Open Call


SIS - International Studies for Sicily

No Funding
Free / No Costs
Palermo, Italy


The first thematic residency of The International Studies for Sicily (SIS) invites residents to question and explore the political critique of power, forms of protest, revolution, transnational and local collective movements of revolt, tactics of emancipation, infra-politics of the individuals as well as the riots and uprisings of the subalterns specifically from the perspective of Southern Italy, the Mediterranean and the global South. The residents are invited to elaborate specifically, but not exclusively, on the following issues: • Techniques, practices, knowledge and politics of influence and counter-influence: a transnational and intersectoral approach • Economic and agricultural policies of the South and the “Right to Remain” of the youth • Political ecology and the Green New Deal • Feminism and ecology in the context of contemporary global / local struggles • Chthulucene and other assemblages of nature and culture, ecology and technology

Number of Participants

We are pleased to announce the second SIS Scholarship: Politics of Emancipation The SIS Politics of Emancipation Scholarship is sponsored by Francesca Martinez Tagliavia, owner of the Organic Farm Villa Adriana where SIS is located. Who it is for: The SIS Politics of Emancipation Scholarship is for writers and researchers that apply for the Thematic Residency of the first residency period of SIS, April – July 2020 at Villa Adriana in Danigarci. Candidates that submit a Thematic Residency research or writing proposal which entails research in Sicily and that adheres to the theme, “Politics of Emancipation” are automatically in the running for this scholarship.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


April 20, 2020 - July 13, 2020


Conference Rooms, Co-Working, Desk Space, Gallery, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Library


Apartment, Barn, Castle, Kitchen, Live/Work, Private Bathroom, Private Room, Shared Bathroom


Chef on Site

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Critique, Discussion, Exhibition, Group Dinners, Pitch Night, Pool Party, Publication, Readings, Retreat, Round Tables, Schools, Self-Directed, Seminars, Visiting Professionals, Workshops


Activists, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Composers, Curatorial, Dance, Design, Documentary, Fiction, Film, Journalism, Literature, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Pedagogy, Playwriting, Poetry, Research, Scholar, Screenwriting, Thinkers


English, French, Italian

Program Description

The International Studies for Sicily / Studi Internazionali per la Sicilia (SIS) is a non-profit, multidisciplinary institute dedicated to writing in all its forms and to philosophical, social and political research, located in Palermo. SIS is an independent research institute, with an annual research program developed with the aim of collaborating with public and private institutions in Palermo and local and international research centres. The International Studies for Sicily’s (SIS) fundamental role is to facilitate the individual research of each resident in relation to the region and the residents’ participation in a transdisciplinary and transnational program. The program provides access to basic technical support for the organisation of events such as symposia, debates, seminars and other forms of public presentations, as well as the publication of the Quaderni di SIS - SIS Field Notes.

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