Confronting digital capitalism

Program code

Program Duration
4 days

4 Sep - 7 Sep, 2024

€ 500

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

Confronting digital capitalism


The spectre of digital capitalism is haunting the world. The challenges and problems posed by recent developments in digital technology - AI being just one of the most blatant examples - have now taken centre stage in public debate, scientific research, and in the political agendas of international institutions. In this conjuncture, thinking through the technical and political implications of the digital revolution has become increasingly urgent. How does digital capitalism reconfigure our life as a whole? What is the impact of digital technology on human labour? How does it restructure the public sphere? What are the consequences of this new scenario for emancipatory politics? The third 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 issues concerning digital technology in relation to contemporary capitalism. The main objective is to create an international and cross-disciplinary environment of research exchange that can contribute to fostering 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 18 hours of lectures/seminar/activities in total. Each day will be structured into a morning session (3 hours) and an afternoon session (3 hours). Only one session will be held on the first and final day. 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. The definitive programme will be published on the Summer School Website.


Speakers will be invited to run a 4-6 hour seminar each. Each seminar will be divided into two sessions (generally consisting of a 1 or 2 hour lecture and of a 1-hour discussion).

Scientific Commitee

  • Giorgio Bertolotti (University of Milano-Bicocca)
  • Natalia Romé (University of Buenos Aires)
  • Marco Vanzulli (University of Milano-Bicocca)
  • Luisa Lorenza Corna (Middlesex University London)
  • Stefano Petrucciani (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Luca Basso (University of Padua)
  • Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University London)
  • Giorgio Cesarale (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

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
  • Paolo Murrone, University of Pisa


The main activities of the Summer School will take place at Villa Gallia, Via Borgovico, 154, Como, Italy.

Application deadline

Wednesday 24th May 2024 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 24 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

Corso di perfezionamento in Ecosocialismo, University of Milano-Bicocca.

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