• 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 three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi 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 Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities 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 Institute of Humanities 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. 


Palazzo Strozzi

Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE


Arianna Mainardi is a Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, involved in the project “MAKERS -Movements as knowledge producers in the digital age”. She investigates movements as spaces for knowledge production and learning and the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) within collective action dynamics.
She holds a PhD in Information Society at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca. She has published on political activism and gender issues, girls’ digital culture, youth and digital media consumption.

Most recent publications

  1. Mainardi A., 2016, «Who is my profile picture? A reflection on gender and agency in the (dis) embodied engagement with digital media», in David S. (eds), Streaming Egos. Digital Identities, pp.126-128, Goethe-Institut : Paris.
  2. Mainardi A., 2015, «Le adolescenti e le perfomance di genere online: oltre il panico morale», in Bartholini I. (eds), Violenza di genere e percorsi mediterranei. Voci, saperi e uscite, pp. 209-218, Guerini Editori : Milano.
  3. Cossutta C. e Mainardi A., 2015, «La Jeune Fille può partecipare? Una riflessione attorno al genere come dimensione dell'agire politico tra le ragazze dei movimenti sociali», in Magaraggia S. e Vingelli G. (eds), Genere e partecipazione politica, pp. 49-60, Franco Angeli : Milano.  
  4. Mainardi, A., Mangiatordi, A., Micheli, M., & Scenini, F., 2013, «Gender differences in online consumption and content production among Italian undergraduate students», Cultura e comunicazione, 2013(3), 39-53

Relevant previous projects

  • Knowledge Production and Dissemination within the ICTs for gender movement (Scuola Normale Superiore)
  • Communicating scientific research and public engagement  (University of Verona)
  • Gender performance and digital technologies: in-depth analysis of the online and offline subjectivities in the postfeminist new media context  (PhD research Project, Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca)


Gender&tech; body&sexuality; digital culture; social research methods; political participation.