Program code

Program Duration
4 days

7 Sep - 10 Sep, 2021


500 €

Includes all courses activities, visits, lectures. Travel and other living expenses are not included in the tuition fee



Emancipation is widely recognized as one of the key goals of education, both at the individual and at the societal level. Transforming our world is the very title of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sets out as its “supremely ambitious and transformational vision” the construction of a world “free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive.” In short, emancipation is understood as a transformational task to be fulfilled through a collective effort, in which all institutions – including educational institutions – must join.

One of the key questions and problems emerged in recent years with urgency is what form such a collective effort should or can take. Ever since the opening of the so-called “post-Cold War” era, all established forms of collective organization and mobilization for the pursuit of shared objectives have undergone unprecedented transformations, from the crisis of mass-parties to the alleged end of the party form (or the party system itself). The recent pandemic and other crises that recurrently hit Western and non-Western societies in various ways and to different degrees have highlighted the structural instability of the world we live in – an instability in which new forms of right-wing populism are thriving, posing new challenges to the pursuit of emancipatory goals.

In this scenario, there is an evident and urgent need to rethink how emancipation can be organised, devising new forms of collective practices capable of pushing forward the agenda for a better and more just future. Therefore, the construction of the key goal of social justice cannot avoid interrogating the current political turmoil and analyzing the various forms of political organization in order to assess their effectiveness and adequacy to meet the challenges of the contemporary world. The pursuit of the goals of emancipation and social justice can no longer avoid the question of organizing the effort for their realisation.

The Summer School will invite scholars of renowned reputation to discuss these themes from different perspectives.

Aims and objective

The Summer School aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain in-depth and cutting-edge knowledge on the topic of emancipation and organisation. It will do so by inviting high-profile scholars and personalities from around the world. The main objective is to create an international and cross-disciplinary environment of research exchange that can contribute to foster new original projects on the topic. In addition to this, the Summer School will contribute to the following objectives:

  • Expand the outreach of existing university programmes;
  • Develop networking opportunities for graduate students and early-career researchers;
  • Encourage the construction of an inter-university network on the topics of the Summer School.


The Summer School will extend for four days, comprising 24 hours of lectures/seminars in total. Each day will be structured into a morning session (3 hours) and an afternoon session (3 hours). The morning and afternoon sessions will be chaired by different speakers and separated by a lunch break and one or more coffee breaks in order to elicit more informal conversations.


Four speakers will be invited to run a 6-hour seminar each. Each seminar will be divided into two sessions (consisting of a 2-hour lecture and of a 1-hour discussion).

Scientific Commitee

  • Giorgio Bertolotti (University of Milano-Bicocca)
  • Alexei Penzin (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Maria Chehonadskih (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford)
  • Svenja Bromberg (Goldsmiths University)
  • Natalia Romé (University of Buenos Aires)
  • Maria Turchetto (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
  • Marco Vanzulli (University of Milano-Bicocca)
  • Luisa Lorenza Corna (Middlesex University London)
  • Stefano Petrucciani (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Luca Basso (University of Padua)
  • Loris Caruso (Scuola Normale Superiore)
  • Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University London)
  • Dave Mesing (Villanova University)
  • Peter Thomas (Brunel University London)
  • Giorgio Cesarale (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Organizing committee

  • Director of the Summer School: Vittorio Morfino, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Joint director: Stefano Pippa, University of Milano-Bicocca


The Summer School will take place at Villa Olmo in Como, Italy.

Application deadline

1st of May 2021


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