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Call for Applications -Summer School on “Media in Political Participation and Mobilization” (Firenze 26-30 June 2017)

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore invites applications for the upcoming Summer School on “Media in Political Participation and Mobilization” which will be held in Florence (Italy) in June 2017, from Monday 26th to Friday 30th included.

The Summer School is sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research and supported by its Standing Group on Political Mobilization and Participation.

The Summer School will explore the complex relationship between media and diverse instances of political participation and mobilization. More in particular, the lectures during the Summer School will revolve around three main themes on which literature flourished in the past few years, providing new perspectives on the relationship between media and political participation/mobilizations: (1) media cultures; (2) media materialities; and (3) media practices.

Participants (up to 15) will be given the possibility to present their ongoing research and project activities during afternoon sessions. Other participants and speakers will provide feedback and suggestions. Participants will also have the possibility to schedule a meeting with the Summer School invited lecturers to discuss more in details their work and receive targeted advices.

Keynote Lectures will be given by prof. Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Nick Couldry (London School of Economics).

Practical details and a lengthier description of the three main themes can be found here

For further information, contact the Summer School Organizing Committee at


How to apply: Applications consisting of a cover letter in which they explain how the Summer School would be beneficial for their research, a 500-word abstract of their proposed paper, and an updated curriculum vitae should be sent via email to not later than 17 March 2017.

Acceptance Notifications: the Summer School Organizing Committee will inform applicants on the result of the evaluation process as soon as possible and no later than 07 April 2017.

Enrollment: Selected applicants shall confirm their participation and pay the enrollment fee within 15 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list.

Payments can be done via bank transfer using the bank details that will be sent at due time.

Note: the enrollment fee covers:

  • Lunches for the Summer School days (June 26th-30th, 2016)
  • a welcome aperitivo;
  • a farewell dinner.

Selected applicants shall book accommodation at their expenses. Selected applicants that will not correspond the enrollment fee by the foreseen deadline will automatically loose the opportunity to participate in the Summer School. Refunds will not be possible.