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

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).

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.

Conditions for participation, accommodation and financing

Selection process
Applications must be submitted to the Istituto Svizzero before 5 February 2018.
The candidates selected by the artistic and scientific committees will be called for an interview with the jury at the end of March or early April 2018.



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: 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)
  • Mario 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 Véchsey (Architecture)
  • Marie Velardi (Visual arts)

Milano Calling
The Istituto Svizzero offers two six-month residencies in Milan during 2018 reserved exclusively for designers and scientists in the fields of architecture and digital humanities, and selected on the same transdisciplinary basis as in Rome. Young researchers and designers interested in developing a project that necessitates a residency in the capital of Lombardy are required to submit their applications before 5 March 2018.

Selection process
Applications must be submitted to the Istituto Svizzero before 5 March 2018.
The candidates selected by the artistic and scientific committees will be called for an interview with the jury at the end of April or early May 2018.


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 either a project in connection with Rome and Italy or a multidisciplinary project involving the arts and sciences.
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).

Building, Film, and Tourism in Post-War Rome

A project by ETH – Zürich
Organised by Lukas Ingold, Jacqueline Maurer and Davide Spina

Call for students – deadline 21 May

RRR – Roma, Riuso e Restauro

A project by Accademia di architettura dell’Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) – Mendrisio
Organised by Prof. Sergio Bettini, Carla Mazzarelli, Daniela Mondini, Christoph Frank

Call for students – deadline 15 May

Time, Time, Time: Science, Art & Philosophy

A project by Accademia di architettura dell’Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) – Mendrisio and University of Geneva
Organised by Claudio Calosi, Fabrice Correia, Kevin Mulligan, Christian Wüthrich

Guest speakers:
Roberto Casati (Paris, Metaphysics, Watchmaking)
Mauro De Caro (Roma 3, Philosophy of Action)
Fabrice Correia (Genève, Metaphysics, Logic)
Elvira Di Bona (Polonsky Academy, Jersusalem, music, philosophy)
Mauro Dorato (Roma 3, Philosophy of Physics)
Matteo Morganti (Roma 3, Philosophy of Physics, Metaphysics)
Daniele Oriti (Max Planck, Berlin, Physics)
Carlo Ossola (Collège de France, Italian literature)
Alessandro Raveggi (Writer, NYU Florence, Unam Mexico, Literature)
Natale Stucchi (Milano Bicocca, Psychology)
Christian Wuthrich (Genève, Philosophy of Physics)

Call for students – deadline 15 May

Senior Fellowships
By invitation only, the Istituto Svizzero offers residencies in Rome to established artists and researchers for projects connected with Italy or of a transdisciplinary nature. The figures invited will be resident at the Institute for periods of one to three months. In return, they are expected to actively engage with the young residents of the programme Roma Calling.

Other research stays
Exceptional stays of one or two weeks are possible, on certain conditions, for researchers and artists needing to do research or collaborate in projects in the Italian capital.

Places are awarded according to availability and consequent to management’s evaluation of the application (project, CV, contacts and collaborations in Rome, etc.), which must be submitted to the Institute no more than two months before the desired dates at the following electronic address: