Dear Robert Barazza, I visited your blog a few minutes ago. I found out that you have a lot of information about studying in Italia. I have a specific question, however. I would like to study for a PhD in philosophy, writing a disseration on Pierre Bayle; I contacted several of the experts in the field but they told me that many of the philosophy departments have been cut due to the austerity measures. Is there any way that I could study philosophy in Italy, writing on Pierre Bayle? Best
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Hi ... , actually my blog is about teaching Italian in foreign countries.
As regards applying for a PhD in Italy, I do not want to discourage you but I fear it is a waste of time if you have not personally worked with a 'barone', a powerful academic professor. We are still in the Middle Ages in Italy regarding post-graduate university courses and jobs. If you do not know personally a 'barone', you will probably have no chance to work in an Italian university. It is different from most other western civilized countries. I worked in foreign universities just by sending my CV abroad. In Italy sending your own CV is worthless. What is essential is a personal contact with a professor in a department. This is why so many graduate students and professionals leave Italy and this is why so few professionals and scholars come to Italy.
I wish you good luck and I hope you will find your opportunity somewhere,