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SUMMER SCHOOL: 7^th Milan International Summer School “Political Communication and Electoral Behavior

WHERE:  Milan (Italy) University of Milan (
WHEN:  06 – 11 July 2020

The Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Italy) ( and the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) (

The School addresses theoretical and empirical questions at the intersection of political communication, political science, and political sociology, with a special focus on the relationship between political communication, media, political participation and democracy.

The lecturers are internationally renowned academics:

– Patricia Moy (University of Washington and past President of the ICA),

– Kimberley Gross (GWU and Chair of the PolComm Division at ICA),

– Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University),

– Toril Aalberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology),

– Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam and President of the ICA),

– Marco T. Bastos (City University London),

– Fabio Giglietto (University of Urbino),

– Sophie Lecheler (University of Vienna),

– Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim),

– Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan),

– Regina Lawrence (University of Oregon).

Course Director:  Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan)

*International Network*
Participants of the previous editions came from around the world: USA, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Russia,  Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the  Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, among  others.

*Who should apply*
Building on the experience of the last 13 years, the 2020 Summer School offers another unique opportunity for 30 PhD candidates and early career academics in Communication, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science to attend an intensive, 6 day-long Program that consists of lectures, master classes, paper presentations and discussions.Workshops on Big Data and Computational Analysis and on writing for peer-reviewed journals will be offered during the week.

*How to apply*
Participants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Candidates should submit a 3-page research proposal or an extended abstract of a research paper on issues broadly related to political communication subfields. Submissions should include name, email address, institutional affiliation, a brief bio (max. 200 words) mentioning main research interests and ongoing projects, and a recommendation letter.  An international selection committee will review the applications.

Application: 1 March
Notification of acceptance:27 March
Registration deadline:30 April

*Enrollment fee*
Euro 750 (covers accommodation, lunches, welcome and farewell dinners).    A limited number of travel grants is also available.