Bachelor degree, degree/master or system degree or equivalent qualification obtained at a national/international university.

Objectives and training program

The Summer School, organized by the Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement, continues the conversation on “displaced lives and vulnerability” in the Euro-Mediterranean area, through various practical and theoretical contexts. The aim of this year edition is focused on a number of ethnographical insights of the refugees/forced migrants at the EU borders and the challenges of human trafficking and modern slavery forms. The life narratives of the refugees and displaced population, experiences of various NGOs and international organizations, will be an essential part of the five intensive-studying days of the program. By access to the situation “on the ground”, the participants will have a unique opportunity to grasp the lives of refugees and displaced population as multisided prospectus of different personal and institutional levels, and understand how they are linked to each other, and above all to the daily lives of the displaced population in the borders.


Lectures, workshops, guided visits and round-table discussion will be held from Monday (h 9:30) to Friday (h 13:00), with compulsory attendance (90%). In addition, you will visit some places of interest and have open space for participants to share their experiences and field research. At the end of the course, attendees will be given a certificate of participation and successful completion of the program (6 ECTS). The official language will be English but some activities might be in Italian with a direct English translation.

Please send your application form and a short CV (PDF format) by 31 March 2019 to: In the subject of your email, please write “Migrants, Human Rights and Democracy Summer School 2019 – University of Palermo”. Selected participants will be notified by 7 April. You will be expected to confirm your attendance and send payment receipts by 30 April.