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

Objectives and training programme
The 12th edition of the “Migration, Human Rights and Democracy” Summer School, organized by the University of Palermo, 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, visits to the camps and the ports, experiences of various (non)governmental national and international organizations, visits to Roma camp in Palermo, along with the journalist reportage on the Macedonian-Greek border and Idomeni refugee camp, will be an essential part of the five intensive-studying days of the summer school 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. Through reflecting on the processes of the subjectivity in the camp, and the negotiation of citizenship (see e.g. Minca, 2015; Pasquetti, 2015; Rygiel, 2011; Sigona, 2015; Turner, 2016); on the systems of controlled and monitored mobility that sort people along new lines of ethnicity; on practices to integration and citizenship in receiving societies, the lectures from the recognized scholars from the field will offer the theoretical support to better follow and grasp the empirical site of the school in its unique learning environment.


Lectures, workshops, guided visits and round-table discussion will be held from Monday (h 9:30) to Friday (h 14:30), with compulsory attendance (90%). In addition, you will visit some places of interest (such as the Palermo Roma camp/ghetto, the port of Palermo where you will experience the SAR/Search And Rescue simulation) 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 programme (6 ECTS).

Please send your application form and a short CV (PDF format) by 31 March 2018 to: In the subject of your email, please write “Migrants, Human Rights and Democracy Summer School 2018 – 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.