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Curriculum Vitae

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Anna SOMFAI

Senior Research Fellow
 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Doctoral degree and field

1994-1998
PhD degree (1998), University of Cambridge, medieval intellectual history, medieval philosophy, codicology. Title of dissertation: The Transmission and Reception of Plato’s Timaeus and Calcidius’sCommentary during the Carolingian Renaissance


Education

1991/1992
MPhil degree (1992), University of Cambridge, medieval history, medieval political philosophy. Title of dissertation: The Organic Analogy: A Comparison of its Secular with its Ecclesiastical Use in Twelfth-Century Europe, with Special Reference to John of Salisbury

1985 – 1991
Diploma (1991), Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, classics, history. Title of dissertation: De nugis curialium et vestigiis philosophorum: The Balance of Historical Reality and Classical Tradition in the Political Theory of John of Salisbury (in Hungarian)

1989/1990
University of California, at Berkeley, Medieval Studies interdisciplinary program


Teaching experience

2009
Summer School in Manuscript Studies (Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, University of London), ‘Dialogue between Text and Image in Encyclopaedic, Philosophical and Scientific Manuscripts’(June 2009)

Guest lecturer, Department of Cognitive Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, 'Introduction to cognitive science'

2006
Summer School in Manuscript Studies (Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, University of London), ‘Dialogue between Text and Image in Encyclopaedic and Philosophical Manuscripts’

2003/2004
Guest lecturer, Department of Medieval European History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, ‘Intellectual currents in ninth- to twelfth-century Western-Europe’

1996/1997
University of Cambridge, Medieval palaeography and diplomatic course for MPhil and PhD students

1995/1996
University of Cambridge, Medieval palaeography course for MPhil and PhD students

1994/1995
University of Cambridge, Medieval palaeography course for MPhil and PhD students

1993/1994
Guest Lecturer, Department of Medieval European History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, ‘Intellectual history of eleventh- and twelfth-century Western-Europe’

1992/1993
Guest Lecturer, Department of Medieval European History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, ‘The twelfth-century renaissance’

at CEU
2008/2009
Visiting Professor, 'Medieval Codicology' & 'Medieval Science' & 'Latin palaeography"

2007/2008
Visiting Professor, 'Medieval Codicology' & 'Medieval Science'

2006/2007
Visiting Professor, 'Medieval Codicology' & 'Medieval Science'

2005/2006
Visiting Professor, 'Medieval Codicology'

2003/2004
Visiting Professor, ‘Reading Latin Philosophical Texts’; ‘Textual Research Method’

1993/1994
Visiting Professor, ‘Semantic Issues in Medieval Latin’


Previous positions

2006/2007
Research Fellow, Collegium Budapest

January – March 2005
Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (invited by Prof Lorraine Daston)

October 2001 – September 2004
Research Assistant, The Warburg Institute, University of London, ‘The British Medieval Manuscripts Containing Commentaries on Aristotle’ Project, British Academy

October 1999 – September 2001
Frances A. Yates Long-term Research Fellow, The Warburg Institute, University of London

October 1998 – September 1999
Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Assistant Editor of the ‘Electronic Thorndike and Kibre Database Catalogue of Medieval Scientific Manuscripts’

1992/1993
Postgraduate Scholar of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Academic functions

2005 – 2006
Consultant for the medieval philosophical and scientific manuscripts on the Cambridge Illuminated Manuscript Project, University of Cambridge

2000/2001
Organiser of the Postgraduate Seminar, The Warburg Institute, University of London

2000
Co-organiser with Prof. Charles Burnett of the ‘Philosophia: Shifts in the Content and Method Between the Eleventh and Thirteenth Centuries’ workshop held at the Warburg Institute, University of London

1993
Secretary of the Association of Hungarian Medievalists


Fellowships and Scholarships

2006-2007
Research Fellowship, Collegium Budapest

2005
British Academy, Neil Ker Memorial Fund Grant

2005
Visiting Scholarship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

1999 – 2001
Frances A. Yates Long-term Research Fellowship, The Warburg Institute, University of London

1998
Saxl Fellowship, The Warburg Institute, University of London

1997
Grant of the British Federation of Women Graduates

1996
Grant of the European Science Foundation

1995/1996
Jebb Fund Grant
Le Bas Research Studentship

1994 – 1996
Scholarship of the Cambridge Overseas Trust
ORS Award
Annual bursary of the Royal Historical Society

1993
Award of the Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médiéval

1992/1993
Postgraduate Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1991/1992
Scholarship of the Soros Foundation and the Cambridge Overseas Trust


Conference papers and public lectures

2009
‘Visual mental representation in medieval philosophical and scientific manuscripts’, ‘Perception and Mental Representation’ Conference, Pázmány Péter University, Budapest, 24 April 2009.

2008
‘Cognitive science: an introduction’, Department of Cognitive Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Budapest, 2 December 2008.

‘Visual thinking: cognitive processes behind the parchment folio’, Institute of Psychology, Budapest, 19 November 2008.

‘Verba volant scirpta manent: the changing character of manuscripts in the diverse networks of learning (Latin West, 1000-1200)’ at the ‘Charismatic Authority, Spiritual Friendship. Comparative approaches to networks of learning, Byzantine East and Latin West, c. 1000-1200’ workshop, Central European University, Budapest, 30-31 May 2008.

2007
‘Plato’s Timaeus and the Latin tradition of diagrammatic reasoning’, Hellenic Colloquia, Centre for Hellenic Traditions, Central European University, Budapest, 28 February 2007

‘Creative copying or scientific imaging? Visual thinking and the case study of medieval manuscripts’, Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, 29 March 2007

‘Medieval manuscripts and the Western tradition of visualising concepts’, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 3 April 2007

2005
‘Medieval Philosophical and Scientific Manuscripts: Physical Evidence and Intellectual Context’, seminar given for the Illuminated Manuscript Project at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, 27 May 2005

2004
‘Choice and choices in Calcidius’s Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus’, at the ‘Calcidius et le Timée: état de la question’ colloquium at the CNRS Paris, 13-14 May 2004

2002
‘Calcidius’s Latin Commentary to Plato’s Timaeus and its place in the commentary tradition’ at the ‘Philosophy, Science and Exegesis in the Greek, Arabic and Latin Commentary Tradition. International Conference Studying the Origins, Methods and Continuity of the Commentary from the Derveni papyrus to Averroes and beyond in honour of R. R. K. Sorabji’, London, 27-29 June 2002

2001
‘Early medieval readings (9th to 12th centuries) of Plato’s Timaeus and Calcidius’s Commentary (ca. AD 400)’, 14 May 2001 at the ‘Plato’s Timaeus and the commentary tradition’ seminar series at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London

‘The Brussels gloss: a tenth-century mathematical reading of Calcidius’s Commentary (ca. 400 AD) to Plato’s Timaeus’, 20-21 April 2001 at the ‘Writing in the margin: a context for the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity to the Renaissance’, colloquium at the Warburg Institute, University of London

‘Calcidius’s Commentary to Plato’s Timaeus (ca. AD 400)’, 19 February 2001 at the ‘Plato’s Timaeus and the commentary tradition’ seminar series at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London

2000
‘Changing methods of reading and glossing Calcidius’s Commentary during the early eleventh to twelfth centuries’ at the ‘Philosophia: Shifts in the Content and Method Between the Eleventh and Thirteenth Centuries’ workshop held at the Warburg Institute, University of London (organised by Prof. Charles Burnett and myself), 1 December 2000

‘Reading Plato’s Timaeus and Calcidius’s Commentary: Visual and Verbal Annotations in Early Medieval Manuscripts’, Public lecture at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto, 3 March 2000.

1998
‘Reading Plato’s Timaeus and Calcidius’s Commentary in the eleventh century’ at the Third International Medieval Latin Congress, ‘The Eleventh Century’, Cambridge 9-12 September 1998

1996
‘The Early Medieval Transmission and Reception of Plato’s Timaeus’ at the meeting of ‘The Transformation of the Roman World’ project of the European Science Foundation, Rome 12-16 September 1996

1995
‘Reading Plato’s Timaeus in the ninth century’ at the ‘Workshop on Carolingian Culture’, organised by the Faculty of History and the Faculty of Music, Cambridge, 25 May 1995

1993
‘The Organic Analogy in Medieval Western Europe’ at the ‘Conference on Symbolism’ held at the Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 28 April 1993

Furor Teutonicus and Flagellum Dei: Ethnic Stereotypes and Politics in the Middle of the Twelfth Century’ at the ‘Workshop and Conference on Ethnicity Concepts and Conflicts in Medieval Central Europe’, 23-27 April 1993, organised by the Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University


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