Convening 10 giugno 2013
Summer School – From the Polis to the City: Perspectives on Global Justice

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), sponsored by the U.S. – Italy Fulbright Commission. The seminar is affiliated with Pragsia (Public Reasoning and Global Society in Action), a research center of the University of Milano-Bicocca. The co-organizers are Marina Calloni (social and political philosophy) and Eileen Hunt Botting (political theory).

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 meetings 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 by 25 May 2013 at:

The cost of attending the 6 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 write a paper after the summer school concludes. 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. The language of the Summer School is English.


Directors: Prof. Marina Calloni (University of Milano-Bicocca) and Prof. Eileen Hunt Botting (University of Notre Dame).

Scientific Committee: Dr. Lorenzo Bagnoli (Università di Milano-Bicocca), Prof. Elena dell’Agnese (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Borderscapes), Dr. Stefano Marras (Università di Milano-Bicocca), Dr. Tanja Sekulic, (Università di Milano-Bicocca, Etnicos), Dr. Paolo Costa (Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento), Dr. Debora Tonelli (Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento), Dr. Michele Salonia (Università di Milano-Bicocca), Dr. Giorgia Serughetti (University of Milano-Bicocca).

Scientific Secretary: Dr. Giorgia Serughetti
Tutors: Dr. Michele Salonia.

The Border Crossing Seminar (BCS) is hosted by the:
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, 8
I – 20126 Milano

For information:

Tel.: +39 02 6448 7585


The Border Crossing Seminar is financed by the Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (University of Notre Dame).

The BCS is under the auspices of the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission and recognized by the program Milano Summer School, promoted by the Municipality of Milan.

The BCS is an initiative promoted within the frame of the project “Political Imagination and Borders. Citizens and Strangers”, financed by the Ministry of Education, Research and University (PRIN 2009), and the Departmental Research Center Pragsia:

The BCS is supported by the: University of Cork (Ireland), University Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany), University of Łódź (Poland), University of Palermo – Doctoral School in Cultural Studies, University of Rzeszów (Poland), Vassar College (USA), Fondazione per la Citttadinanza Attiva (Rome), Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento) International Geographical Union – Commission on Political Geography.

The Border Crossing Seminar is under the auspices of:
The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission

The Research Seminar Cities, Streets, and Foods is organized in collaboration with Expo 2015 S.p.A.