Summer School – Rethinking the Culture of Tolerance in Italy

Deadline: 15 June 2018
Open to: European and International MA and PhD students
Venue: 17 – 23 September 2018 Milan, Italy


The fifth edition of the School will take place at the University of Milan-Bicocca in September 2018.

The School will be focused on the manifold questions of collective identities and nationalism, seen both as producing forms of solidarity based on group identification, but also as legitimizing violence through dynamics of inclusion/exclusion.

Contemporary politics continues to be shaped by the practices of ‘bordering, ordering, and othering’ inherent in the process of nation-state building. While this poses a great challenge to the project of a post-national Europe, one should not forget that the dramatic conflicts that marked the ‘short twentieth century’ were justified precisely on these grounds.

What is the legacy of these experiences? What lessons can be learned? How can the European Union respond to the ongoing radicalization of new forms of fascism and right-wing movements within the European public space?

The School will explore issues of reconciliation and of dealing with the past, drawing on the experience of post-WWII Europe and focusing on the political, social, juridical and psychological consequences of recent conflicts, particularly in reference to the legacy of the Yugoslav wars (1991-1999) and the current situation in the Middle East. Special attention will be devoted to the question of ‘perpetrators’ and the public acknowledgment of their criminal, political and moral responsibility as a crucial factor for the substantial reconciliation of societies that have experienced violent conflicts.

Lessons and workshops will combine different teaching methodologies, and the participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about radical forms of nationalism and their dangers, but also to think up creative ways of resisting and fighting against them within the frame of an emerging European space.


  • The School involves scholars coming from Italian, Bosnian-Herzegovinian and other regional and European universities, offering a platform for an intensive one-week training aimed at unpacking the multifarious and heuristic potential of the concept and practice of tolerance;
  • The School is open to European and International MA and Ph.D. students, postdocs and researchers;
  • MA and Ph.D. students from the University of Sarajevo, the University of East Sarajevo, and the University of Milan-Bicocca are particularly welcome to apply.


  • Participation in the fifth edition of the Summer School will be free of any charge for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania. All other participants will pay a tuition fee of EUR 250,00;
  • Travel and accommodation: Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses by themselves.

How to Apply?

Required documents to be uploaded in the application form.

  • CV;
  • Passport/ID card;
  • Motivation letter;

For more information please visit the official website.