“For years, I had been wondering what sparks a desire to resist”
Micol, an active and engaged student, walks us through the path that led her to the Master’s in Philosophy offered École Normale Supérieure – PSL with the involvement of École Pratique des Hautes Etudes – PSL and Observatoire de Paris – PSL. She is drawn to philosophy as a way to learn, question, share, and act.
From Sassari and Trieste to Washington, Paris, Chicago, London, and Johannesburg, Micol is a curious, passionate learner who has taught and studied all around the globe.
As a high school student in Sassari, Sardinia, she earned her International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Adriatic, an international school with locations worldwide whose name serves as a passport for graduates to attend prestigious campuses. For Micol, that meant earning a BS in Foreign Service at Georgetown University (USA) and participating in an exchange program with Science Po Paris to explore other topics, other campuses, and other forms of education. At the time, she was enthusiastically studying law, but she could already tell that something was missing.
Back on the Georgetown campus, Micol looked to philosophers Terry Pinkard and Quill R Kukla to help fashion her thinking. She witnessed the growing strength of the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2015 Baltimore protests, followed by the beginnings of #MeToo. Wanting to understand, she applied her perspective as a philosopher in training to the world around her.
She decided to enroll in the Modern European Philosophy MA degree offered by Kingston University London, a joint diploma with Université Paris 8. Her classes and lectures there led her to philosophers Stella Sandford, Nadia Yala Kisukidi, and Catherine Malabou, who expanded her thinking.
The, Micol chose to attend ENS – PSL, and she was admitted to the as an student. She defended her second-year Master’s thesis under the supervision of Marc Crépon, whose research intrigued her. At École Normale Supérieure – PSL, she took full advantage of the scientific and cultural environment.
The ENS was an incredible experience. I still remember the unfettered freedom and intellectually stimulating environment.
The following year, Micol joined the Philosophy department in Johannesburg as a lecturer in ethical philosophy for undergraduate students. The position offered a new environment and a new context, and it led to the discovery of a new passion.
After Johannesburg, Micol returned to the United States to study for a year at the University of Chicago. She currently teaches philosophy for PSL’s CPES Multidisciplinary Undergraduate degree and is applying to PhD programs in the United States. She would like to continue the research work she began under the supervision of Marc Crépon, delving into the emergence of a certain genealogy of the concept of race starting with the writings of Kant, Nietzsche, Adorno, Deleuze, Foucault, and Derrida.
Micol has written a collection of poems in her native language entitled Ho delle vene molto complesse (translation: I have very complex veins) that addresses the relationship between the subject and family, national, and colonial history. It is pending publication.
Her interest in these exciting topics, central to the questions raised by the 21st century, makes Micol the perfect embodiment of a new, engaged generation for whom philosophy is a tool for reflection that offers a means to take action.