Curriculum Vitae & Activities

December 2017 – November 2020

Non-tenured Assistant Professor in History of Science, University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy and Communication, ERC Project AlchemEast

October 2012 – November 2017

Assistantship to the Professur für Wissensgeschichte, Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. Markham Geller)

March-June 2012

DAAD scholarship at Hiob Ludolf Center, University of Hamburg (Prof. Alessandro Bausi)

2008-2011

PhD, with the additional qualification of Doctor Europaeus, in Near East and Maghreb: Cultural peculiarities and intercultural relations (University of Naples “L’Orientale”, awarded with a doctoral grant) dissertation title: “Kitāb Manāfiʿ al-Ḥayawān. The Book of useful properties that can be obtained from the Parts of Animals”, supervisors: Prof. Remke Kruk (Leiden) Prof. Giovanni Canova (Naples), defended on 19th April 2012

2006-2008

Graduate: MA in Sciences of Languages, History and Civilizations of Mediterranean and Islamic Countries (University of Naples “L’Orientale”), dissertation title: “Gli uccelli nel Kitāb al-Ḥayawān di al-Ǧāḥiẓ”

2003-2006

Undergraduate: BA in Languages, History and Civilizations of Mediterranean and Islamic Countries (University of Naples “L’Orientale”), dissertation title: “Creature marine immaginarie nella letteratura di mirabilia e di viaggio”

Conferences & Workshops

 Organizer

2019 ― February 28, Bologna (University of Bologna)

“Under a Cabbage Leaf – Stories of Spontaneous Generation”

2019 ―February 27 Bologna (University of Bologna)

“Ex Animalibus – The Usefulness of Animals in Premodern Science” (symposium/book launch)

2019 ― July 8-9, Bologna (University of Bologna)

“Exempla Trahunt – Specimens of Arabic and Syriac Scientific Manuscripts”

2018 ―July 12, Bologna (University of Bologna)

“Traces of Ink ― Experiences of Philology and Replication”

Conference report (COMSt Bulletin 4/2)

Co-organizer

2017 ― September22, Rome (International workshop, British School)

Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology. The textual transmission and interpretation of Galen’s treatise On simple drugs”.

Invited-speaker

2019 ― 2-3 December (University of Leipzig)

Bibliotheca Arabica Project Workshop Marginal Commentaries in Arabic Manuscripts

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Drop a Line between the Lines: Annotations and Commentaries in Arabic Scientific Manuscripts’.

2019― October 31-November 1 (Univesity of Manchester)

Conference Exploring the Syriac Galen Palimpsest

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Galenic Pharmacology as a Source for Abū Bakr al-Rāzī’s Book of Occult Properties (Kitāb al-Ḫawāṣṣ)’.

2019 ‒ June 28-29 (University of Bologna)

First Brill Seminar of the Material and Visual History of Science, ‘Gendered Touch – Women, Men and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern Europe’

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Prolegomena to… Maria the Jewess’s Alchemical Practice in the Renaissance’.

2019 ‒ June 17 (Warburg Institute, London)

ERC Project PhilAnd Workshop, Science and Craft: the relations between the theoretical and practical sides of esoteric disciplines in al-Andalus and their link with craft

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Abu al-ʿAlā ibn Zuhr and the ḫawāṣṣ erudition’.

2018 ― 28-29 June, Hamburg (Hamburg University)

The World of the Physiologus – Animal Stories and Representations in Oriental Manuscripts.

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Goodfeathers: the Amazing Pigeons in the Arabic Animal Lore’

2018 ― June 22, Castellammare (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)

International conference L’officina del lettore; isagogi, compendi, epitomi, scolî vs. commenti,

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Medicine is on the Table! Galen and Ibn al-Bayṭār in Tabular Form’

2018 ― May 31, Bologna (University of Bologna)

Tradizioni manoscritte nelle società musulmane premoderne, participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Philologia arabica more geometrico demonstrata’

2017 ― September 29, Berlin (BBAW)

Psychopharmaka in Ancient Greek Medicine, participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Al-Ǧawbarī: Placebo and Deception in Mamluk Cairo’

2017 ― September 29, Rome (International workshop, British School)

International workshop, Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology. The textual transmission and interpretation of Galen’s treatise On simple drugs

With Matteo Martelli, ‘Galen through the Looking-glass and What We Found There: Experiences from a Graeco-Arabic Textual Laboratory’.

2016 ― November 9-12, Hamburg

Conference at the Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures The Emergence of Multiple Text Manuscripts

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Rolling stones do gather: MS Istanbul Aya Sofya 3610 and its collection of mineralogical texts’.

2016 ― September 26, Hamburg

International Conference COMSt: Looking back — Looking Ahead

Participation as invited speakers together with Matteo Martelli, contribution’s title ‘Stone by Stone: Building the Graeco-Arabic Edition of Galen’s On Simple Drugs (Book 9)’.

2016 ― June 6-7, Berlin

ERC Project BabMed Conference Cultural Systems of Classification: Sickness, Health and Local Biologies. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Medical Cultures in Anthropology and the Historical Sciences

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s titleThe Paradise of Wisdom. Complex Classifications in the First Medical Encyclopaedia in Arabic’.

2016 ― May 19-20, Leiden

International Conference Amulets and Talismans in the Muslim World

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Healing, Protecting, and Conquering: The Talismans of Alexander the Great and Apollonius of Tyana’.

2016 ― May 2-3, Paris

ERC Project SAW Conference Mistakes and the Study of Manuscripts

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title Divinare oportet, non legere. Identification and Interpretation of Errors in Arabic Manuscripts on Natural Sciences’.

2016 ― April 28-May 1, Minneapolis

89th Annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM)

Participation as invited speaker for the panel Describing, Classifying, and Transforming Natural Substances in Ancient Sciences (Session B1), contribution’s title ‘The Kitāb al-Ḫawāṣṣ of Muḥammad ibn Zakariya al-Rāzī’.

2015 ― October 26-27, Berlin (Humboldt Universität)

Conference Galen’s Natural Philosophy

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Mineralogy in Simples II: Arabo-Islamic Reception’.

2015 ― July 15-18, Lisbon

Second CHAM Conference

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Mediaeval Arabic Mineralogy: Galen vs Pseudo-Aristotle’.

2014 ― October 10-11, Berlin (Freie Universität)

Conference Prophets, Viziers and Philosophers: Figures of Wisdom in Arabic Literature

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘How have you learnt about this? Stories of Discovery and Authorship’.

2014 ― July 23 (Warsaw)

RAI BabMed Panel Patients and Patrons, participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title ‘Tricks to Enter the Court: An Early Mediaeval Retrospective on the Image of Power’.

2014 ― May 8-10, Hamburg

SFB 950 Workshop How can Histories of Science contribute to Manuscript Studies or How can Manuscript Studies contribute to the History of Science

Participation as invited, contribution’s title ‘Arabo-Islamic Manuscripts of Science: A Combined Approach to Structures and Contents’.

2013 ― December 17-19, Berlin

Topoi Conference The Enochic Chronotope. Comprehending immaterial causes and Physical Space: an Apocryphal Discourse

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title “Enoch/Idrīs as physician and Scientist in the Arabic sources. The Case of Geomancy and Authorship”.

2012 ― July 9-11, Cambridge

Eight Islamic Manuscript Conference

Participation as invited speaker, contribution’s title: ‘Editing a complex Medical Tradition: the Kitāb Manāfiʾ al-Ḥayawān of ʿĪsā ibn ʿAlī’.

2009 ― November 2-6, Addis Abeba

17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies

Participation as speaker, contribution’s title: ‘Peoples of East Africa in a 9th century Arab writer: al-Ǧāḥiẓ Occurrences of the terms Ḥabaša, Zanǧ, Nūba and Sūdān in al-Ǧāḥiẓ’s Kitāb al-Ḥayawān’.

Lectures

2017 ― April 4 (University of Hyderabad, School of Humanities)

Daisy Picking in the Garden of Wisdom: an Anthology of Arabic Sciences and Medicine.

2016 ― November 15 (BabMed Seminar WS 16/17)

Pigeon Dots, Horse Spots and Twitching Limbs in Medieval Arabic Physiognomy.

2016 ― July 18 (Montagskolloquium des Instituts für klassische Philologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The Book of the Useful Properties Obtained from the Parts of Animals.

2016 ― January 26 (BabMed Seminar WS 15/16, FU Berlin)

Alexander, Išrāsīm, and the Prophets: Authorship and Pseudo-Authorship in Medieval Arabic Medicine.

2015 ― November 9 (Montagskolloquium des Instituts für klassische Philologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The Arabic Tradition of the De simplicium medicamentorum, Book 9.

2013 ― May 25 (Third Dahlem Seminar for the History of Ancient Sciences, FU Berlin)

Common Sense in the Arabic Science of Properties.

2013 ― May 23 (BERGSAS 1. Alt-Seminar, FU Berlin)

Two Odd Cases in the Arabic Manuscript Tradition.

Awards & Fellowships

2017 ― 23 March- 7 April

Erasmus+ Mobility Grant, University of Hyderabad

2016 ―

Frauenfördermittel am Fachbereich Am Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (Freie Universität Berlin) for the project ‘Art&Craft of the Arabic Book’.

2014 ―

Frauenfördermittel am Fachbereich Am Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (Freie Universität Berlin), grant for manuscript research.

2014 ― January 2014

Research grant from the Ernst-Reuter- Stiftung der Freien Universität Berlin.