• 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
Associate Professor
Tel. +39 050 509073

Palazzo Strozzi

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

Stefania Pastore is Associate Professor of Early Modern History at the Scuola Normale SuperioreHer leading interest is the cultural and religious history of late medieval and early modern Iberia, with a particular focus on the relationship between early modern Iberia and Renaissance Italy. She is the author of two books (Il vangelo e la spada. L’Inquisizione di Castiglia e i suoi critici (1460-1598) Rome, 2003) and Un'eresia spagnola: spiritualità conversa, alumbradismo e Inquisizione (1449-1559) Florence, 2004, published in a revised and expanded version in Spanish (Marcial Pons, Madrid 2010).
In numerous articles she has dealt with different subjects ranging from gender history and the relationship between women and power in the early sixteenth century, to urban history, the history of the Company of Jesus, and to the more general issue of the different historical identities of Spain.
More recently, she has devoted much attention to the cultural and political relationship between Renaissance Italy and the multi-cultural Spanish Empire, and to the the exchange and hybridization between these two worlds.
She is editor and co-editor of several books on the Inquisition, on Confraternities, Religious and Cultural History; on Mediterranean Diasporas and Exile and Renaissance Historiography.
She has been awarded Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Davis Center (Princeton), the Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the Newberry Library, Chicago. She have given lectures and seminars at the universities of Yale, Cornell, Columbia Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, São Paulo and many other European  Institutions. Prior to coming to Scuola Normale Superiore, she taught Spanish Literature, History and Culture at the University of Rome-La Sapienza.

PhD Tutoring at the SNS

PhD Michele Lodone. Invisibili frati minori. Profezia, Chiesa ed esperienza interiore tra Quattro e Cinquecento, Invisibles Frères Mineurs. Prophétie, Église et expérience intérieure entre Xve et XVie siècle, dir. S. Pastore, S. Piron, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa / EHESS, Paris, 2016.
Jury: Jacques Chiffoleau, Cécile Caby, Maria Rosa Dessì, Carlo Ginzburg, Gian Luca Potestà.

In progress

PhD Cristina Setti, IV: Percorsi veneziani d'oltremare: epifanie, contraddizioni e costruzione dello «stato» nell'attività e nelle testimonianze dei Sindici Inquisitori in Levante (1557-1639). Venetian paths overseas: epiphanies, contradictions and construction of the "state" in the policy of the Sindici Inquisitori of the Levant (1557-1639)
PhD Marco Iacovella, IV: La coscienza e l'onore. Ercole e Ferrante Gonzaga al servizio di Carlo V tra Mantova, Roma e l'Impero. Conscience and Honour: Ercole and Ferrante Gonzaga Supporters of Charles V between Mantua, Rome and the Empire
PhD Gloria Vezzosi, IV: Bibbia e Censura nella Spagna del Cinquecento. Censorship and Bible in Sixteenth Century Spain.
PhD Umberto Cecchinato, III: Festa, musica e interazione sociale nella Repubblica di Venezia nel Rinascimento. Feast, Music-making and Social Interaction in Renaissance Venice
PhD Laura Biggi, III: Immagini miracolose sotto processo. Miraculous images under trial. Italian episcopal inquisitiones of XVIth century
PhD Chen Dong, III: The Paradigm of Witchcraft and the Chinese tradition
PhD Ingeborg Van Vugt, II: Exploring networks of confidentiality and secrecy in early modern transconfessional correspondences
PhD Marco Volpato, II: Le dieci Tribù Perdute d'Israele e l'origine degli amerindi tra Cinque e Seicento. The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel and the Origin of the American Indians in XVI and XVII Centuries
PhD Teresa Bernardi, II: Migrazioni e mobilità urbana nella Repubblica di Venezia (sec. XVI-XVII). Donne in movimento tra confini fisici, sociali e culturali.
Re-defining Identities in Urban Spaces. Women's Mobility and Migration in the Republic of Venice (XVI-XVII centuries)
PhD Victor Couto-Tiribás I: António Vieira and Menasseh ben Israel: Messianism, trading and slaves between Brazil and the Italian Peninsula.
PhD Marco Giuliani, I: La ricezione di Cesare Baronio nell’Europa confessionale.
PhD David Sebastiani, I: Segni di ipocrisia. Persecuzione, dissimulazione e forme di espressione tra Spagna e Italia nel XVI secolo. Signs of Hypocrisy. Persecution, Dissimulation and Forms of Expression Between Spain and Italy in the XVI Century.