• 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. 

Stimilli Elettra
Elettra Stimilli
Research Fellow

Palazzo Strozzi

Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali
Piazza degli Strozzi, 1
50123, FIRENZE

Elettra Stimilli is currently researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. She received her PhD in philosophy at the University of Salerno in 1999. She has been postdoctoral researcher at the same University in the period 2000-2014. From 2013 she is Associate Member of the “Centre de Normes Juridiques 'Yan Thomas'” of the “École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales” in Paris. She has been a visiting professor at various research institutes abroad: the “Jan van Eyck Academie" in Maastricht; the University of Oxford; the Institute of Philosophy (IFDT) of the University of Belgrade; and the “School of Humanities and Social Sciences” of the University of Saint Gallen. She was part of the editorial board of the journal “Forme di vita”, directed by Paolo Virno. Currently she directs the editorial series “Filosofia e Politica” by the publishing house Quodlibet and she is part of the editorial board of the journal “LINKS: Zeitschrift für deutsche Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft”. She is author of numerous essays that focus on the relationship between politics and religion, with particular attention to the contemporary thought. In 2011 she published Il debito del vivente. Ascesi e capitalismo (which won a major italian award - “Premio Feronia” 2013 – and which will be published in English at Suny Press of New York  in 2015). She also published the only existing monography on Jacob Taubes: Jacob Taubes. Sovranità e tempo messianico (2004). She translated into Italian and edited  many works of this author, in particular Jacob Taubes, Il prezzo del messianesimo. Lettere di Jacob Taubes a Gershom Scholem e altri scritti, Quodlibet, Macerata 2000, of which she has also edited the German edition: Jacob Taubes, Der Preis des Messianismus: Briefe von Jacob Taubes an Gershom Scholem und andere Materialen, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2006. In 2015 she wrote the book Debito e colpa (Ediesse).