CIVICA Summer School 2022

CIVICA Summer School 2022

Reconstructing Europe after Crises
11-15 July, 2022
Venue: Villa Vigoni, Menaggio (Lake Como, Italy)

Applications have closed.

CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences convenes a summer school aimed at bringing together early-stage researchers to foster an interdisciplinary reflection on the effect that crises, broadly defined, have on our understanding of the European Union, and Europe more generally, and how societies and individuals in Europe and beyond react to such crises.

The summer school will be organized with a mix of guest lectures and doctoral researchers’ presentations and discussions.

The overall aim of the summer school is to create a fruitful environment with occasions for both formal and informal fora to discuss and exchange ideas, so as to advance interdisciplinary debate and enrich participants’ perspectives. The creation of such social spaces is all the more fundamental given the isolation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, and its severe impact on junior researchers’ opportunities to liaise with other academics.

The summer school is aimed at scholars from across the social sciences (including political science, international relations, sociology, and economics) and the humanities (including law, history, and philosophy) in the CIVICA network.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by:

  • Professor Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University and former Prime Minister of Italy and former European Commissioner for Competition
  • Professor Viola Priesemann, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization Göttingen and University of Göttingen

Thematic lectures will be delivered by:

  • Professor Mark Dawson (Hertie School): “European Governance and the changing powers structures in times of crisis”
  • Professor Graziella Romeo (Bocconi University): “Gender and constitutional crises”
  • Professor Simon Rippon (Central European University): “Democracy and ‘expertise’ in times of crisis”
  • Professor Félix Tréguer (Sciences Po): “Pandemics and digital surveillance“
  • Professor Antonia Colibasanu (SNSPA): “Looking outwards – Covid and International Cooperation”
  • Professor Corinna Unger (EUI): “Environmental Crises in History”


The summer school will offer the opportunity to selected researchers to present their work and receive feedback from academics throughout the network, as well as to attend the lectures and the initial round table. Participation in all sessions is mandatory, and researchers will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the summer school.


The summer school is free of charge for participants. The costs for participants’ travel, accommodation, and meals are covered by their respective universities as part of the CIVICA agreement.

Location: Villa Vigoni

The summer school will be held in presence at Villa Vigoni, a beautiful study centre on the shores of Lake Como (Lombardy, Italy). Room and board will be provided for all participants by Villa Vigoni.

Villa Vigoni – German-Italian Centre for the European Dialogue is the sole binational German-Italian institution in Italy. Academic conventions, international conferences and cultural events make Villa Vigoni a place where Italy and Germany meet within the European framework. It serves as a space in in which new bodies of knowledge in scientific, politic, economic, and artistic fields are developed.

For any further information, please contact summerschool.civica(at)

How to apply

Applications are invited from early-stage researchers across the social sciences and humanities who are members of CIVICA universities.

Applicants must be either current doctoral researchers or postdocs who have completed their PhD between July 2020 and April 2022.

Applicants are asked to provide a short CV (max. two pages) and a 200-word letter of motivation to attend the summer school.

If applicants wish to present a paper, they should indicate so and provide a very brief summary (300 words) of the ideas they would like to develop.

A statement of support from the supervisor must be provided for doctoral researchers.

Postdoctoral researchers are asked to provide a statement of support from either their current mentor or their former PhD supervisor.

Applications have to be submitted by 4 April 2022, 12.00 pm CET, to summerschool.civica(at)


Eleanor Spaventa is Professor of EU law at the Department of Legal Studies, Bocconi University and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges); Eleanor is the Director of the Bocconi Lab in European Studies (BLEST) and the lead for Bocconi in the CIVICA network WP5 (Early Career Researchers). Eleanor's research focuses on the constitutional and substantive law of the European Union and in particular on EU fundamental rights, EU citizenship and Internal Market law.

Loïc Azoulai is Professor at Sciences Po Law School. He held the Chair of European Law at the European University Institute (Florence) from 2010 to 2015. He is a member of the Editorial boards of the Common Market Law Review and Revue trimestrielle de droit européen. His work is entirely devoted to the study of the laws of Europe. Among his recent publications are Constructing the Person in EU Law: Rights, Roles, Identities (Hart Publishing, 2016), «Infrastructural Europe: EU law and human life in times of the Covid-19 pandemic», Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo, n° 66, Mayo/Agosto 2020; “Solitude, community, and critique. Motives for a reshaping of EU Legal Studies”, Politique européenne n° 50.

Corinna R. Unger is Professor of Global and Colonial History (19th and 20th centuries) at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her research focuses on the history of development and decolonization, rural and environmental history, and the history of science. She serves as the Academic Coordinator of CIVICA’s Work Package 5: Training for Early Stage Researchers.


  • Antonia Colibasanu
  • Mark Dawson
  • Graziella Romeo
  • Simon Rippon
  • Félix Tréguer

Antonia Colibasanu is a full time lecturer at the National University for Political Studies and Public Administration, lecturing on geopolitics, geoeconomics and economic diplomacy, having a PhD in international business and economics. She is also a senior geopolitical analyst and Chief Operating Officer at Geopolitical Futures. Colibasanu has joined the Geopolitical Futures team in 2016, after working for more than 10 years with global analysis firm Stratfor in various positions, including Partner for Europe and Vice-President for International Marketing.

Mark Dawson is Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School in Berlin. His main area of interest is in the relationship between EU law and policymaking. He is currently the Principle Investigator of Leviathan, an ERC project exploring the accountability structure of EU economic governance.

Graziella Romeo is an Associate Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at Bocconi University, where she is also lead of the research stream on Democracy, Solidarity and Governance within the Bocconi Lab in European Studies. She has been Visiting Scholar and Guest Lecturer at Fordham University School of Law (New York) and at LSE. Her research interests lie in the area of constitutional theory, particularly in relation to constitutional reasoning and fundamental rights, including migrants’ and women’s rights.

Simon Rippon is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the School of Public Policy at Central European University (CEU). He specializes in moral and political philosophy, with particular interests in metaethics, bioethics, philosophy of public policy, propaganda and epistemology. He was a work package coordinator in the EU Horizon 2020 project ETHOS: Towards a European Theory of Justice. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard and he is a former Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (Oxford University).

Félix Tréguer is associate researcher at the CNRS Center for Internet and Society and postdoctoral fellow at CERI-Sciences Po. His research blends political history and theory, law as well as media and technology studies to look at the political history of the Internet and computing. He is a founding member of La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group dedicated to the defence of civil rights in relation to digital technologies.