers Nicholas Aubin, Vincenzo Carlotta, Mattia Cipriani, Katja Krause, and Nicola Polloni.

COURSES AND READING GROUPS

Common Seminar: Research as a Career
Teaching assistant, MA and PhD course (B-KUL-W0R00A).
KU Leuven, Institute of Philosophy. First semester 2020-2021. Course convenors: Karin de Boer and Russell Friedman.

Ancient and Medieval Visions of Light and Colour.
Co-lecturer, MA course.
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 (level: MA and PhD).
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Winter semester 2019.

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 (level: MA and PhD).
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Summer semester 2019.

Reshaping the Tradition: Narratives of Matter in Calcidius and Ibn Gabirol.
Reader, reading group (level: MA and PhD).
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Philosophie, Winter Semester 2019/19.

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.
Teaching assistant,MA module, 2016. Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation. Course convenor: Chiara Crisciani.

History of Medieval Philosophy.
Teaching assistant,BA module, 2015. Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation. Course convenor: Chiara Crisciani.

History of Medieval Philosophy.
Teaching assistant,BA module, 2014. Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation. Course convenor: Chiara Crisciani.

History of Medieval Philosophy.
Teaching assistant, BA module, 2013.Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation. Course convenor: Chiara Crisciani.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH SEMINARS

The Penetration of Arabic Philosophy into the Latin Philosophical Tradition.
Lecturer, Research Seminar, 2017. 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.
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.

A complete list of my talks – including abstracts and different kinds of downloadable materials – is available HERE.

INVITED LECTURES

Fragmentaciones hilemórficas: Rogerio Bacon y el problema de la constitución ontológica del mundo natural.
Lecture. Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (ES), 24 February 2021.

A Matter to Be Grasped: Epistemic Strategies and Ontological Problems about Prime Matter.
Lecture. Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL), 20 September 2019.

Looking into the Unknowable: Premodern Conundrums of Prime Matter.
Lecture. Durham University, Durham (UK), 5 March 2019.

La ciencia de ‘los otros’: peculiares asimilaciones de teorías árabes por la tradición filosófica latina.
Lecture. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 26 January 2017.

Gundissalinus, Avicenna, and the Road to Paris.
Lecture. Marquette University, Milwaukee (WI), 2 November 2016.

Translation and Appropriation: Necromancy, Astrology, Alchemy.
Lecture. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (IN), 31 October 2016.

INVITED TALKS

Hylomorphic Crossroads: Ibn Daud, Gundissalinus, and the Font of Life
Conference: Abraham ibn Daud: historia, filosofía y teología política en Sefarad. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (ES), 9-10 March 2021.

Roger Bacon on the Conceivability of Matter
Conference: 13th -Century English Franciscans. King’s College, London (UK), 25 July 2020.

Richard Rufus on Matter
Round-table discussion with Rega Wood and Neil Lewis. Conference: Virtual Colloquium. Organised by Robert Pasnau with the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies, 25 June 2020.

Dominicus Gundissalinus and the Reception of Arabic Philosophy in the 13th Century.
With Alexander Fidora. Conference: The Intercultural Roots Early Scholasticism: Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin. King’s College, London (UK), 23-24 January 2020.

Shadows of Gundissalinus in the Summa Halensis.
Conference: The Summa Halensis: Philosophy and Reception. University of Oxford, Oxford (UK), 23-25 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. Texas State University and Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 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”, Rome (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.

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, 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.
Conference: Pre-Modern Sciences and Religions. Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), 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 DC, 30 March – 1 April 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), 11 November 2016.

TALKS AT LEADING SCIENTIFIC CONGRESSES

Matter as Epistemic Object: Intellection, Manipulation, and Particularisation in the 13th Century.
2019 Congress of the History of Science Society. University of Utrecht, Utrecht (NL), 23-27 July 2019.

Robert Grosseteste: Patterns of Causality, Matter, Light, and the Divine.
2019 International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds, Leeds (UK), 1-4 July 2019.

From Matter to Materiality: Premodern Quests for Knowing the Principle of Corporeality.
2018 Congress of the History of Science Society. Seattle, (WA), 1-4 November 2018.

Expanding Matter: Cosmologies of Light in Artephius and Grosseteste.
53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (MI), 10-13 May 2018.

Accordance and Strife: Encounters with Modernity at the Beginning of the Thirteenth Century.
2017 ACPA Conference: Philosophy, Faith and Modernity. Dallas (TX), 16-19 November 2017.

Sciences of Matter? Knowledge of the Material Substrate in the two Bacons.
2017 Congress of the History of Science Society. Toronto (ON), 9-12 November 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, Bellaterra (ES), 14-16 November 2016.

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.

CONFERENCE TALKS

Original, First, or Prime: 12th-century Perspectives on Matter, with and without Aristotle.
Conference: Prime Matter: The Ontological Stakes of Physical Endurance. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), 28 February 2020.

Matter, Apprehension, and Metaphysics: Prejudices in Favour of the Actual?
Conference: De intellectu. Greek, Arabic, Latin, and Hebrew Texts and Their Influence on Medieval Philosophy. A Tribute to Rafael Ramón Guerrero. Universidade do Porto, Porto (PT), 6-8 February 2020.

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.

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, Padua (IT), 24-27 May 2017.

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

Last update: April 2021