Convening 25 May 2020 Venice (Italy) Summer School Application
Communities and the Individual: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Divide

Venice Summer School May 25th – 29th, 2020 | Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Online learning

Please note that due to the current developments regarding COVID-19 (Corona Virus) in Italy and the difficult situation that we are all facing during this emergency, all the activities and lessons of the Venice Summer School 2020 will be transferred online. As such, we encourage all people willing to apply to do so. All accepted candidates will be contacted by e-mail regarding the teaching methods used and will be informed on how to participate in the conference.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Summer School “Communities and the Individual: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Divide” is organized by the Department of Asian and North African Studies at the University of Ca’ Foscari in collaboration with Reset Dialogues on Civilizations.

The School will investigate in-depth the ways in which communities are constructed and examine the role of language and alterity play in their shaping. By looking closely at sub-national identities and linguistic, ethnic, and religious minorities in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, it will focus in particular on how modern nation-states engage with issues of difference and integration.

Students will consider and write about how current tendencies towards populism put at risk religious identities, pluralism, and minority rights. They will actively participate in intercultural understanding and communication through workshops with international practitioners and civil society stakeholders. They will work in small teams under the supervision of professional instructors and will be tasked with turning their research essays into a publishable piece of writing for the general public.


Lecture Topics:

  1. The Social Construction of Communities
  2. Language, Culture and Communities
  3. Identities and Transculturalism
  4. Social Ontology and Communities
  5. Postcolonial Communities
  6. Communities in Contemporary China
  7. Muslim Communities
  8. Communitarianism in India

Workshop Topics:

  1. Social Constructionism and Transculturalism
  2. Individualism and Communities
  3. Communities in a Comparative Perspective

All enrolled students are going to be assigned to one of the three workshops.

In the workshops, students work on one specific topic and prepare a short presentation to be given in the last session of the Seminars on Saturday on May 30th.


Presentation during the Seminars and attendance (40%); final paper to be submitted three weeks after the end of the summer school (60%).


University Credits:

Students will work for a total of 150 hours (6 ECTS), according to the Bologna Process for Higher Education. International students will gain a certificate of participation after the successful completion of the Summer School that they need to get recognized by their home institution. For Ca’ Foscari students enrolled at LICAAM, the Summer School will provide the equivalent of “attività sostitutiva di stage” upon presentation of a proper paper in which their role and participation in the Summer School is described.


Scientific Committee:

Coordinators: Francesca Tarocco (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and Volker Kaul (LUISS University/Reset DOC)

Committee: Giulia Baccini (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Stefano Beggiora (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), José Casanova (Georgetown University), Maria Cristina Paciello (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice).


Speakers & Faculty:

Giuliano Amato, Lisa Anderson, Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti, Daniele Brombal, Craig Calhoun, Marina Calloni, José Casanova, Alessandro Ferrara, Silvio Ferrari, Volker Kaul, Sudipta Kaviraj, Jonathan Laurence, Tiziana Lippiello, Chunrong Liu, Stephen Macedo, Avishai Margalit, Toshio Miyake, Amal Moussa, George Najib Awad, Awino Okech, David Rasmussen, Adam Seligman, Francesca Tarocco, Michael Walzer and others.


SUMMER SCHOOL ‘20 | Ca’ Foscari University of Venice | Application

25 – 30 May 2020




Application requirements:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A personal ID (Passport or National Identity Document).
  3. Reference names are appreciated but not indispensable.


Important: In order to receive the certificate of attendance of the Summer School, attendance to all lectures, workshops and conference speeches is mandatory.


The list of speakers may be subject to change. Participants will receive the final program of the Summer School.

For any additional information regarding the application process please write to Marco Lucidi:

For any additional information regarding logistics please write to Sofia De Benedictis:




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