• 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. 

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Carolina PINI
Ph.D Student
Renaissance Studies

YEAR OF ENROLLMENT

2015

SHORT BIO

I am a PhD researcher in Renaissance Studies at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, focused on literature, language, culture and history of Florence at 15th and 16th century, with a special emphasis on the relationship between literature and visual arts. Under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Torre and Prof. Dr. Florian Mehltretter, I am currently working on a project exploring the work “Le vite d’artisti” of Giovan Battista Gelli, a Florentine writer with an artisan background. The central question concerns the possibility of recognizing a systematic program in Gelli’s works, or, at least, the persistence of some thematic items, both in Gelli’s original works as well as in the work “Le vite” of Vasari.

Before joining the SNS, I worked as teacher for Italian language and literature at the University Ludwig-Maximilians in Munich, I have written many articles for Italians journals (“La Gazzetta dello Sport”, “Il Corriere della Sera”, “Il Messaggero”) and I have translated articles and poetry works from German to Italian and vice versa. I hold a BA degree in “Italian Philology” (a work about Girolamo Savonarola) and a MA degree in “Italian Studies” (Sandro Penna and his poetry) from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. I also hold the certificates “Ditals I” and “Ditals II”, specialized certificates providing advanced extracurricular courses in teaching of the Italian language.

RESEARCH INTERESTS/TOPIC OF PHD PROJECT (up to 5 keywords)

Renaissance Studies, Florentine Renaissance, Iconography and History of Art, Literature, Italian Poetry.