Winter School

Philosophy and Civic Engagement in the Italian Traditions

Maître de Coetivy, Frontispiece of Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae, Book III, c. 1460, The Wallace Collection CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
12 febbraio 2024
13 febbraio 2024
14 febbraio 2024
15 febbraio 2024
16 febbraio 2024
Novacella Abbey (Via Abbazia 1, 39040 Varna - BZ)
Organizzato da: 
UniTrento in collaboration with KU Leuven and ENS Lyon


The Winter School is a project promoted by UniTrento in partnership with ENS Lyon and KU Leuven and aims to offer a one-week advanced training school focused on the Italian philosophical traditions. The first edition will take place February 12-16, 2024 in Brixen, in the enchanting setting of the Novacella-Abbey . The school is open to master's and doctoral students, as well as early-career researchers in philosophy, history, and literature. Its goal is to gather a community of international students interested in exploring topics related to Italian culture in preparation for their theses, dissertations, or research projects. The school will provide them with lectures and seminar discussions of ongoing projects, led by a group of internationally renowned professors; each day will focus on a chronological period and related authors (see the provisional programme below). After the welcome session on Monday, each morning will feature lectures, while the afternoons will be dedicated to the presentation and the discussion of papers by the participants.


In line with the international nature of the project, classes and presentations can be conducted in English, Italian, French, German, or Spanish. In the case of lectures and presentations in languages other than English, the organization will provide an English translation of the lecture text to be shared with the participants. This is to ensure inclusivity and facilitate the widest possible accessibility to the initiative. Similarly, participants who present their papers in one of the indicated languages other than English are required to provide an English translation of the text to the organization before the start of the school in order to share it with the participants.


The costs - including registration fee, full-board accommodation in single or double rooms, according to availability, and the guided tour of the Abbey - are as follows:

  • Participants from UniTrento, KULeuven or ENS-Lyon: euro 340
  • External participants: euro 420


Participants delivering a paper will receive a certificate of attendance certifying 3 ECTS (or 1 ECTS for participants who will not deliver a paper) at the end of the Winter School, which can be used to get ETCS from their home university. For UniTrento Students, participation in the School can be recognized as credits, thesis points or extra credits, according to the rules of their course.

Application process and requirements:

Candidates may apply online from 01 September to 15 October 2023. Selection results will be published by 20 October 2023. The English and Italian call for applications is available below, in the Download box, and the dossier can be submitted in the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, and German.

Eligible candidates must:

  • be regularly enrolled in a Master or PhD programme or having completed it over the last 18 months;
  • have a good knowledge of the English language.

The registration deadline has been extended to October 31st.


The 12-th-cent. Augustinian monastery of Novacella is located in South Tyrol, in the middle of the Alps. Travel advice & tips to discover the region will be given on our website in due time. In the meantime, visit

Provisional Programme

Monday 12.02: Welcome session



  • Jean-Claude Zancarini (ENS Lyon), Opening lecture

Tuesday 13.02: Session 1, Middle Ages



  • Lidia Lanza (Lisboa), Aristotle in the Italian medieval thought
  • Claudio Giunta (Trento), Dante


Students’ panel (e.g. on Dante Alighieri, Marsilio da Padova, Tommaso d’Aquino, Leon Battista Alberti,...)

Wednesday 14.02: Session 2, Early Modern Period (XVI-XVII century)



  • tbc, Machiavelli
  • Sandra Plastina (Calabria), Women philosophers in the Italian Renaissance


Students’ panel (e.g. on Niccolò Machiavelli, Isotta Nogarola, Arcangela Tarabotti, Giordano Bruno, Giovanni Botero, Tommaso Campanella, Francesco Guicciardini, Galileo Galilei, ...)

Thursday 15.02: Session 3, Late Modern Period (XVIII-XIX century)



  • Pierre Girard (Lyon), Vico
  • Christiane Liermann (Villa Vigoni), Rosmini


Students’ panel (e.g. on Giambattista Vico, Antonio Rosmini, Laura Bassi, Cesare Beccaria, Vincenzo Gioberti, Giuseppe Mazzini, ...)

Friday 16.02: Session 4, Modern Era (XX century)



  • Romain Descendre (Lyon), Gramsci


Students’ panel (e.g. on Antonio Gramsci, Primo Levi, Amelia Rosselli, Anna Kuliscioff, Carla Lonzi, Benedetto Croce, Giovanni Gentile, Piero Martinetti, ...)

Organising Committee: Romain Descendre (ENS-Lyon), Michele Nicoletti (UniTrento), Andrea Robiglio (KULeuven), Alessandro Palazzo (UniTrento), Tiziana Faitini (UniTrento)

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