• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Irish Society, History & Culture:100 years after 1916

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 to Friday, 14 October 2016
European University Institute – Scuola Normale Superiore – Università di Firenze/Dipartimento di Lingue, Lettere e Studi interculturali , Florence, Italy

Organizing committee

Dr. Lorenzo Bosi (Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore),

Prof. Fiorenzo Fantaccini (Dipartimento di Lingue, Università di Firenze),

Mr. Dieter Reinisch (Department of History & Civilization, European University Institute),

Call for papers

“Has the Rising of 1916 an enduring significance for Ireland [...]?  [Is it] still relevant to the very different Ireland of today – and, if so, what is its relevance?” With these words in 2001, Garrett Fitzgerald interrogated the impact of the defining moment of the Easter Rising on contemporary Ireland. These questions serve as an apt starting point for the “Irish Society, History and Culture: 100 years after 1916” conference. Our aim is not limited to assessing the significance of the Rising; exploring, evaluating and interpreting the impact and the consequences of the 1916 experience. Rather, we seek to investigate the last century of Irish history, society and culture in the late 20th and early 21st century through the lens of the Rising. Paper submissions with an Irish dimension are invited on substantial, original and unpublished research in the fields of

  • History and Society
  • Cultural Studies, Literature and Linguistics
  • Political and Social Sciences

Submissions must describe substantial, original, and unpublished work. All submissions will be judged on originality, significance, and relevance to the conference. The duration of each paper (regardless of the number of contributors per paper) will be limited to 15-20 minutes. The conference will be conducted in English only. All panel rooms will be equipped with PowerPoint facilities.
Please send an abstract of 250‐300 words, together with biographical background information of 50‐100 words by 31 March 2015 to: 1916conference@eui.eu Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email no later than 1st of May. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 14 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list. Participants in the Conference will be asked to submit a .000-8.000 word paper before 15th of September. The Conference has no fees and will provide coffee/tea breaks and lunches. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. Further information will be made available in due time. However, participants need to secure their own funding to participate in this conference.

The conference aims to bring together distinguished scholars and younger researchers from cultural studies, history, literature, linguistics, political science and sociology. In organising this international conference we seek to contribute to the further development of an international network of scholars working on Irish studies and to promote the publication of outputs such as co-edited books or special issues of international journals. For those speakers interested in such a publication, information will be given by the Organizing Committee during the conference.

The conference will feature keynote speeches from internationally-renowned scholars

Prof. Kieran Allan, UCD
Dr. Seán Crosson, NUIG
Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh, NUIG
Prof. Peter Shirlow, University of Liverpool
Prof. Jennifer Todd, UCD



Events of the conference will be held at Palazzo Strozzi (Firenze, SNS), Villa Schifanoia (San Domenico, EUI, Firenze), (Piazza San Marco, UNIFI, Firenze) Italia.


The program will begin Wednesday, October 12 at 16:00 and conclude at 18:00 on Friday, October 14.


Conference check-in will be held at Palazzo Strozzi from 12:00 on Thursday, October 6.


A dinner and two lunches will be available during the conference. There will be refreshment breaks between sessions.


EUI, SNS and UNIFI offer guests free wireless access.


For questions about paper submissions, please contact 1916conference@eui.eu


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