Communicating Politics. Media, Communication, Activism from the French Revolution to the present
The Summer School aims at creating an international and highly qualified learning environment, which should allow participants to be actively involved in workshops and seminars and to experiment innovative ways of collaborative learning under the supervision of re-known academics and experts from different Universities and Research Centres.
The Summer School is promoted by the University of Padova – Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World, Italy and is offered in cooperation with the University of Paris - Versailles St. Quentin, France.
The initiative has been designed in the framework of the existing cooperation activities that partner institutions have undertaken in the field of cultural history.
The course will be held in Padova, Italy, and last one week. Classes commence on September 19th and end on September 24th 2016.
Submission deadline has been extended
The call for application is open from June 1st 2016 to July 7th 2016.
Applications are due by July 7th 2016.
Course recognition and accreditation
For the University of Padova, the School will lead to the award of 2 ECTS credits.
The Summer School consists of a six day course (36 hours); it is taught in English (and possibly in French) in two modules. The first part includes overview lectures, both theoretical and methodological. In the second part invited speakers will present a selection of case studies and the most recent research results in the field. The program will include field trips to sites of particular interest (for example the Pre-cinema Museum, Collection Zotti Minici). Successful applicants will be expected to actively participate in the seminars, discussions and laboratories, based on their own experience. Based on regular attendance of the course, students will be awarded two ECTS credits.
The School is open to a maximum of 25 participants,,12 of whom may be awarded a scholarship on a competitive basis. The selection criteria are indicated below.
A good command of English (and possibly French) is required. The course is intended primarily for graduate and post-graduate students, PhD candidates, and young researchers having an academic or professional interest in the relationship between media and politics in historical perspective.
Course objectives and general overview
The Summer School in Communicating Politics. Media, Communication, Activism from the French Revolution to the present is held in Padua, Italy; it aims to create an international learning environment which will allow participants to be actively involved in workshops and seminars and to experience innovative methods of collaborative learning under the supervision of renowned academics and experts from Universities and Research Centres in Italy, Switzerland and France.
The programme will give historical insight into the relationship between media and politics, examining the period from the French Revolution to the present, as well as different geographical areas. Participants will be introduced to various methodologies and approaches to the mediatisation of politics (and its implications), and to the transformation of political activism in relation to old and new media. The purpose of the Summer School is to examine how the study of these interrelationships can increase knowledge in Media History and Political History.
While the three promoting centres share a strong historical orientation with a focus on Cultural History and Cultural Studies, we welcome applications from other disciplines, including Art History, Sociology, Media Studies, and Political Science. The course challenges participants to commit themselves to a critical research approach, combining different fields of study, chronologies and geographical spaces, and fostering open dialogue among experts from a variety of scientific and academic backgrounds.
This call for applications seeks original contributions to topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- mediatisation of politics and democratization processes;
- intermediality issues (all kinds of media will be taken into account : photography, cinema, audiovisual media, Internet, social networks…);
- redefinition of political actors and their actions (i.e. State and non-state institutional actors; individuals; local and global networks).
Selection of participants will be based on their academic potential, past relevant experiences and personal motivation.
Participants who wish to opt for a scholarship must specify their interest in their letter of motivation or the e-mail message they use to attach all their supporting materials (Curriculum vitae, Motivation letter). Scholarships cover tuition fees (80 Euros), daily accommodation at University colleges; dinners at University canteens; a lump sum for covering the travel costs from and to the University of Padua (up to a maximum of 100 Euros).
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