Former Fellows

Kristi Viiding

NAWA Ulam Program

I studied Estonian language, literature, and classical philology and earned my PhD in classical philology in 2002. From 1996-2017 I was a faculty member in classical philology at the University of Tartu, and professor there from 2012-2017. Since 2017 I have been working as senior researcher at the Under and Tuglas Literature Center of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, and since 2018 as general secretary of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies, IANLS.

My primary areas of research are humanist Neo-Latin literature in the Baltic region in the early modern period, the emergence of secular written Estonian language in the 17th century and Latin epigraphics in the Baltic region. Since 2001 I have headed many national grant projects. In 2014-2018 I participated as the Estonian representative in the international COST project, “Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800: A Digital Framework for Multi-Lateral Collaboration on Europe’s Intellectual History”.

Beside my scholarly publications I have translated from classical, medieval and Neo-Latin into Estonian (Tacitus “On the Origin and Settlement of the Germanic peoples”; Livy “From the Founding of the City”; “Deeds of the Romans”, and 17th century print sources on the founding of the University of Tartu) into Estonian.

Luisa Brotto

NAWA Ulam Program - Seal of Excellence

After receiving my BA (2009) and MA Degree (2012) in Philosophy from the University of Pisa, I obtained my Ph.D. in Philosophy from Scuola Normale Superiore (2018. Thesis: Una filosofia che non prevede resa. La nozione di ‘fides’ nell’opera di Giordano Bruno / On the notion of trust in the works of Giordano Bruno). In 2019 I was a postdoctoral fellow at Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento (National Institute for Renaissance Studies) in Florence.

My main research interest is retracing patterns of social inclusion, cooperation, and conflict management in Early Modern moral and political thought, with special attention to trust-based relationships. The goal of my two-year project at IFiS PAN is to investigate theories of trust in early modern thought from the peculiar perspective of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and notably the Academy of Zamość – an educational institution specifically devoted to the teaching of politics.

Matthias Roick

PASIFIC Fellowship Programme

I am a PASIFIC Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences with a project on “Virtue and Sociability. Teaching Friendship in Early Modern Schools and Universities, 1518-1648”. I did my MA in Philosophy in Munich (2002) and my PhD in European History and Civilization at the European University in Florence (2009). After my PhD, I worked as researcher at the University of Göttingen. From 2014 to 2020, I was Freigeist Fellow for the History of Ethics, in close collaboration with the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel and the Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen’s now defunct Institute of Advanced Studies. During my career I received several grants, among them a Grete Sondheimer fellowship at the Warburg Institute in London (2013). I am the author of Pontano’s Virtues. Aristotelian Moral and Political Thought in the Renaissance (2017). My research interests include topics such as Renaissance humanism, Aristotelianism, Dante, early modern book culture, and the history of ethics.