Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM)

Italian Institute of Human Sciences
RectorAldo Schiavone
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The Italian Institute of Human Sciences (Italian: Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane), often shortened to SUM, is an Italian public university dedicated to post-graduate formation and high level research in human and social sciences. It promotes Doctoral, Post-Doctoral and Master programmes in collaboration with other Italian and European universities.

It is constituted by five schools and institutes within the universities of Florence, Bologna, Rome - La Sapienza, Milan - Bicocca, Siena, Naples - Federico II, Naples - Eastern and Naples - Suor Orsola Benincasa.

In association with the Central European University (CEU), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, it has established the European Doctoral School for the Human and Social Sciences.

It has cooperation and co-tutorship agreements with the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the École Pratique des Hautes Études, the New York University and the Georgetown University.


Palazzo Strozzi, seat of the institute in Florence
Palazzo Cavalcanti, seat of the institute in Naples

PhD Programmes

  • Political Science
  • History of Ideas, Philosophy and Science
  • Ethics and History of Philosophy
  • Anthropology, History and Philosophy of Culture
  • Law and Economy
  • Theoretical and Political Philosophy
  • Philology, history of the Italian language and literature
  • Juridical Science and Theory of the Law
  • Philosophy of History
  • European literature and culture
  • Semiotics
  • Europe and the invention of modernity
  • Studies over the visible representation: history, theory and production of arts and images
  • Sociology
  • History of the International Relations
  • Contemporary History
  • Ancient, Medieval and Enlightenment Studies
  • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Geopolitics and culture of the Mediterranean
  • Linguistics and history of the linguistic thought
  • Contemporary History and Society
  • Universalization of the juridical systems: history and theory

European PhD programmes

  • History


  • Europe and the invention of modernity
  • Comparative history of knowledge
  • The Classic tradition and its mediations in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim worlds
  • Social Science


  • Europe in the context of globalization
  • The social and political bases of Europe
  • The social sciences of religions

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