• 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. 

PASTORE Stefania
Stefania PASTORE
Adjoint Professor
Tel. +39 050 509073

Palazzo Strozzi

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

I obtained my M.A degree (laurea) in Philosophy and my Ph.D. in Early Modern History at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (1997 and 2002 respectively). I have held Fellowships at the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence; the Complutense University of Madrid; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Fondazione Firpo of Turin; the Centro di Alti Studi in Scienze Religiose of Piacenza; and the Istituto di Scienze Umane of Florence. I have given lectures and seminars at the Autonoma University of Barcelona, the Autonoma University of Madrid, the Scuola Normale Superiore, the University of Pisa, and at the Faculty of Modern History of the University of Rome-La Sapienza (Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia). From 2004 to 2007 I taught Spanish Literature, History and Culture) at the University of Rome-La Sapienza (Facoltà di Scienze Umanistiche). I have participated in and contributed to several international conferences and I have collaborated with a number of national and international research projects (MIUR- PRIN). I am presently a member of the editorial board of the Dizionario dell'Inquisizione, a four-volume, international multi-authored work directed by Adriano Prosperi and John Tedeschi, and I am in charge of editing the entries for Spain. I also presently coordinate the projects "Rome and the Iberian Peninsula in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: Politics, Culture and Religion" and "Cultural Encounters, Conflicts and Hybridization in the 'Iberian Globalization' of the Sixteenth Century" at the Scuola Normale Superiore. Most recently I have organized, in collaboration with the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología (CSIC) and the Spanish Embassy to Italy, the International Seminar "Only One Law Should Exist: Toward a New History of Minorities in the Iberian World" held December 15-16 2008 in Pisa, and which featured the participation of Mercedes García-Arenal, Giuseppe Marcocci, Natalia Muchnik, David Nirenberg, Felipe Pereda, Adriano Prosperi, Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, François Soyer, Stuart Schwartz, and Maria Antonietta Visceglia.