Deadline: 30 January 2023

Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo (hereinafter “Fondazione 1563”) has since 2013 supported research and advanced training in the field of the humanities.

Fondazione 1563 is now pleased to launch the third call for applications to award up to 4 two-year fellowships for advanced studies on Slavery, ethnicity and race in the Mediterranean. Ideas and attitudes from Homer to Columbus.

The Director of Studies for this programme (2023-2025) will be Nino Luraghi, Wykeham Professor of Ancient (Greek) History in the University of Oxford.

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Applicants are invited to submit research projects of a maximum of 3000 words, plus bibliography. Projects are expected to engage with one or more aspects of the general research framework Slavery, ethnicity and race in the Mediterranean. Ideas and attitudes from Homer to Columbus.

Candidates are invited to propose projects dealing with any aspect of the cultural implications and consequences of enslavement for ideas and concepts of otherness, seen in terms that may be more easily categorized as racial or as ethnic depending on the discursive context. The broader objective of the project is not so much to shed new light on enslavement as a social phenomenon, but rather on the entanglement of slavery with intellectual and cultural aspects of the historical configurations in which it appeared. Dealing with a sensitive subject with obvious and important resonances in the present, the project aims to provide a space for open-minded and respectful debate.

Details of the research framework can be found here.

In addition to the research proposal, applicants must submit their Curriculum vitae et studiorum and:

  • an article-length piece of writing, published or unpublished, which demonstrates innovative thinking (written in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish) and
  • the contact information of two scholars familiar with the applicant’s work and willing to act as their referees (one of whom can be their PhD supervisor); only the referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Fondazione 1563.

Successful candidates will carry out their individual research projects under the supervision of the Director of Studies. They will also collaborate to the organization of activities such as seminars, conferences, exhibitions and summer schools, during which they will be invited to share their research projects with a wider community of academics as well as students and the general public.

Find the full call and more information on the application here:,149