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Calvo Labarta, M. Emilia
Full-time lecturer
Department of Classical, Romance and Semitic Languages, UB

Is a Senior Lecturer teching Arabic Language and Scientific Thought in Eastern Islam at a graduate level. At a postgraduate level she teaches a course on the transmission processes of Medieval Science, and on Science and Civilisation in the Arabic and Islamic World. She is a member of the “Millàs Vallicrosa” Group for the History of Arabic Science, and her avenues of research include: medieval Arabic astronomcal instruments, science and religion, astronomy and astrology, and scientific lexicography.


Contact address
Departament of Classical, Romance and Semitic Languages, office  P1.22
Faculty of Philology
Historic Building UB
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona
ext. 35704


Research interests
Science and technology in al-Andalus
Theoretical and applied medieval arabic astronomy
Arabic and European astronomical instruments and their connections
Mathematical astrology
Transmission of scientific ideas through Latin translations

Funded research projects
2015-2017 (FFI2014-55537-C3-3-P): “La circulación de los manuscritos científicos árabes y latinos en la Corona de Aragón (ss. XII-XV) y su transmisión a Europa”. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Gobierno de España.

PhD dissertations supervised
Díaz Fajardo, Montserrat (2008)
Tasyir y proyección de rayos en textos astrológicos magrebíes

Main publications (last five years)

Calvo, Emilia (2017) Some Features of the Old Castilian Alfonsine Translation of 'Ali ibn Khalaf's Treatise on the “Lámina Universal”. Medieval Encounters, 23 (1-5): 106-123.

Calvo, Emilia (2016) Al-Damīrī. In: Selin, Helaine (ed) Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Dordrecht, Springer Science, pp. 197-198.

Calvo, Emilia (2014) Ibn Bajjah. In: Kalin, Ibrahim; Ayduz, Salim; Dagli, Caner (eds) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam. Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 308-311.

Calvo, Emilia (2014) Ibn Bāṣo: Abū ҁAlī al-Ḥusayn Ibn Abī Jaҁfar Aḥmad Ibn Yūsuf ibn Bāṣo. In: Hockey, Thomas; Trimble, Virginia; Williams, Thomas R.; Brache, Katherine; Jarrell, Richard A.; Marché II, Jordan D.; Palmeri, Joann; Green, Daniel W.E. (eds)  Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. New York, Springer Science Business Media, pp. 1067-1068.