Dr Nicola Polloni

Last update August 2020

1. ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

1.1 OVERVIEW

My academic career has been carved out at top-tier institutions in Europe and the US and marked by wide collaborative networks, high-level publications, and dedication to outreach programmes. The main theme of my research is hylomorphism, the theory claiming that every corporeal thing is made of matter and form. My research dissects hylomorphism and analyses how philosophical and scientific tensions arose following the application of this explanatory device in metaphysics and natural science, on the one hand, and in different cultural and linguistic contexts, on the other. My attention is predominantly focused on the period between 350 – 1650 CE, although my interests exceed it both temporarily (toward Ancient and Late-Antique philosophy) and geographically (toward Chinese and Indian philosophy). My teaching is grounded on the disciplinary inductive approach used in the field yet shaped by a unique intertwining of active learning techniques, multiplicity of means of engagement, expression, and assessment (UDL principles), and backward design. I am also co-editor of Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval and secretary of the Roger Bacon Research Society.

1.2 EDUCATION

2015Ph.D. in Philosophy, Università di Pavia (IT).
International Cotutelle with Barcelona. Dissertation: “Divergent Ontologies: A Study of Gundissalinus’s Metaphysical Syncretism.” Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Defence: 9 November 2015. Final note: Excellent.  
2015Ph.D. in Cultures in Contact in the Mediterranean (Medieval Philology), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES).
International Cotutelle with Pavia. Dissertation: “Divergent Ontologies: A Study of Gundissalinus’s Metaphysical Syncretism.” Supervisors: Alexander Fidora and Chiara Crisciani. Defence: 9 November 2015. Final note: Excellent cum laude.  
2012MA in Philosophy, Università di Siena (IT).
Thesis: ‘Il De processione mundi di Gundissalinus: un’ontologia dell’essere possibile.’ Supervisor: Michela Pereira.  Defence: 18 April 2012. Final note: 110/110 cum laude.
2008BA in Philosophy, Università di Siena (IT).
Thesis: ‘Quid deinde Esau? Peccato originale, grazia e libertà in Agostino di Ippona.’ Defence: 10 June 2008. Supervisor: Paola Bernardini.

1.3 PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2020-2023*Senior Research Fellow, KU Leuven.
Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), 1 Oct 2020 – 30 Sept 2023. Mentor: Russell Friedman.
2018-presentAlexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE), 1 Sept 2018 – 30 Nov 2020. Host: Dominik Perler.
2016-2018Junior Research Fellow, Durham University.
Department of History and Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University (UK), 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018. Mentor: Giles Gasper.
2016Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pavia.
Department of Humanities, Università di Pavia (IT). 1 Jan – 30 June 2016. Mentor: Chiara Crisciani.
2015SIEPM Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame.
Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (USA), 1 Feb – 31 May 2015. Mentor: John Van Engen.

1.4 LICENCES AND CERTIFICATIONS

2020Certification as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Spain.
Issued by Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y la Acreditación (ANECA), n. 2020-3399, Profesor Ayudante Doctor en Filosofía (365), 21 July 2020.
2020Higher Education Teaching Certificate, Harvard University.
Issued by Harvard University (USA), Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, 24 August 2020.

1.5 ACADEMIC VISITING

2020Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford
Oxford (UK), Jan-April 2020.
2019Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Berlin (DE), Oct-Dec 2019.
2014The Warburg Institute, University of London
London (UK), July-Sept 2014.
2013The Warburg Institute, University of London
London (UK), July-Aug 2013.

1.6 GRANTS

2020FWO Senior Research Grant
Awarded by the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO) for the project “The Shadow within Nature.”
2018Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Grant
Awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung for the project “Knowing the Shadow.”
2016Postdoctoral Grant
Awarded by “Chimaera Foundation – Centro studi di Filosofia Medievale Maria Elena Reina” for the research project “The Toledan School of Translators.”
2015SIEPM Research Grant
Awarded by the University of Notre Dame and Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM) for the research project “Gundissalinus’s Reception of Universal Hylomorphism.”
2012Doctoral Grant
Awarded by Università di Pavia (IT) for three years. Competitive grant.

1.7 AWARDS AND HONOURS

since 2019Honorary Fellow
Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cordoba (ES).
since 2013Honorary Fellow
Department of Humanities, University of Pavia (IT).
2018Seal 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).

1.8 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2020*Communicating for Impact and Influence
Course, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), July-September 2020.
2020Higher Education Teaching
Course, Harvard University, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, May-July 2020. Final note: 98.9.
2017Academic Impact: Bibliometrics & Altmetrics
Training session, Durham University, CAROD, February 2017.
2016Data Protection
Training session, Durham University, CAROD, November 2016.

2. RESEARCH FRAMEWORK

2.1 FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

2020-2023The Shadow Within Nature: Epistemology and Ontology of Prime Matter in the Late Middle Ages (1250-1430)
Implementation: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), October 2020 to September 2023. Sponsor: Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO).
2018-2020Knowing the Shadow: Ontology and Epistemology of Matter in the 13th Century.
Implementation: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE), September 2018 to September 2020. Sponsor: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.  
2016-2018The 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.  
2016The Toledan School of Translators and Avicenna’s Influence on Latin Philosophy.
Implementation: Università di Pavia (IT), January to June 2016. Sponsor: Fondazione Chimaera– Centro Studi di Filosofia Medievale ‘Maria Elena Reina’.  
2015Gundissalinus’s Reception of Universal Hylomorphism.
Implementation: University of Notre Dame (IN, USA), February to May 2015. Sponsor: University of Notre Dame and SIEPM.

2.2 MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES

since 2020Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group.
Member of the Executive Commitee of the research group since August 2020.
since 2020Research Programme of the Chair of Medieval Philosophy.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the research programme in medieval philosophy. Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires (AR).
2020-20218th Congress of Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME): De cognitione.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the congress organised by SOFIME and University of Porto. Porto (PT), 6-8 September 2021.  
2020Greek-Hebrew-Arabic into Latin: The Sources of Early Scholasticism.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the conference organised by King’s College London. London (UK), 23-24 January 2020.  
2019The 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.  
since 2018Cordoba Near Eastern Research Unit.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the research team at the University of Cordoba, Cordoba (ES).
2018Science, 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.

2.3 MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETIES

since 2020Roger Bacon Research Society (RBRS), secretary (since 2020).
since 2019British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS), member.
since 2017History of Science Society (HSS), member.
since 2017American Cusanus Society (ACS), member.
since 2015Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP), member.
since 2013Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM), member.
since 2013Società Italiana per lo Studio del Pensiero Medievale (SISPM), member.
since 2012Sociedad de Filosofía Medieval (SOFIME), member.
since 2012International Robert Grosseteste Society, member.

3.4 MEMBERSHIP OF RESEARCH PROJECTS AND TEAMS

2020-presentDominicus Gundissalinus Working Group.
Research Group, Autonomous University of Barcelona (ES).
2019-presentGreek-Arabic and Latin Biblical and Patristic Manuscripts.
Research Project, University of Cordoba (ES). Funding Entity: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, ref.  IPGC2018-096807-B-I00
2018-presentAristotelica Portugalensia. The Reception of Aristotle in Portugal until the 18th Century.
Research Project, University of Porto (PT).
2018-presentReason, Politics and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy.
Research Project, University of Porto (PT).
2016-presentAquinas and ‘the Arabs’ International Working Group.
Research Group, Marquette University (USA).
2016-presentRoger Bacon: The Philosopher’s Workshop.
Research Group, SISMEL, Florence (IT).
2016-presentDB Roger Bacon.
Research Group, Autonomous University of Barcelona (ES).
2016-present  Spatio Serti. Grupo de estudos em medievalística
Research Group, Universidade de Pernambuco/Petrolina (BR).
2016-2020The Ordered Universe.
Research Project, Durham University and University of Oxford (UK). Funding Entity: Arts and Humanities Research Council.
2016-2018Hermeneutica Patrística y Medieval: Unity and Plurality of the Logos in the World
Research Project, University of Navarra (ES). Funding Entity: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, ref. FFI2015-63947-P.

3. SCIENTIFIC OUTPUTS

3.1 PUBLICATIONS

 PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

2020*Early Robert Grosseteste on Matter.
Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, forthcoming.
2020*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.
2020A Matter of Philosophers and Spheres. Medieval Glosses on Artephius’s Key of Wisdom.
Ambix 67/2 (2020): 135-152.
2019Gundissalinus on the Angelic Creation of the Human Soul. A Peculiar Example of Philosophical Appropriation.
Oriens 47/3-4 (2019): 313–347.
2017Gundissalinus and Avicenna: Some Remarks on an Intricate Philosophical Connection.
Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 28 (2017): 515-552.
2016Gundissalinus on Necessary Being: Textual and Doctrinal Alterations in the Exposition of Avicenna’s Metaphysics.
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 26/1 (2016): 129-160.
2016Gundissalinus’s Application of al-Farabi’s Metaphysical Programme. A Case of Epistemological Transfer.
Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge, vol. 1 (2016): 69-106.
2015Thierry of Chartres and Gundissalinus on Spiritual Substance: The Problem of Hylomorphic Composition.
Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale 57 (2015): 35-57.
2015Elementi per una biografia di Dominicus Gundisalvi.
Archives d’Histoire Doctrinale et Littèraire du Moyen Âge 82 (2015): 7-22.
2013Il De processione mundi di Gundissalinus: prospettive per un’analisi genetico-dottrinale.
Annali di Studi Umanistici 1 (2013): 25-38.

 BOOKS

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

 EDITED VOLUMES

2021*Fragmented Nature: Conceptions of the Natural Order in the European Middle Ages.
Edited by M. Cipriani and N. Polloni. Contract with Routledge. Expected publication: 2021.
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.
2020*Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophy and Its Impact in the Middle Ages.
Edited by N. Polloni, M. Benedetto, and F. Dal Bo. Preliminary agreement with Brepols. Expected publication: 2020.
2018Vedere 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.
2017Appropriation, 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.

 BOOK CHAPTERS

2020*Roger Bacon on the Conceivability Matter.
In N. Polloni and Y. Kedar (eds.), Roger Bacon and Medieval Science and Philosophy. Studies in Honour of Jeremiah Hackett. Forthcoming.
2020*Misinterpreting Ibn Gabirol? Questions, Doubts, and Remarks on the Latin Translation of the Fons vitae.
In N. Polloni, M. Benedetto, and F. Dal Bo (eds.), Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophy and Its Impact in the Middle Ages. Forthcoming.
2020*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.
2019The 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.
2019The 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.
2018Nature, 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.
2018The 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.
2018L’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, 2018, 103-119.
2017Toledan 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.
2016Aristotle in Toledo: Gundissalinus, the Arabs, and Gerard of Cremona’s Translations.
In 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.
2015Natura 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.

 BOOK REVIEWS

2020Tiziana 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.
2019Andreas 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.
2018José Martínez Gázquez. The Attitude of the Medieval Latin Translators Towards the Arabic Sciences. Florence: SISMEL, 2016. ISBN: 9788884506948.
Aestimatio 13 (2018): 141-144.
2016María 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.
2015Sarah 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.

3.2 ORGANISED SCIENTIFIC EVENTS

2020Nature and Emergence: A Research Reading Group on Samuel Alexander.
Research reading group. Organised with D. Dold. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Max-Planck-Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Summer semester 2020.
2020Prime Matter: The Ontological Stakes of Physical Endurance.
Conference. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), 28 February 2020.
2020De 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.
2019Medieval Philosophical Gatherings (Wintersemester 2019).
Weekly colloquium in Ancient, Medieval, and Early-Modern Philosophy. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), Oct-Dec 2019.
2019Matters Entagled. An Early-Career Symposium on History and Philosophy.
Symposium. Organised with E. Baltuta. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), 12 July 2019.
2019Medieval Philosophical Gatherings (Sommersemester 2019).
Weekly colloquium in Ancient, Medieval, and Early-Modern Philosophy. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin (DE), Apr-July 2019.
2017Pre-Modern Experiences and the Limits of Science.
Panel. 2017 Meeting of the History of Science Society. Toronto, ON (Canada), 9-12 November 2017.
2017Translating Experience: Medieval Encounters with Nature, Self, and God.
Conference. Organised with K. Krause. Durham University. Durham (UK), 4-6 June 2017.
2016Da 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.
2014Idee, testi e autori arabi ed ebraici e la loro ricezione latina.
Conference. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 3-4 December 2014. 
2013Pensare 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.

3.3 LECTURES AND TALKS

 INVITED LECTURES

2019A Matter to Be Grasped: Epistemic Strategies and Ontological Problems about Prime Matter.
Lecture. Radboud University, Nijmegen (NL), 20 September 2019.
2019Looking into the Unknowable: Premodern Conundrums of Prime Matter.
Lecture. Durham University, Durham (UK), 5 March 2019.
2017La ciencia de ‘los otros’: peculiares asimilaciones de teorías árabes por la tradición filosófica latina.
Lecture. Universidad de Córdoba, Cordoba (ES), 26 January 2017.
2019  Gundissalinus, Avicenna, and the Road to Paris.
Lecture. Marquette University, Milwaukee (WI), 2 November 2016.
2019Translation and Appropriation: Necromancy, Astrology, Alchemy.
Lecture. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (IN), 31 October 2016.

 INVITED TALKS

2020Roger Bacon on the Conceivability of Matter
Conference: 13th -Century English Franciscans. King’s College, London (UK), 25 July 2020.
2020Richard 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.
2020Dominicus 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.
2019Shadows of Gundissalinus in the Summa Halensis.
Conference: The Summa Halensis: Philosophy and Reception. University of Oxford, Oxford (UK), 23-25 September 2019.
2019Experiencing 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.  
2019Movements, 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.
2019Marginal 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.
2019Le 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.
2019Premodern 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.
2019Inside 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.
2018Knowing 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.
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.
2018Nicholas 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.
2018Arabic 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.
2018Chaos 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.
2018Domingo 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.
2017Traducción 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.
2017Matter of Change: Philosophical Claims and Religious Concerns on the Substrate.
Conference: Pre-Modern Sciences and Religions. Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), 6 November 2017.
2017Effectus, 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.
2017Contrasting 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.
2016Dominicus 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

2019Matter 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.
2019Robert Grosseteste: Patterns of Causality, Matter, Light, and the Divine.
2019 International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds, Leeds (UK), 1-4 July 2019.
2018From 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.
2018Expanding Matter: Cosmologies of Light in Artephius and Grosseteste.
53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (MI), 10-13 May 2018.
2017Accordance 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.
2017Sciences 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.
2016Gundisalvo, 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.
2013Natura 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

2020Original, 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.
2020Matter, 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.
2018Avicennian Cosmologies? Remarks on Grosseteste and ‘the Arabs’.
2018 Aquinas and the Arabs Annual Fall Workshop. Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City (MX), 23-25 September 2018.
2017Indeed, 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.
2017I 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.
2016Aristotele a Toledo.
Conference: Da Stagira a Parigi: prospettive aristoteliche tra Antichità e Medioevo. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 30-31 May 2016.
2016Entre 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.
2014Possibilità 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.
2014Les sources néoplatoniciennes arabes de la cosmologie de Gundissalinus.
Conference: Métaphysique et cosmologie médiévales. Héritages philosophiques du Livres des causes. Dijon (FR), 16 September 2014.
2013Toledo, crocevia di culture: il caso del movimento di traduzione.
Conference: Cantieri d’Autunno 2013. Università di Pavia, Pavia (IT), 13-16 October 2013.
2013Gundissalinus 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.

4. TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 4.1 ORGANISED SUMMER SCHOOLS

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

 4.2 COURSES AND READING GROUPS

2019Ancient 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.
2019Scattered 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.
2019Mobilising 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.
2019Structures 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.
2018Reshaping 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.
2018The 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.
2016History of Science.
Teaching assistant,MA module, 2016. Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.
2015History of Medieval Philosophy.
Teaching assistant,BA module, 2015. Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.
2014History of Medieval Philosophy.
Teaching assistant,BA module, 2014. Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.
2013History of Medieval Philosophy.
Teaching assistant, BA module, 2013. Università di Pavia. Responsibilities included lecture and seminar teaching, guiding and mentoring students, and evaluation.

 4.3 SEMINARS

2017The 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.
2016The Mediterranean Sea as Space of Philosophical Dissemination.
Lecturer,MA seminar, 2016. Università di Pavia, Spring semester 2016. Responsibility for lecture and seminar teaching.
2014Neoplatonism and Aristotelianism in the Middle Ages: Perspectives and Problems.
Lecturer, BA seminar, 2014. Università di Pavia. Responsibility for lecture and seminar teaching.

 4.4 ACADEMIC TEACHING PROGRAMMES

2019The 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.
2019The 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.

 4.5 SUPERVISION OF FINAL YEAR PROJECTS AND DISSERTATIONS

2016Dante, 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.

5. OUTREACH

5.1 SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING

2018-presentCo-Editor, Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval.
Journal Editors: Alexander Fidora, Pedro Mantas España, and Nicola Polloni.
2011-presentEditorial collaborator, Medioevo Latino/MEL.
SISMEL, Florence (IT).

5.2 INTERDISCIPLINARY OUTREACH

since 2019Co-Founder, The Extensions Project.
Founders: Nicola Polloni, Tom Lancaster, Rosie Reed Gold, and Joshua Harvey (https://extensionsofreality.com/)

5.3 COMMUNICATION AND MANAGEMENT

since 2017Editor, Iberica Philosophica Mediaevalia
Newsletter: https://sofime.eu/ibericaphilosophica/  
since 2016Webmaster of the following websites, societies, and research groups:
Potestas Essendi (https://potestas-essendi.com/)
SOFIME (https://sofime.eu/)
RBRS (https://rogerbaconresearchsociety.wordpress.com/)
Gundissalinus Website (http://pagines.uab.cat/gundisalvi/)
Roger Bacon Workshop (https://rogeriusbacon.wordpress.com/)