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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Irene Calà (* 1979), born in Italy, graduated in Classics at the University of Palermo in 2008, specializing in Greek Paleography and Byzantine Philology. She concluded her PhD in “Bisanzio ed Eurasia” in 2012 at Bologna University with a dissertation entitled “Per l’edizione del primo dei Libri medicinales di Aezio Amideno”.

She is an Associate member of Laboratoire Médecine grecque”, UMR 8167 “Orient et Méditerranée”- Université Paris IV and Member of the Research Group “Interpreters of Medicine”, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha.

In October 2012 she began a collaboration with the Project “Episteme in Bewegung” of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, under the direction of Philip van der Eijk.

From January 2015 to October 2016 she was Research Associate at CNRS (Paris) in the project ERC ‘Floriental’ under the direction of Dr. Robert Hawley.

From December 2016 she has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin-Max Planck Institut with the project ‘Bleeding for Health. Galen's Views on Phlebotomy and Their Reception in Medical Works of Late Antiquity’, under the direction of Philip van der Eijk.

 

Research Interests

 

  • Galen: ‘On Simples drugs’, ‘On the Properties of Foodstuffs’ and treatises on Venesection.
  • Aetius Amidenus: Philology, Manuscript tradition, Editions and Commentaries in the Renaissance.
  • Byzantine Medical Encyclopaedias.

 

Conferences

 

  • 26 September 2016: International Conference ‘Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: Looking back-Looking ahead’, Hamburg. Paper: ‘The Syriac Manuscript BL Add 14661 and the Greek Text of Galen’s Simples’ (with Robert Hawley).
  • 15-16 September 2016: Colloque international ‘Médecine et christianisme: sources et pratiques’, Université Paris-Sorbonne. Paper: ‘Saints et évêques dans les Libri medicinales d’Aetius d’Amida’.
  • 30 May 2016: Montagscolloquium at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Paper: ‚From Galen to Hunayn: Heritage of greek Dietetics in arabic world’.
  • 27 May 2016: Workshop ‘Early Byzantine Encyclopaedias of Medicine: Problems and Perspectives’, Berlin. Paper: ‘Further Fragments of Herophileans in the medical encyclopaedia of Aetius Amidenus’.
  • 30 April 2016: Conference ‘Revealing Galen's Simples’, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Paper: ‘The Textual Interest of the Syriac Versions of Galen's Simples’ (with Robert Hawley and Jimmy Daccache).
  • 10-11 December 2015: Convegno Internazionale Interdisciplinare ‘Il regime di Salute’, Torino. Paper: ‘Due esempi di regime alimentare in Dieuche e Mnesiteo’ (with Anna Monte).
  • 1-3 October 2015: III Seminario Internacional de Investigación sobre Textos Médicos Grecolatinos ‘Las traducciones médicas en la Edad Media y el Renacimiento’, Albacete-Toledo. Paper: ‘La gravidanza e il parto nei testi medici della Tarda Antichità’.
  • 16 July 2015: II CHAM International Conference ‘Knowledge transfer and cultural exchanges’, Lisbon. Paper: ‘The therapeutic use of mineral amulets in medical works of Late Antiquity’.
  • 28 May 2015: Journée d’étude ‘La faim et la famine dans l’Antiquité. Aspects sociaux, médicaux et religieux’, Paris. Paper: ‘La faim dans les encyclopédies médicales de l’Antiquité tardive: Oribase et Aétius d’Amida’ (with Serena Buzzi).
  • 12 March 2015: Colloque international ‘Poux, puces et punaises: La vermine de l’homme’, Saint Quentin en Yvelines-Paris-Nanterre. Paper: ‘La vermine de l’homme dans les ‘Libri medicinales’ d’Aétius d’Amida’.
  • 13 February 2015: Reunion équipe ‘Mondes sémitiques’ UMR 8167-CNRS (Paris). Paper: ‘Les simples et le regime. L’héritage grec dans les oeuvres de Sergios de Resh’ayna et de Hunayn Ibn Ishaq’.
  • 12 December 2014: II Seminario internacional de investigation ‘Textos Médicos Grecolatinos: perspectivas de edicion y studio de escritos medievales y renacentistas’, Albacete. Paper: ‘Pratiche terapeutiche nelle enciclopedie mediche bizantine: Medicina, Magia e Cristianesimo’.
  • 28 October 2014: Conference ‘Female bodies and femal practitioners in the medical tradition of the late antique Mediterranean world’, Berlin. Paper: ‘Gynaecology in the medical encyclopaedias of the late antiquity: The sixteen book of Aetius of Amida’.
  • 17 October 2014: Colloque ‘L’argents des Dieux’, Paris. Paper: ‘Réduire l’argent en fumée. Encens et fumigations entre religion et médicine dans la Mediterranée de l’Antiquité tardive’.
  • 8 July 2014: International Medieval Congress, Leeds. Paper: ‘Saint Blaise from Sebaste between Medicine and Christianity’.
  • 2 June 2014: Montagscolloquium at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Paper: ‚The Medical Encyclopaedias of Late Antiquity and Christianity. The Libri medicinales of Aetius Amidenus’.
  • December 2013: Workshop ‘Late Antique-Early Byzantine Pharmacology and its Reception in the Talmud Tradition’, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Paper: ‚The cosmetic recipes in the medical encyclopaedias of Oribasius and Aetius Amidenus’ (with Serena Buzzi).
  • 11-13 June 2013: VII Convegno Internazionale di Ecdotica dei testi medici, Procida.  Paper: ‘Le pillole di camomilla di Nechepso in Aezio e Metrodora’.
  • 31 May-1 June 2012: V Seminario Internazionale sulla tradizione indiretta dei testi medici: ‘Le traduzioni latine di Galeno. Dalle fonti alla ricezione’, Sirolo. Paper: ‘Theodoricus Gerardus Gaudanus traduttore di Galeno’.
  • 9-10 July 2011: ‘Alte Medizin’, Mainz.  Paper: ‘La fortuna dei Libri medicinales di Aezio Amideno nell’Europa rinascimentale: le Annotationes di Cristobal de Horozco’.

 

Publications

Articles

  • ‘Transliteration versus translation of Greek plant names in the Syriac medical writings of Sergius of Res ‘Ayna’ (with Robert Hawley), in M. Martelli (ed.), Aramaic Studies (forthcoming).
  • ‘La gravidanza e il parto nei testi medici della Tarda Antichità’, Proceedings of III Seminario Internacional de Investigación sobre Textos Médicos Grecolatinos (forthcoming).
  • ‘La faim dans les encyclopédies médicales de l’Antiquité tardive: Oribase et Aétius d’Amida’ (with Serena Buzzi) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Gynaecology in the medical encyclopaedias of the late antiquity: The sixteen book of Aetius of Amida’,  Proceedings of Conference ‘Female bodies and femal practitioners in the medical tradition of the late antique Mediterranean world’ (forthcoming).
  • ‘Réduire l’argent en fumée. Encens et fumigations entre religion et médicine dans la Mediterranée de l’Antiquité tardive’, Proceedings of Colloque ‘L’argents des Dieux’ (forthcoming).
  • ‚The cosmetic recipes in the medical encyclopaedias of Oribasius and Aetius Amidenus’ (with Serena Buzzi), (forthcoming).
  • ‘Le pillole di camomilla di Nechepso in Aezio e Metrodora’, Proceedings of VII Convegno Internazionale di Ecdotica dei testi medici (Procida, June 2013) (forthcoming).
  • ‘The Therapeutic Use of Mineral Amulets in Medical Works of Late Antiquity’, in Pegasus 59 (2016), pp. 23-29.
  • ‘La vermine de l’homme dans les Libri medicinales d’Aétius d’Amida’, in F. Collard-E. Samama (eds.) Poux, puces et punaises: La vermine de l’homme. Découverte, descriptions et traitements. Antiquité, Moyen Age, époque moderne, Paris, 2015, pp. 145-150.
  • ‘Theodoricus Gerardus Gaudanus traduttore di Galeno’, in Medicina nei secoli 25/3 (2013), pp. 1105-1116.
  • ‘Il medico Andreas nei ‘Libri medicinales’ di Aezio Amideno’, in Galenos 6 (2012), pp. 53-64.
  • ‘La fortuna dei ‘Libri medicinales’ di Aezio Amideno nell’Europa rinascimentale: le Annotationes di Cristobal de Horozco’, in Les Etudes Classiques 80 (2012), pp. 187-205.

 

Reviews

  • Review of Alessandra Foscati, Ignis sacer. Una storia culturale del fuoco sacro dall’antichità al Settecento, Firenze: Sismel Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2013, in ‘Lettre d’informations Médecine antique et médiévale’, 2013.
  • Review of Laurence Totelin, Hippocratic Recipes. Oral and written transmission of pharmacological knowledge in fifth- and fourth-century Greece, Leiden: Brill, 2009, in ‘Early Science and Medicine’ 18/3 (2013), pp. 306-308.

 

Work in press

  • Review of M. Horstmanshoff, H. King, C. Zittel (eds.), Blood, sweat and tears. The changing concepts of Physiology from Antiquity into Early Modern Europe, Leiden: Brill, 2012, in ‘Early Science and Medicine’