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Dragos Calma

Associate Professor
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BIO

Specialised in the history of medieval philosophy, I am particularly interested in theories pertaining to metaphysics and theories of soul in the 13th-16th centuries. One of the aims of my research consists in enlarging our knowledge of the Western thought by unearthing, editing and analysing previously unknown philosophical texts preserved in medieval manuscripts. I studied philosophy at the University "Babes-Bolyai" in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (BA in 2001), at the École normale supérieure, Paris (2001-2003), at the University Panthéone-Sorbonne (MA in 2002) and University of Sorbonne (MPhil in 2003, PhD in 2008). I held research fellowships at the University of Sorbonne (the Fritz Thyssen Foundation), the Warburg Institute (the A.W. Mellon Foundation), the University of Bonn (the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) and the University of Cambridge (the British Academy and the Royal Society). Since 2011, my studies focus mainly on the reception of Proclus' metaphysics in the Latin West. On this topic I directed major research grants awarded by the Romanian National Council at the University "Babes-Bolyai" (2011-2016) and the French National Research Agency at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (2013-2017). At University College Dublin, I direct an ERC Consolidator Grant project (2018-2023) on Neoplatonism and Abrahamic Traditions. Its aim is to build upon the preliminary achievements of the previous projects, to deepen and integrate them into a much wider and systematic investigation of the Neoplatonic legacy in which the Western tradition is only a part of a global history of knowledge. For my work I was awarded the Friederich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2018).

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Professor
    UCD School of Philosophy, Ireland1 Apr 2018

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Newton International Research Fellow
    University of Cambridge, Faculty of Philosophy, Cambridge, UK1 Mar 2016 - 30 Jun 2018
  • College Research Associate
    Clare College Cambridge, Cambridge, UK1 Mar 2016 - 30 Sep 2018
  • Research Fellow
    École Pratique des Hautes Études / CNRS, Department of Religious Sciences / LEM UMR8584, Paris, France1 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2017
  • Affiliated Lecturer
    University of Sorbonne, Faculty of Philosophy, Paris, France1 Oct 2015 - 29 Feb 2016
  • Lecturer
    Centre for Christian Orthodox Studies "Dumitru Staniloae", Philosophy, Paris, France1 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
  • "Alexander von Humboldt" Research Fellow
    University of Bonn, Faculty of Philosophy - Chair of Medieval Philosophy, Bonn, Germany1 Oct 2010 - 30 Jun 2012
  • "Fritz Thyssen Foundation" Research Fellow
    University of Sorbonne, Faculty of Philosophy, Paris, France1 Oct 2008 - 31 Jul 2009
  • "Fritz Thyssen Foundation" Research Fellow
    University of Sorbonne, Faculty of Philosophy, Paris, France1 Oct 2005 - 31 Jul 2007
  • Affiliated Lecturer
    École normale supérieure, Paris, France1 Oct 2003 - 31 Jul 2005

NON-ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Librarian
    École normale supérieure, Paris, France1 Oct 2003 - 30 Jun 2005

DEGREES

  • PhD
    Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV

LANGUAGES

  • French
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Italian
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • German
    Can read, speak and understand
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read and peer review
  • Latin
    Can read and write