Summer school 2013

Call for Applications for graduate students to attend The Border Crossing Seminar: an international political theory conference and summer school, 10-15 June 2013, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy.

The Border Crossing Seminar is a joint program between The University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), and the University of Notre Dame (USA). The co-organizers are Marina Calloni (political philosophy, University of Milano-Bicocca) and Eileen Hunt Botting (political theory, University of Notre Dame).

The theme of the June 2013 seminar is From the Polis to the City: Perspectives on Global Justice.  This conference and school, for faculty and students, is the second meeting of “The Border Crossing Seminar”.

This year’s seminar examines the evolution of the city within European and non-European political theory and practice, from the polis of the ancient Greeks, to the cosmopolis of contemporary theories of global justice, to the present diversity of the city of Milan.  We will explore how the urban space of the modern city reflects or reinforces its peoples’ perspectives on national and international justice. We will look at the contemporary issue of migration to and from European cities, and how it affects social justice at national, European Union, and global levels. Milan itself will be our primary case study. Walking tours of the city’s cultural and urban spaces, and personal interviews with local people, are part of the experiential learning component of the seminar. The seminar will feature lectures by expert faculty from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Milano-Bicocca, and other universities from around the globe, in fields such as political theory, political philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, and geography.

Graduate students, at the master’s or doctoral level, should apply to participate at by 1 April 2013.

The provisional schedule of speakers and events will be published by 1 February 2013 at

The cost of attending the 5 day seminar is 150 Euros for non-EU graduate students and 25 Euros for EU graduate students.  Inexpensive and convenient university housing will be available for admitted students. Students will give apresentation and write a paper at the end of the summer school. The summer school’s scientific committee must approve the topics. Regarding the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, the Summer School recognizes 3 credits (CFU) for Italian MA students of the University of Milano-Bicocca and analogous credits to Erasmus students.A certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants when they complete the requirements of the summer school.

The students and faculty in the seminar will publish their work in an annual e-book with the imprint of the University of Milano-Bicocca.