Organising Climate Action

Program code

Program Duration
4 days

6 Sep - 9 Sep, 2023

€ 500

Including access to all summer school activities, lunch boxes, and coffee or tea for the entire duration of the summer school.

Organising Climate Action


2022 was yet another year of climate extremes. As greenhouse emissions continue to rise, global temperatures reached record-breaking levels. For some time now, the climate emergency has been at the centre of public debate.

The COVID-19 pandemic only contributed to shedding light on the social roots of the current environmental crisis. Human-induced deforestation and biodiversity loss, it has been shown, are a major cause of the spread of infectious diseases and pose a serious threat to public health.

Despite all this, political responses to climate change on a global scale have proved largely inadequate. The transition towards an environmentally sustainable society is undercut by the drive toward endless production and resource extraction which governs our economies.

In the past few years, activists and movements worldwide have been increasingly vocal in demanding more decisive action for environmental and social justice. But how are we to effectively organise this demand from below? The second edition of the Lake Como Summer School in Critical Theory of Society will gather scholars of renowned reputation to discuss these issues 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. 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 run for four days. Each day will be structured into a 2/3-hour morning session and a 2/3-hour afternoon session. 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.


Speakers will be invited to run a 6-hour seminar each. Each seminar will be divided into two sessions.

Scientific Commitee

  • Giorgio Bertolotti (University of Milano-Bicocca)
  • 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)
  • Giorgio Cesarale (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
  • Caterina Roggero (University of Milan)

Organising committee

  • Director of the Summer School: Vittorio Morfino, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Joint director: Stefano Pippa, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Joint director: Gianluca Pozzoni, University of Milano-Statale
  • Magda Taverna, independent researcher
  • Emanuele Lepore, University of Venice
  • Caterina Orsenigo, World Congress for Climate Justice
  • Ninetta Strano Alogna, EHESS/Césor-CNRS
  • Paolo Murrone, University of Pisa


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

Application deadline

Deadline extended to the 31th of May 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CET (UTC +01:00)

Target Audience

Admission is open to post-graduate students and early-career researchers who have a strong interest in critical thinking and share the aims of the summer school. The summer school can host up to 20 participants. Due to the limited number of available places, prospective participants are requested to submit a formal application and will only be admitted after they have successfully passed a selection process.


Corso di perfezionamento in Teoria Critica della Società, University of Milano-Bicocca

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