CIVICA Summer School 2021

CIVICA Summer School 2021

Pandemics and Power: Redefining solidarity after COVID-19 12-16 July 2021 Villa Vigoni, Menaggio (Lake Como, Italy)
  • CIVICA Summer School 2021 - 12-16 July 2021 Villa Vigoni (Lake Como, Italy)CIVICA Summer School 2021 - 12-16 July 2021 Villa Vigoni (Lake Como, Italy)

CIVICA, the European University of Social Sciences, invites doctoral and early career researchers from the CIVICA network to an interdisciplinary summer school focusing on the effect that pandemics, and in particular the COVID-19 pandemic, have had on power structures and solidarity.

The summer school will be organised around a mix of guest lectures, presentations by doctoral researchers, and interdisciplinary, thematic panels. The week will launch with a high-level discussion chaired by President of Bocconi University Mario Monti, former Prime Minister of Italy and former European Commissioner.

The aim of the summer school is twofold: to enrich research perspectives through debate across disciplines, and to encourage networking among CIVICA scholars specialising in social and political sciences, law and humanities. Participants will also be encouraged to participate with an eye towards eventual publication of their work.

Summer school themes

  1. European governance: changing power structures in light of the COVID-19 Crisis?
  2. Gender and social solidarity
  3. Democracy and “expertise”
  4. Pandemic and digital surveillance
  5. Looking outwards: COVID-19 and international cooperation 
  6. Public health and private power


Researchers selected to attend will have the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from participating academics from across the CIVICA network. Attendance in all sessions is mandatory; students will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.

For any further information, please contact summerschool.civica[at]

Application and fees

Doctoral and early career researchers (within one year of completion of their PhD at the time of application) affiliated with CIVICA network institutions are invited to apply.

Applicants must provide a short CV and a 500 word abstract of the paper they intend to present, as well as a reference letter from their supervisor.

The summer school is free of charge for CIVICA Early Stage Researchers. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the participants’ universities of origin according to CIVICA rules.

Applications to be submitted to summerschool.civica[at] by 15 April 2021 at 5pm (CET).


The conference, as well as meals and lodging, will take place at Villa Vigoni, located in Menaggio on the shores of Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy.

COVID-19 measures

Should the epidemiological conditions not permit on-site participation, the summer school will be held remotely. Arrangements for a blended conference format are also foreseen for speakers or researchers who cannot make it to the venue due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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