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SYROS, Vasileios


SYROS, Vasileios


Associate Professor, University of Jyväskylä
Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
(2018–19 Theme: “Sephardic Identities, Medieval and Early Modern”)


Ph.D. in Medieval and Modern History

Academic Employment

2017/18  Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Visiting Professor Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
2014-18  Project Leader, Academy of Finland project “Political Power in the Early Modern  European and Islamic Worlds
2012-17  Senior Research Fellow (Akatemiatutkija), Academy of Finland
2006-11  Senior Fellow, Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change   Academy of Finland
2010-11  Martin Marty Center Senior Fellow, The University of Chicago
The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, Divinity School
2008-10  Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Thought, The University of Chicago Joint appointment, The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought & The Colleg
2006-08  Junior Research Fellow (Tutkijatohtori), Academy of Finland
2007-08  Chercheur invité, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)Centre Jean Pépin (UPR 76),
research team “Philosophie arabe: innovations, héritages grec et syriaque, postérité latine” (Villejuif, Paris)
2007-08  Maître de conférences invité, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
2006-07  Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Visiting Fellow in Jewish Studies
Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2005  Swedish Institute Research Fellow , Institute for the History of Ideas and Theory of Science, University of Göteborg (Sweden)
2004  George L. Mosse Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Wisconsin–Madison
2003-04  Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Neo-Latin, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)


Organic Metaphors in Early Islamic, Byzantine, and European Political Thought


Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual History; History of Political Thought (Christian, Islamic, Jewish); Comparative Political Theory; History and Theories of Leadership; History of Science

  1. Marsilius of Padua at the Intersection of Ancient and Medieval Traditions of Political Thought (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
  2.  (ed.) Well Begun is Only Half Done: Tracing Aristotle’s Political Ideas in Medieval Arabic, Syriac, Byzantine, and Jewish Sources (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 2011).
  3. Die Rezeption der aristotelischen politischen Philosophie bei Marsilius von Padua: Eine Untersuchung zur ersten Diktion des Defensor pacis (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2007).
  4. “‘Soft’ and ‘Hard’ Power in Islamic Political Advice Literature,” in Violence in Islamic Thought, vol. 2: From the Mongols to European Imperialism, ed. Robert Gleave and István Kristó-Nagy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018), 165–92.
  5. “Galenic Medicine and Social Stability in Early Modern Florence and the Islamic Empires,” Journal of Early Modern History 17:2 (2013): 161–213.

  • Fellowship, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
    (Theme: “Sephardic Identities, Medieval and Early Modern”) Winter 2019
  • Senior Fellowship, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies
    University of Hamburg, Spring 2019
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Scientific Exchanges Grant;
    Project title: “The Value of Comparison: Global History and Comparative Political Theory” Fall 2018
  • Descartes Senior Research Fellowship, Utrecht University
    Descartes Centre for the History & Philosophy of the Sciences & the Humanities, Fall 2018
  • Project leader, Academy of Finland project
    “Political Power in the Early Modern European and Islamic Worlds”, 2014–2018
  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh/Caledonian Research Fund
    European Visiting Research Fellowship Winter 2018
  • The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America Fellowship Fall 2017
    Columbia University, Fall 2017
  • Maurice Amado Foundation Fellow
    Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2017
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Visitor’s Travel Grant
    Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, Spring 2016
  • Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellowship
    Stanley J. Seeger ‘52 Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, Spring 2015
  • Erik Allardt Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ), Spring 2013
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers 2012–13
  • Distinguished Guest Fellow Spring 2012
    Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2012
  • Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies Summer 2008
    Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Research Grant, Maurice Amado Foundation
    Research Fund in Sephardic Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for research at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University  2004
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