The Villa Maraini, home of the Istituto Svizzero in Rome, hosts a dozen young Swiss residents each year, comprising six researchers and six artists. The residents of the Roma Calling programme are provided with rooms and places to work. The midday meal is eaten together in order to help foster a particular atmosphere of emulation and synergy between science and art involving all of the occupants.

The various residency opportunities include:

Roma Calling

Milano Calling

Palermo Calling

Summer School

Senior Fellowship

Roma Calling

The Istituto Svizzero issues a new call each year for twelve ten-month residencies running from September to July.
The Roma Calling residencies are for artists (visual arts, design, architecture, literature, dance, theatre and music) and researchers (social, human and natural sciences).
Starting from the academic year 2021/2022, Istituto Svizzero introduces a new five month Roma Calling residency programme, for two researchers who present a project with strong links to the city of Rome and whose research may take place over a shorter period.

In addition to their personal research projects, residents are required to take part in the Institute’s transdisciplinary project. The programme, of about twenty days distributed throughout the year, is defined by the management in relation to the residents selected and their interests. It consists of events, study trips, workshops which include the participation and contribution of established researchers and artists.
This multidisciplinary programme makes it possible to develop ongoing research and networks, and to foster new and active exchange between scientific and artistic disciplines.

The call is addressed to Swiss citizens and residents as well as figures who have established solid relations with the Swiss scientific and cultural scene.
Candidates are required to present a personal research project that would necessitate or benefit from a stay in Rome and fit into a project of interdisciplinary collaboration between art and science.

Deadline: 1 February 2021

Conditions for participation, accommodation and financing

Selection process
Applications should be completed on our website no later than 1 February 2021.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in March 2021.


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NEW Roma Calling 2020/2021

  • Aleña, Camille (Visual arts) Camille Aleña (1986, Fribourg) studied at the ECAL and at the University of Art and Design in Basel and obtained an MA from the Royal College of Art in London. She creates new links between art, music, and the history of forms and media, exploring diverse strategies and approaches such as documentary, narrative, performance, and object making. She exposed in Bern, Paris, Berlin among others. In Rome she will work on the relationship between humans, and on the limit between intimacy and formality: she will apply this gaze to the figure of the tourist guide.
  • Bovet, Roxane & Mudry, Yoan (Visual arts) Roxane Bovet (1986, Geneva) is a curator, author and publisher. In her curatorial practice she creates spaces for dialogue: physical, virtual, literary, geographical, textual or imaginary ones. She tries to bring objects, people, concepts together, in order to reflect on the world. She co-founded éditions Clinamen in 2013. Yoan Mudry (1990, Lausanne) obtained an MA at the HEAD – University of Art and Design in Geneva in 2014. His practice is multidisciplinary and questions the mechanisms of circulation of images, narratives, and information in the contemporary world. His practice has led to several publications, and his works have been exhibited around Europe.Together they co-managed two contemporary art spaces in Geneva. In Rome, they will work on the project “Vogliamo tutto”, which must be nourished by a series of encounters and visits specifically linked to the capital.
  • Düblin, Patrick (Art history and landscape architecture) Patrick Düblin (1986, Basel) studied Art History and Philosophy in Basel and Berlin. He was a research assistant to the director of the Kunstmuseum Basel. Since 2016 he has been teaching and researching at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) at ETH Zurich. He is interested in the intersections between art, architecture, landscape, and urbanism. In Rome he will continue his dissertation on the artists and architects group Stalker, whose practice is rooted in the spatial and social particularities of contemporary Rome.
  • Howald, Mathias (Writing) Mathias Howald (1979, Lausanne) obtained an MA in Literature from the University of Lausanne in 2004. He is an awarded writer who held readings in Geneva and Lausanne, and he is a founding member of the collective of writers Caractères mobiles, with whom he published Au village (2019). In Rome he will focus on two complementary projects: a residency journal and his second novel, based on the spread of HIV in Swiss cities and in Europe.
  • Panzica, Aurora (Medieval philosophy) Aurora Panzica (1991, Trapani) is a historian of philosophy, she studied at the University of Trento, and at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Currently she is working on the reception of Aristotle’s Meteorologica into Middle-Ages universities. After focusing her research on the continental tradition in France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, she is currently working on the reception of the essay in Italian universities. In Rome she will analyze the manuscripts conserved into Italian libraries.
  • PRICE (Performance, theatre) PRICE (Mathias Ringgenberg) (1986, Rio de Janeiro) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam before receiving an MA Performing Arts and Theater from Hochschule der Künste Bern in 2015. For PRICE, performance provides a necessary corrective, at a moment when the Internet has enhanced the cultural dominance of the image, now more easily produced and disseminated than ever before. The artist’s body not only acts as a crucial point of orientation for navigating the practice, but also reminds of the material register crucial to identity, emotion, and communication. In Rome he will consider both Rome and Istituto Svizzero as potential stages.
  • Rolle, Alessandra (Greek and Latin philology) Alessandra Rolle (1982, Florence) received her PhD in Latin Literature from the University of Florence in 2011. She was a postdoc researcher at the University of Lausanne, and she worked in Pisa, London andToronto as well. She is currently Maître Assistant at the University of Lausanne and she is author of various publications. In Rome she is conducting a research project that consists in the production of an annotated edition of the surviving fragments of Varro’s Antiquitates rerum divinarum.
  • Scotto, Giulia (Urban studies) Giulia Scotto (1985, Turin) obtained an MA in Architecture of the City at the University of Venice in 2011. She worked as an architect, urban planner, and researcher in Zurich and in Rotterdam, as well as a consultant for urban and territorial projects. Since 2017 she has been a research assistant at the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Basel. In Rome she will work on her doctoral thesis on the architecture and infrastructure of ENI in sub-Saharan Africa and on a documentary on the Agip Motel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Strazzeri, Victor (Political science) Victor Strazzeri (1985, São Paulo) has a BA in Social Sciences from the Pontifical University of São Paulo and an MA in Social Work from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He completed a PhD in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2017. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Historical Institute of the University of Bern, where he is now an associated researcher. In Rome he will investigate the dialog between communists and feminists in 1970s Italy.
  • Tedder, Geraldine (Curating) Geraldine Tedder (1986, Zurich) is a curator and art critic. In her curatorial practice, Tedder focusses on more fleeting exhibition formats, on the continuation of themes through various media, and on collaborating with others. She is interested in experimenting with more poetic, embodied language, in finding new metaphors for theoretical complexes, in mixing genres such as autobiography and theory – approaches that are frequently aligned with feminist and/or queer practices. In Rome she will work on a collection of short texts, all of which connect to the city and/or Italy in different ways.
  • Tomiyasu, Hayahisa (Photography) Hayahisa Tomiyasu (1982, Kanagawa, Japan) studied photography at Tokyo Polytechnic University and at Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. He teaches at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and his works have been shown around the world. In 2018, his work TTP won the First Book Award by MACK. His project concerns the question of how we perceive the passing of time more consciously by seeing photographies: in Rome he will collect numbers in public space, and he will try to make a count down work out of them.
  • Wheeler, Ginny (Archaeology) Ginny Wheeler (1991, Bern) majored in European Studies at Amherst College (Massachussets, USA). After an MA of Philosophy in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford, she began her PhD at the University of Bern. In Rome she will work on her doctoral thesis, which aims to go beyond the traditional parameters of Roman fountain studies, by considering not only architectural design, but also urban context, social interaction, and sensory experience in order to come as close to the ancient experience as the surviving archaeological remains allow.

Roma Calling 2019/2020

  • Bramanti, Armando (Assyriology)Armando Bramanti (1989, Palermo), took a BA in History (2010) and an MA in Archaeology at Sapienza – University of Rome (2012); he then obtained a PhD in Assyriology in a joint program between Sapienza and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (2017). After several pre-doc and postdoc research stays in Italy, Germany, Spain, and US, he worked at the University of Geneva on a research project dealing with cuneiform paleography (Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships – ESKAS 2018/2019). His research at Istituto Svizzero will focus on the historical geography of lower Mesopotamia in the third millennium BCE. He is also preparing for publication his doctoral dissertation on land management in Early Dynastic Mesopotamia.
  • Bruckner, Johanna (Visual art)Johanna Bruckner (1984, Vienna) took a MA in Fine Arts from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg. Recent exhibitions include: 57th Venice Biennale, Despar Cinema Teatro; CAC – Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva) (2019); Galerie EIGEN+ART Lab (Berlin); 16th Venice Biennale, International Architecture Exhibition; Galerie Reflector Contemporary (Bern); Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Sammlung Falkenberg (Hamburg) (2018); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Zurich), KW – Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) (2017); the Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce (Genoa) (2016). She has been guest lecturer at various universities and institutions, including the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the Lucerne School of Art and Design, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), the Bâtiment d’art contemporain in Geneva (BAC). Her work has been awarded numerous scholarships: she received the Hamburg Stipendium for Fine Arts (2016). Currently she is member of the Banff Center for Visual Arts in Canada and has been nominated for a College Fellow in Media Practice at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. She teaches at the Master of Arts in Fine Arts at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) and at the Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB.
  • Dell’Era Romeo (Latin epigraphy)Romeo Dell’Era (1992, Lugano) studied Antiquities at the University of Lausanne, obtaining an MA degree in 2017. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis in Ancient History in cotutelle between the University of Lausanne and Sapienza University of Rome, for which he received a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. The thesis work aims to bring together the two lines of research of studies on epigraphic habit, very active since the 1980s, and studies on the Alps in antiquity. He is also preparing an edition of the Roman inscriptions of the Canton of Ticino. He is an associate researcher at the Centre for the History of the Alps (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Accademia di Architettura) for 2019-2020.
  • Dendena, Francesco (Modern history)Francesco Dendena (1981, Milan/Paris) studied History at the Università degli Studi di Milano and completed a PhD in History in 2010 in co-tutorship between the EHESS in Paris and the University of Milan. In 2012 he won the François Furet Prize, awarded by EHESS for his doctoral thesis. He is currently working on a post-doctoral project with the University of Lugano, which is part of the “Milan and Ticino (1796-1848). Shaping spatiality of a European Capital” project. In Rome he will research libraries and book policies during the Jacobin Rome (1798-1799) and study the transformations introduced by the French invasion and the subsequent republican experience on the public library system in Papal Rome.
  • Julier, Pauline (Visual art and filmaker)Pauline Julier (1981, Geneva) studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles I and obtained the MA SPEAP, Programme d’Expérimentation en Arts et Politique, Science Po (Paris). Her films have been shown in contemporary art centres, institutions and festivals around the world: the Centre Pompidou (Paris); the Loop Festival (Barcelona); Visions du Réel (Nyon); the Tokyo Wonder Site; the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève; the Museum of Modern Art in Tanzania; the Cinémathèque (Toronto), and the Pera Museum (Istanbul) among others. Julier received the Prix d’art fédéral suisse in 2010. She was invited by the Fondation Pinault to participate in an exhibition at Palazzo Grassi (Venice), she had a solo exhibition at the Centre culturel suisse in Paris (CCS) in 2017; she has participated in the Biennale of Media Art in Chile in 2019, and will be part of Bruno Latour’s next exhibition at ZKM (Karlsruhe) in 2020. Pauline Julier is currently working on a new cycle of plastic research and writing her first feature film.
  • Laleg, Dominique (Art history)Dominique Laleg (1982, Schwyz/Basel) studied Art History and Philosophy and completed an MA degree at the University of Basel. In 2018 he took his PhD from eikones – Zentrum für die Theorie und Geschichte des Bildes at the University of Basel. Since 2017 he has been working as a research assistant in Contemporary Art History at the Institute of Art History (University of Vienna) and at the Seminar on Art History at the University of Basel. His post-doc project, on which he intends to work in Rome, concerns the work of Cy Twombly in Rome (1957-1968) and, in particular, the analysis of his works in relation to postwar painting in the United States of America and Europe’s historical and cultural tópoi of those years.
  • Matter, Charlotte (Art history)Charlotte Matter (1983, Lyon/Zurich) studied Art History at the University of Zurich and completed an MA degree in 2015. She is research assistant at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich where she coordinates the MA programme “Art History in a Global Context”. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis on plastic as a material in art in the 1960s and 1970s, with particular interest in the works of two artists who worked in Rome: Carla Accardi (1924-2014) and Laura Grisi (1939-2017). For her thesis she received a one-year scholarship—commencing September 2019—from the Bibliotheca Hertziana which supports the research project “Rome Contemporary”.
  • Meyrat, Nastasia (Visual art)Nastasia Meyrat (1991, Lausanne) studied art at the HEAD–Haute école d’art et de design in Geneva, where she obtained an MA degree (Work.Master) in 2015. Meyrat was selected in 2018 for the Kiefer Hablitzel Göhner award, within the framework of the Swiss Art Awards. She was artist in residence at the Davidoff Art Initiative in 2017 in the Dominican Republic and at the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in 2015, where she worked on a cultural exchange project with her anthropologist sister. She was selected for the New Heads – Foundation BNP Paribas Art Awards in 2015, in conjunction with the group exhibition “GET OUT”, curated by Latifa Echakhch. She has exhibited at Zabriskie Point (Geneva); Urgent Paradise (Lausanne); La Placette (Lausanne); Morel art space (Lugano); Motto (Berlin); One Gee In Fog (Chêne-Bougerie); Casa Quien (Santo Domingo); and Ferme de la Chapelle (Lancy). Between 2018 and 2019 she was part of Tunnel Tunnel, an independent art space in Lausanne.
  • Real Madrid alias Benenti Oriol, Bianca e Pezzotta, Marco (Visual art)The artist duo Real Madrid was founded in 2015 by Bianca Benenti Oriol and Marco Pezzotta. Bianca (1987, Turin) took her Work.Master at HEAD – Haute école d’art et de design in Geneva in 2016. Marco (1985, Seriate) studied at Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Milan) and at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Real Madrid’s work has been exhibited in 2019 at Forde (Geneva); SansTitre (Paris); Auto Italia South East (London); Galerie Maria Bernheim (Zurich); and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Zurigo); in 2018 at EXILE Gallery (Berlin) and GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst (Bremen) and in 2017 at O’ Artoteca (Milan); LIYH (Geneva); Silicon Malley (Lausenne); and 1.1 (Basel). In 2017 the collective was chosen as finalist for the BNP Paribas Prize and invited to Sao Paulo (Brazil) by the Goethe-Institut. In 2018, the artists were awarded the Swiss Art Award in Basel and were finalists of the Bourse de la Ville de Genève at the Centre d’Art Contemporain. In the same year they participated at the Research-Residency of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and at the FAAP Foundation in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
  • Santer, Kiri (Juridical anthropology and political sociology)Kiri Santer (1991, Lausanne) studied Anthropology, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the Universities of Geneva and Neuchâtel. She completed an MA degree in Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2015. She is the current recipient of a “Doc.CH” grant (excellence funding scheme) by the Swiss National Science Foundation for her PhD in Political Sociology and Legal Anthropology at the University of Bern. In Rome she will carry out research for her dissertation on the emergency of the Libyan Coast Guard and the recent transformation of the external border of the European Union in the central Mediterranean. Since 2017 she has been editorial assistant at the Anthropological Theory journal.
  • Steiner, Urs August (Visual art)Urs August Steiner (1980, Uznach SG/Zurich) studied at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) (Zurich), at the California College of the Arts (San Francisco) and completed an MA degree in Fine Arts at the ECAL École cantonale d’art de Lausanne in 2011. He has exhibited at the Splatterpool (New York), Lokal-int (Biel), Grand Palais (Bern), Museum of Contemporary Art – MoCA (Shanghai), Des Pacio (San José, Costa Rica), Kunsthaus Glarus, Dienstgebäude (Zurich), Nextex (St. Gallen), Bombay Beach Biennale (California), Last Tango (Zurich). He was artist in residence in 2015 in Shanghai (Pro Helvetia) and in 2012 in New York (Residency Unlimited). In 2018 he won the Werkbeitrag Pro Helvetia, in 2018 and 2016 the Werkbeitrag Kanton St. Gallen, and in 2014 the Fokus-Preis Kunsthaus Glarus.
  • Wenger, Anaïs (Visual art, writing)Anaïs Wenger (1991, Geneva) studied Art at the HEAD – Haute école d’art et de design in Geneva, where she obtained an MA degree (Work.Master) in 2017. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in 2018 at the LIYH & Art Genève; Kunstmuseum Langenthal; Théâtre du Loup/La Gravière (Geneva); Espace Libre (Biel); Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva); Centre d’art Neuchâtel; One gee in fog (Chêne-Bougerie); FriArt (Fribourg); Tinguely Museum/Kaserne (Basel); 3353 (Carouge); Alienze (Lausanne); in 2017 at the Solstice Art Center (Navan); Badenfahrt (Baden); Zabriskie Point (Geneva). She won the grant of the City of Geneva in 2018 and the Studer/Ganz Stiftung Prize in Zurich in 2017, and has been nominated for the Swiss Performance Prize, Tinguely Museum/Kaserne (Basel), New Heads – Fondation BNP Paribas Art Awards, LIYH/Art Genève awards. In 2019 she was artist resident at Project Space, Centre d’art Contemporain (Geneva).

Roma Calling 2018/2019

  • De Franco, Oscar alias De La Fuente Oscar De Franco (Visual artist) Oscar De Franco (1986, Zurich) took a Master in Fine Arts degree at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in 2013, and as a visiting student he attended the course of Thomas Zipp at Universität der Künste Berlin. He has presented work in solo and group shows at Binz 39 (Zurich), Helmhaus (Zurich), Wasserkirche (Zurich), Kunstmuseum Bern (Bern), Galerie Gregor Staiger (Zurich), Kunsthalle St. Gallen (St. Gallen), Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich), Cabaret Voltaire (Zurich), Kunsthalle Bern (Bern) and other locations. He has received many prizes and study grants, including Atelierstipendium Binz 39 (2014-16) and Credit Suisse Förderpreis Video Kunstunstmuseum Bern (2012). He has also been a resident at Stavanger (Norway).
  • Meier, Rahel (History) Rahel Meier (1985, Zurich) is a medievalist. She studied History of Art, History and Archaeology of the Middle Ages at the University of Zurich, Paris and Basel. She was awarded the Förderpreis für Kunstwissenschaft by the Alfred Richterich Foundation for an extract of her thesis. At Istituto Svizzero in Rome, she is completing her dissertation on the creation and dissemination of the legend of the Holy Land, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (with contribution by Doc.CH). She was a guest of the KHI-MPI in Florence.
  • Meier, Robin (Musician, visual artist, performer, videomaker) Robin Meier (1980, Zug) took a degree in cognitive philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris in 2007, and studied at the Center for New Music & Audio Technologies, University of California and the Conservatoire National de Region de Nice, where he graduated in 2005. His works have been featured in group and solo shows in various institutions and biennials, including the 11th Shanghai Biennale (Shanghai), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Gare de l’Est (Nuit Blanche – Paris), Volkshaus (Art Basel, Basel), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris), Arsenal Gallery (New York). He was assigned the Kantonaler Kulturförderpreis of the Canton of Zug in 2016, and was nominated for the Prix Fondation Richard, Paris, in 2015.
  • Mure-Ravaud, Lora (Writer and filmmaker) Lora Mure-Ravaud (1993, Bordeaux) has a degree in philosophy and literature (Lyon, 2012). In 2017 she completed the Bachelor programme at the school of cinema of the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne. She has made several short films: Soleil cou coupé (2017, broadcast by RTS), Valet noir (2017, produced for Alva Film), Côté cour (2016, presented at the Locarno Festival), Joconde (2015, presented at Locarno Festival and acquired by ARTE). For Valet noir she won the Prix de la relève at Solothurner Filmtage (2018) and the prize for best short film of the Festival of Winterthur (2017).
  • Petracca, Enrico (Economic sciences) Enrico Petracca (1983, Lausanne) studied economics at Bocconi University in Milan and the University of Bologna, where he also completed a doctorate in history and philosophy of science in 2014. During the academic year 2017-18 he has conducted post-doctoral research at the Institut de Recherches Économiques (IRENE) of the University of Neuchâtel. His interests include the history and methodology of economic theories. The research he intends to conduct in Rome has to do with the history of “idiosyncratic” economic thought, thus defined because it cannot be analysed through traditional historical categories. In this sense, his research attempts to introduce new categories, related to the study of certain personalities and singular theories in the history of economic thought.
  • Pönitz-Hunziker, Christine (Archaeologist) Christine Pönitz-Hunziker (1983, Bern) studied history and archaeology of the Mediterranean at the University of Bern. In 2014 she completed a Master in archaeology of the Mediterranean and ancient history at the University of Bern. Since 2015 she has worked on her doctoral thesis on the ceramics of the necropoli of Via dei Greci and the Cimitero Sud of Crotone, as a mirror of the socio-cultural and economic development of the Italian city in the 3rd and 4th centuries BC. In Rome she will conduct research for the doctoral thesis supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, with the scientific collaboration of Timothy Pönitz, also a Swiss Institute fellow, whose project focuses on archaeological study of the ancient city of Crotone in Calabria.
  • Pönitz Timothy (Archaeologist) Timothy Pönitz (1989, Geneva) studied classical archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Geneva. In 2014 he completed a Master in classical archaeology at the University of Geneva. Since 2016 he has worked on his doctoral thesis on the necropoli of Via dei Greci and the funerary context of Crotone. In Rome he will conduct in-depth research in scientific collaboration with Christine Pönitz-Hunziker, also a Swiss Institute fellow, whose project also focuses on archaeological study of ancient Crotone in Calabria.
  • Spina, Davide (Architect) Davide Spina (1983, Rome/Zurich) is of Italian origin and presently lives in Zurich, where he is completing a doctorate at ETH Zurich, Institute for the Theory and History of Architecture (gta). His research project consists of a monographic thesis on the Roman real estate contractor Società Generale Immobiliare (SGI). Davide has a degree in architectural sciences from Università Roma Tre, and a Master in architectural history from Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL). He has received study grants at Yale University and Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), and has been a Visiting PhD Scholar at Columbia University, as well as teaching at ETH. Some of his essays have been published in AA Files, the magazine of the Architectural Association of London.
  • Wagner, Laurence (Programming, writing, performing arts research) Laurence Wagner (1984, Lausanne) attained a Master of Arts at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève in 2011, after completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Lausanne in 2008. Since 2014 she has worked at TU-Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva as director of programming, communication and press relations, and co-director of cultural mediation. She was a member of Corodis – Commissione Romande de Diffusion des Spectacles in 2016-17, and she has worked on various projects as a cultural mediator. She works for Zürcher Theater Spektakel in Zurich, teaches at Manufacture Haute école des arts de la scène in Lausanne, and develops various projects in the performing arts as an independent curator.
  • Wertenbroek, Manon (Visual artist) Manon Wertenbroek (1991, Lausanne) is of Swiss-Dutch origin; she took a Bachelor of Arts in photography in 2014 at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne. Since then, Wertenbroek has shown works in galleries in Holland, Belgium, Italy and France, and also at Art Basel, the Foam Museum in Amsterdam, and the Swiss Institute in Rome. Her work has been featured in the publications Guardian, Mousse, British Journal of Photography, Foam Magazine, i-D, LensCulture and many others. In January 2017 she had her first solo show at Coalmine, Wintherthur. That same year she was assigned the Swiss Art Award by the Federal Office of Culture.
  • Wooldridge, Ian (Visual artist) Of English origin, Ian Wooldridge (1982, Zurich) now resides in Zurich and is a PhD candidate in media sciences at the University of Basel. After taking a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Central St. Martins, University of London in 2004, he completed a Master degree in 2011 in history of cinema and visual media at Birkbeck College, University of London. From 2013 he has taught at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, in the Department of Art and Media. He has taken part in group and solo shows at the Cruising Pavilion (Venice Architecture Biennale 2018), LUX (London), Folkwang (Essen), Plymouth Rock (Zurich), Haus Konstruktiv, (Zurich), The Swiss Art Awards 2017 (Basel), Mikro (Zurich), Taylor Macklin (Zurich), Le Manoir (Martigny), Coalmine (Winterthur).
  • Zuber, Célia (Art historian) Célia Zuber (1990, Geneva) took a Bachelor degree in 2013 in art history and modern French literature at the University of Geneva, and a Master in art and languages at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris in 2015. In 2013 she received the prize for young researchers of the Association Suisse des Historiens et Historiennes de l’Art (ASHHA/VKKS). In 2016-17 she taught at the University of Geneva and the VIA FERRATA of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris. In Rome she will conduct research for her doctoral thesis, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, on the theory and theology of the image in the religious work of the painter from Bologna Annibale Carracci.

Roma Calling 2017-2018

  • Bobillier Stève (Philosophy) Stève Bobillier (b. 1982, Freiburg) holds a PhD in philosophy from the EHESS (Paris) after achieving from the University of Geneva a MPhil in Greek language and literature. He was assistant at the University of Freiburg and a teacher of philosophy in different schools; currently he is working on a postdoc project titled La normativité éthique à la fin du XIIIe siècle: de la norma ecclésiale au per de la conscience personnelle which focuses on the concept of ethics and moral normativity in the 13th century, and in particular on the essays of Pierre de Jean Olivi and Henri de Gand. His project has been funded by the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research in collaboration with La Sapienza University of Rome and the Vatican Apostolic Library
  • Caltagirone Miro alias Max Usata (Musician, singer, performer, actor) Miro Caltagirone (b. 1982, Bienne) has Swiss and Sicilian origins. He is an actor and musician and since 2001 he has been lead singer of the band Puts Marie, which has so far recorded six albums and played both nationally and internationally. Miro Caltagirone plays in several other musical projects such as Mister Milano, Troika Trash and MaxSchmürzen, Meta Marie Louise and Kerouac. In 2009 he moved to New York where he completed his studies at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. In New York he has worked on many theatre projects with director Mathilde Schennen. He regularly collaborates with the group We Ate Lobster
  • Fusetti Sabrina (Archaeologist) Sabrina Fusetti (b. 1987, Zurich) has studied classic, prehistoric and medieval archaeology at the University of Zurich and at La Sapienza in Rome. She gained experience in the field of Italian preroman archeology (Univeristy of Zurich, 2013 – 2015) during the excavations in the towns of Spina (Ferrara, Italy) and Monte Iato (Palermo, Italy). Currently she is working at her PhD thesis entitled La ceramica indigena arcaica della Sicilia occidentale: indagini tipologiche e socioculturali sulla base dei contesti di Monte Iato, thanks to the Forschungskredit scholarship of the University of Zurich. She is recipient of the Giuseppi Nenci award for her Master’s degree dissertation
  • Gasser Mathis (Visual arts) Mathis Gasser (b. 1984, Zurich) holds a BA from the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève (Geneva) in 2010 and his Master degree in London at the Royal College of Art in 2012. His works have been shown in numerous galleries and institutions: Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris), Chewday’s (London), Kunsthaus Glarus, Centre d’édition contemporaine (Geneva), Piper Keys (London), Kunsthalle Bern, and La Salle de Bains (Lyon). In 2010 he won the Théodore Strawinsky (Geneva) award, in 2012 the Hine Award (London), in 2013 the George Foundation (Zurich), the Roldenfund (Basel), and both in 2013 and 2015 the Swiss cultural Fund (London)
  • Häni Richard (History) Richard Häni (b. 1987, Basel), has studied history and mathematics at the University of Basel for which he holds a Master of Arts (2011). In 2013 he graduated with a Master of Science in Mathematics. Since he last graduated he has been working on his PhD dissertation, which he is currently financing with his part-time teaching job at Liestal (near Basel) high school. His research focuses on studying the comparison between ancient and modern people and on the self-representations of Modernity which can be found in essays by Sperone Speroni, Benedetto Varchi, Giorgio Vasari, and Giambattista Vico. During his stay at the Swiss Institute of Rome, he will complete his PhD thesis
  • Lammer Elise (Visual arts, art critic, performer) Elise Lammer (b. 1982, Basel/Roveredo) started her career by studying at the Academy of Fine Arts of Barcelona, later she completed a Master degree in Curatorial Studies from Goldsmiths University (London). She is curator at SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel and the founder of the Kunsthalle Roveredo—a one year artist residency in the Kanton of Graubünden. Between in 2014-2016, she was a researcher at APRA, the Adrian Piper Research Archive in Berlin. As curator, artist, and writer, she has participated in exhibitions in numerous institutions as: the Schinkel Pavillon (Berlin), the Goethe Institute (Beijing, Hong Kong), South London Gallery (London), Peckham Artist Moving Image Festival (London), Autocenter (Berlin), Centro Culturel Suisse (Paris), Kunsthaus Langenthal (Langenthal)
  • Leonardi Miriam Laura (Visual arts) Miriam Laura Leonardi (b. 1985, Zurich) holds a Master of Arts in Fine Arts from Zürcher Hochschule (Zurich) after studying photography in Paris. The artist has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions: Kunsthaus Glarus (Glarus), Gallerie Maria Bernheim (Zurich), Istituto Svizzero of Roma (Roma), Friart (Freiburg), Marbriers 4 (Geneva), Astrup Fearnley Museum (Oslo), TG Gallery (London), Plymouth Rock (Zurich). She co-directs with Ben Rosenthal Adar (Zurich), an independent art space and is currently working at translating the book Le schizo et les langues, by Louis Wolfson in German
  • Planzi Lorenzo (History) Lorenzo Planzi (b. 1984, Locarno) has studied, social communication, theology at the University of Freiburg. In 2014 he completed a PhD in contemporary history. Lorenzo Planzi is author of six books and around twenty scientific articles; his research focuses on political and religious history, on the history of international relations and resistance to totalitarianism, and also on unpublished topics such as the history of funerals and electricity. He is also member of the editorial board of the Revue Suisse d’histoire religieuse et culturelle. He is a Researcher at the Lateranense University for the Swiss National Fund for the Scientific Research. The title of his research project is La Svizzera alla lente diplomatica della Santa Sede (1873-1920)—Dagli irrigidimenti del Kulturkampf alle cooperazioni umanitarie della Prima Guerra mondiale, dalla chiusura della nunziatura di Lucerna nel 1873 alla sua riapertura a Berna nel 1920
  • Rochel Johan (Philosophy, political science) Johan Rochel (b. 1983, Zurich) is a postdoc researcher in ethics and in innovation law. He is currently working at a project funded by the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research which focuses on fair distribution of innovation, even through intellectual property. At the same time he is continuing his research on immigration ethics. Johan Rochel is an associate member of the Ethic Centre at the University of Zurich and professor in many universities, specialising in topics of ethics applied to the political sphere. He is also a researcher of think-tank foraus—Forum de politique étrangère and member of the Federal Commission for Childhood and Youth. He curates a blog on Le Temps
  • Schneider Christian (History) Christian Schneider (b. 1985, Niedergösgen) has studied history, English language and literature at the University of Freiburg, Berne and Durham (GB). In 2016 he completed his PhD at the University of Durham with a dissertation on Pope Clemente VIII Aldobrandini’s (1592-1605) political and juridical position and his diplomatic and ideological role. While writing his PhD, Christian Schneider taught at the University of Durham and Sunderland (GB). His project is funded by the University of Durham and from the National Swiss Fund for Scientific Research. Since January 2017 he is a postdoc Research Assistant at the University of Freiburg of “Unheilige” Machenschaften am Heiligen Stuhl? Päpstlicher Nepotismus 1534 bis 1605: Methoden–Kritik–Rechtfertigungen, a project which examines symbolic, financial and political-territorial aspects of papal nepotism
  • Steinbeck Michelle (Writer) Michelle Margarethe Steinbeck (b. 1990, Basel) graduated in 2013 in literary writing in Biel and currently is studying philosophy and sociology in Basel. She is editor-in-chief at Fabrikzeitung magazine, an author and organises events. Since 2016 she is curator of Babelsprech – Internationales Forum für junge Lyrik, which promotes young German speaking poets. Michelle Margarethe Steinbeck has published in magazines and anthologies, she has also worked at a Radio station and in theatres. In March 2016, her first novel Mein Vater war ein Mann an Land und im Wasser ein Walfisch was published. Always in 2016 she was a Fellow student at the Literary Colloquium Berlin
  • Wildberger Martina-Sofie (Visual arts, performer) Martina-Sofie Wildberger (b. 1985, Geneva/Zurich)—visual artist and performer—completed in 2011 a Master of Fine Arts at the Haute école d’art et de design de Genève (Geneva) and in 2014 a BA in History of Art from the University of Geneva. She has been included in exhibitions such as: Centre culturel suisse (Paris), Kunsthalle Mulhouse (Mulhouse), Kunstmuseum Glarus (Glarus), Fri-Art (Freiburg), Kunsthaus Aarau (Aarau), Palais de l’Athénée (Geneva), Centre d’art contemporain Genève, SALTS (Basel), Kunsthaus Baselland (Muttenz), Corner College e Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich). Martina-Sofie Wildberger is reciepient of numerous awards, Swiss Art Award (2012) and recently: Manor Kunstpreis 2019, the Kiefer Hablitzel and the Werkbeitrag of the Kanton of Zurich. She was also an artist resident in Paris, Berlin, and New York

Studio Roma 2016/2017

  • Pauline Beaudemont (Visual arts)
  • Tumasch Clalüna (Director and playwright)
  • Cédric Cramatte (Archaeologist)
  • Francesca Falk (Contemporary history)
  • Donald Glowinski (Music and neuroscience)
  • Edgars Gluhovs (Visual arts)
  • Nelly Haliti (Visual arts)
  • Andreas Heise (Philosophy)
  • Leo Hofmann (Composer, sound artist)
  • Lukas Ingold (Architecture and construction history)
  • Josy Luginbühl (Mediterranean archaeologist)
  • Marion Tampon-Lajarriette (Visual arts)

Studio Roma 2015/2016

  • Arnaud Besson (Ancient history)
  • Stefan Burger (Visual arts)
  • Marc Duret (Classical archaeologist)
  • Youri Kravtchenko (Architecture and scenery)
  • Katharina Limacher (Sociology and religious studies)
  • Federica Martini Schellenberg (Art history)
  • Cyrill Miksch (Communication studies)
  • Christof Nüssli (Graphic Design)
  • Marta Riniker-Radich (Visual arts)
  • Kilian Rüthemann (Visual arts)
  • Pedro Wirz (Visual arts)

Studio Roma 2014/2015

  • Francesco Baroni (Italian literature and religious studies)
  • Ivan Foletti (Art history)
  • Gina Folly (Visual arts)
  • Davide Fornari (Design studies)
  • Céline Hänni (Music)
  • Anne Le Troter (Arts and literature)
  • Pauline Milani (Contemporary history)
  • Niku Alex Muçaj (Visual arts)
  • Virginie Nobs (Archaeologist)
  • Grégoire Oguey (Medieval history)
  • Coralie Rouet (Visual arts)
  • Benjamin Valenza (Visual arts)
  • Hannah Weinberger (Visual arts)

Studio Roma 2013/2014

  • Domenico Billari (Visual arts)
  • Alan Bogana (Visual arts)
  • Manuel Buess Gurtner (Archaeologist)
  • Toni Hildebrandt (Art history)
  • Tobias Kaspar (Visual arts)
  • Julia Perazzini (Actress)
  • Valerio Scamuffa (Theatre)
  • Cédric Roduit (Ancient studies)
  • Julien Tavelli (Graphic Design)
  • Samira Zoubiri (Archaeologist)
  • Benedetta Zucconi (Musicology)

Studio Roma 2012/2013

  • Benoît Billotte (Visual arts)
  • Chiara Croci (Art history)
  • Clara Fivaz (Classical archaeologist)
  • Yves Fournier (Musicology)
  • Florian Graf (Visual arts)
  • Vladimir Ivanovici (Architecture history)
  • Tano Nunnari (Italian literature)
  • Hitomi Omata Rappo (Modern history)
  • Anne Rochat (Visual arts)
  • Werner Rohner (Literature)
  • Christoph Schmidt e Susann Vécsey (Architecture)
  • Marie Velardi (Visual arts)

Milano Calling

The Istituto Svizzero offers two six-month residencies in Milan (from October 2021 to April 2022) addressed to artists (visual arts, design, architecture, literature, dance, theatre and music) and researchers (social, human and natural sciences). Young researchers and artists interested in developing a project that requires a residency in the capital of Lombardy are required to submit their applications by 1 February 2021.

Conditions for participation, accommodation and financing


Selection process
Applications should be completed on our website no later than 1 February 2021.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in March 2021.




NEW Milano Calling 2020/2021

  • Aceto, Alfredo (Visual arts) Alfredo Aceto (1991, Turin) was a former student of Valentin Carron and Philippe Decrauzat at ECAL, where he is currently teaching. Aceto has exhibited his work in Milan, Glarus, Geneva, Paris. In Milan he has the opportunity to mix two regions that are very important within his practice: currently based in Switzerland, he can now reconnect with the Italian art scene.
  • Gennai, Meloe (Poetry, writing) Meloe Gennai (1986, Geneva) is a poet, writer and survivor. Meloe is an awarded and published author. They are in Milano to write their first novel On ne pleure plus; which deals with ancestry, ancestors worship and self determination. In addition, they will do research at the Scala di Milano where their greatgrandparents were singers and conductors; in order to understand their involvement with fascism and the impact it has had on their descendants. They are also planning a performance piece, Tavole giranti, which will deal with the position of art institutions regarding queer, disabled and artists of color.

Milano Calling 2019/2020

  • De Santi Valentina (History of geography)Valentina De Santi (1982, La Spezia/Paris) studied International Development and Cooperation as well as Geography and Territorial Processes University of Bologna. In 2016 she completed a PhD. in Historical Geography at the University of Genoa in co-tutorship with the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris where she disserted her thesis. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher of the Synergy project, part of the Swiss National Science Foundation: “Milan and Ticino (1796-1848). Shaping spatiality of a European Capital”, directed by the University of Lugano – Archivio del Moderno, in partnership with the University of Lucerne and the Université Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon of Paris. Her project analyses the contribution of military engineers in the establishment of “Milan capital” and in the construction of a new land use.
  • Knuckey, Tania Grace (Textile design and visual art)Tania Grace Knuckey (1987, Geneva) graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2009 and the Royal College of Art in London in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Mixed Media Textiles. She has won numerous awards, amongst others the Marianne Straub Travelling Scholarship from the Royal College of Art in 2011, The Future of Beauty Award in 2012 from the International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF), and the first prize for the Best Interior Fabrics from Textprint. Tania was selected by the city of Geneva for a residency at the Maison Des Arts du Grütli from 2016 to 2019.

Milano Calling 2018-2019

  • Fueglister, Ronnie (Graphic Designer) Ronnie Fueglister (1980, Basel) is a graphic designer who studied at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich. His works include the design of the website of Kunsthalle Basel and books made for the artists Miriam Cahn, Bruce Nauman, Amy Sillman, Hannah Weinberger, Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy. He presently teaches experimental typography at Schule für Gestaltung Basel and publishing design at Porto Design Summer School. In Milan he plans to work on the project “Type in the Public Sphere,” focusing on the “typographical character” of public space in Milan.
  • Jacomella, Marco (Architect) Marco Jacomella (1984, Chiavenna IT) is an architect and urban designer based in Zurich. He took a degree in architecture at Università degli Studi in Ferrara (IT), and in 2016 he took a Master in Advanced Studies in Housing at ETH Zurich. After work experiences in international studios in Denmark, Spain and Switzerland, he became a project manager at Hosoya Schaefer Architects in Zurich, specializing in projects on an urban scale and residential buildings. In 2018 he founded ITER, a studio for research on the home and territory. He is presently a doctoral candidate in Urban Planning, Design and Policies at Politecnico di Milano (IT), with a research project focusing on residential cooperatives in Zurich and their possible influence in the Italian context. His work during the residency will be on the experience of cooperatives in Milan, with a particular accent on possible exchanges with the Swiss tradition of cooperative housing.

Palermo Calling

The Istituto Svizzero offers two three-month residencies in Palermo at Palazzo Butera (from September to December) addressed to artists (visual arts, design, architecture, literature, dance, theatre and music) and researchers (social, human and natural sciences).
Young artists and researchers  interested in developing a project that requires a residency in Palermo must submit their applications by 1 February 2021.

Conditions for participation, accommodation and financing


Selection process
Applications should be completed on our website no later than 1 February 2021.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in March 2021.



NEW Palermo Calling 2020

  • Guggenbühler, Nora (Art History) Nora Guggenbühler (1988, St. Gallen) studied Art History and German Linguistics and Literature at the University of Zurich. She is currently a Doc.CH fellow at the University of Zurich. Her dissertation project explores the distribution of copies of Marian images within the Spanish Empire in the XVI and XVII centuries: global interconnections of cult topographies are analyzed, regarding questions of original and copy and of center and periphery. In Palermo she will begin an in-depth research on the Madonna di Trapani, one of the most venerated miraculous objects in Sicily
  • Schild, Louis (Music) Louis Schild (1991, Lausanne) is a musician who practices composition, interpretation and improvisation. For several years he has been practicing screen printing, which he communicates with his musical and sound practice through various editorial projects. As part of his protean projects, he collaborates with other artists, thinkers and architects. He considers music under the wider filter of sound and listening and develops it together with research on critical social and political aspects. In Palermo he will focus on a comparative study of the timbres of possession rituals music in Antique Greece and in Southern Italy

Palermo Calling 2019

  • Hugonnet, Yasmine (Choreography, contemporary dance, research)Yasmine Hugonnet (1979, Lausanne/Pantin) studied at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Dance. She holds an MA degree created jointly by Codarts in Rotterdam, School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Institute of the arts Arnheim. In 2006 she won a residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She produced the trio RE-PLAY (2006) and the solo Latitudes de Pose (2007), which were shown in numerous festivals. From 2009 to 2013 she undertook a long period of research followed by the foundation in Lausanne of her company Arts Mouvementés. Soon after she produces three solos: Le Rituel des Fausses Fleurs (2013), Le Récital des Postures (2014), La Traversée des Langues (2015). In 2016 she choreographed La Ronde/Quatuor at the Rencontres chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis Festival and at the Venice Dance Biennale. In 2017 she participated in the Festival Commun (Arsenic, Lausanne). In 2017, Yasmine Hugonnet received the Swiss Dance Award for the solo Le Récital des Postures. She is currently working with the Vidy Theatre in Lausanne where she conceived CHRONOLOGICAL/TRIO in 2018 and will produce Seven Winters in 2020.
  • Keller, Jasmine (Writing)Jasmine Keller (1986, Endingen/Zurich) completed an MA in German Language and Literature at the University of Zurich in 2018. She has participated in numerous literary events and public readings such as the Poetry Brothel (New York and Paris) and as part of the writer’s group “Jung im All” based at the Literaturhaus Aargau (Lenzburg). In 2014 she participated in the “Industrial Radio” project of SZENART in collaboration with Radio Kanal K (Aarau). In 2018 she published the Christmas story Metallisée in the special edition of the Geldpresse of the Office for Debt Prevention of the City of Zurich. In 2013 she won the semester award from the University of Zurich for her thesis on Judith Butlers Frames of War and, in 2019, the OpenNet Schreibwettbewerb of the Solothurn Literary Days with the short story gehörnt.

Summer School

The Istituto Svizzero hosts researchers from universities and institutes of higher education at Villa Maraini in the period July−August.

The universities and institutes of higher education concerned are required to submit a multidisciplinary project often linked to Rome and its cultural heritage.
This programme is born out of collaboration between the Istituto Svizzero, the swissuniversities association and the Conférence des recteurs des Hautes écoles suisses (Council of Chancellors of Swiss Bodies of Higher Education).
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Senior Fellowships

By invitation only, Istituto Svizzero offers residencies in Rome to established artists and researchers for projects connected with Italy or of a transdisciplinary nature.
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