• 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. 


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50123, FIRENZE


Lorenzo Zamponi is a research fellow in sociology and political science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in the Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali (Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences) in Florence, where he is part of the COSMOS (Centre on Social Movement Studies) research team. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (2015, with a thesis on the relationship between memory and social movements), under the supervision of Donatella Della Porta, and a master in Communication from the University of Padova (2008, with a thesis on the evolution of the memory of the foibe in the Italian media). He has conducted a research project on the political participation of Italian students funded by the National Youth Forum. He has worked for three years in Italian team of the the LIVEWHAT project (“Living with Hard Times – Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crises”), on the citizens’ responses to the economic crisis, coordinated by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva) and funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. Between 2016 and 2017 he has been in charge of the Italian case in the project “Collective action and the refugee crisis” at the Scuola Normale Superiore. His research interests include memory, contentious politics and media analysis.

5 Most recent publications:

  1. Zamponi, L. and Fernández González, J. (2017) Dissenting Youth: How Student and Youth Struggles Helped Shape Anti-Austerity Mobilisations in Southern Europe. Social Movement Studies 16(1), pp.64-81.
  2. Zamponi, L. and Bosi, L. (2016) Which Crisis? European Crisis and National Contexts in Public Discourse. Politics & Policy 44(3), pp.400-426.
  3. Bosi, L. and Zamponi, L. (2015) Direct Social Actions and Economic Crises: The relationship between forms of action and socio-economic context in Italy. Partecipazione e Conflitto 8(2), pp.367-391.
  4. Zamponi, L. (2015) Remembering Violence: Four Cases of Contentious Memory in the Italian and Spanish Student Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. In: Bosi, L., Ó Dochartaigh, N., Pisioiu, D. (eds.) Political Violence in Context. Colchester: ECPR Press, pp.89-114.
  5. Zamponi, L. and Vogiatzoglou, M. (2015) Organising workers’ counter-power in Italy and Greece. In: Buxton, N. and Bélanger Dumontier, M. (eds.) State of Power 2015. Amsterdam: Transnational Institute.

Relevant previous projects:

  • “Collective action and the refugee crisis”, directed by Donatella della Porta at the Scuola Normale Superiore.
  • LIVEWHAT project (“Living with Hard Times – How Citizens React to Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences”), on the citizens’ responses to the economic crisis, coordinated by Marco Giugni (University of Geneva) and funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.
  • “Memory in Action: Mediatised Public Memory and the Symbolic Construction of Conflict in Student Movements” (Ph.D. thesis, supervised by Donatella della Porta at the European University Institute).
  • “National report on students” (“Rapporto Nazionale sui soggetti in formazione”), commissioned by the Italian National Youth Forum (“Forum Nazionale dei Giovani”), c/o Office of the Prime Minister, Department of Youth (“Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento della Gioventù”).


social movements; memory; media analysis; comparative politics; qualitative interviews.