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Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist

Professor

Philosophy and Philology
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Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
J572
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist

I specialize in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, in particular in the reception of Aristotle’s logic in Late Antiquity and the Medieval West. Since 2013, I also work on natural philosophy.

Since 2016, I am Professor of Latin, University of Gothenburg.

Background

I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Gothenburg in 2001 with a critical edition of Boethius’ De syllogismo categorico. Between 2004 and 2007, I held a position as post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Gothenburg, funded by the Swedish Research Council and worked mainly on a critical edition and commentary on Boethius’ other monograph on the categorical syllogism, commonly known under the title Introductio ad syllogismos categoricos. Both editions appeared in 2008.

For 2008–2009, I was granted further funding by the Swedish Research Council to produce a critical edition of a large fragment of the earliest known Latin commentary on the Prior Analytics, the ‘Anonymus Aurelianensis III’ (MS Orléans, Bibliothèque municipale, 283, 12th c.). The edition appeared with Brill Publishers in 2015.

2009–2011, I was coordinator of the Scandinavian research network The Aristotelian Tradition: The Reception of Aristotle’s Works on Logic and Metaphysics in the Middle Ages which was funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond.

From 2009 to 2011, the network gradually expanded and developed into Representation and Reality: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition, a research programme on the Medieval reception of Aristotle’s Parva naturalia in the Greek, Latin and Byzantine traditions, funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond by SEK 32 700 000 and lead my me 2013–2019.

During 2019–2024, I am project leader of the research project Filling the Gap: Medieval Aristotelian Logic 1240–1360. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council by SEK 17 800 000. It is a collaboration between Laurent Cesalli, Université de Gèneve, Leone Gazziero, Université de Lille, and myself. Three postdocs will be recruited and hired during the project, one at each of the three universities involved in the collaboration. My own main contribution to the project will be a critical edition of Simon of Faversham’s (†1306) quaestiones on the Prior Analytics which is now in progress.

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I have taught the History of Philosophy and Classical Philology regularly at the University of Gothenburg since 1998. In collaboration with Filip Radovic, Associate Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, GU, I initiated and developed the BA programme in Liberal Arts which was launched at the University of Gothenburg in 2011. In collaboration with colleagues at the department, I have more recently developed an international MA programme in The History of Philosophy and Classical Philology (2016–) and a PhD programme within the same field (2019–).

In addition to teaching and research, I have held a number of administrative positions. I was Vice Dean for education at the Faculty of Arts 2011–2013 and Head of Department for the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science 2014–2016.

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Other Positions and Tasks

Editor of Vivarium (Brill)

Member of the Editorial Board of Methodos

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Faculty of Arts, Helsinki University (2021–)

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External Grants Received

  • 2002–2005: Swedish Research Council: Four-year externally funded position as postdoctorate research fellow: Critical edition of Boethius Introductio ad syllogismos categoricos
  • 2008–2009: Swedish Research Council: Individual research grant: Critical Edition of ‘Anonymus Aurelianensis III’
  • 2009–2011 Bank of Sweden Tercentennary Foundation: Research network grant: The Medieval Reception of Aristotle’s Logic and Metaphysics
  • 2011–2012: Bank of Sweden Tercentennary Foundation: Planning grant
  • 2013–2019: Bank of Sweden Tercentennary Foundation: Research programme: Representation and Reality: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition
  • 2019–2022: (project leader together with David Bloch) Bank of Sweden Tercentennary Foundation: Research initiation grant: Translation as Research
  • 2019–2024: Swedish Research Council: Filling the Gap: Medieval Aristotelian Logic 1240–1360 in collaboration with University of Lille and University of Geneva