The Engaging Conflict Summer School 2015

The Engaging Conflict Summer School is organized by Torino World Affairs Institute in cooperation with the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin (Venue: 6-17 July 2015, Torino, Italy). Summer schools on conflict and conflict-related issues are mostly concentrated in Northern Europe, while in Italy courses on such topics are meant mainly as professionalizing tools aimed at non-academic audiences.

The Engaging Conflict Summer School addresses three core questions:

1/ What is conflict? Conceptualizing and understanding conflict:

  • Conflict as a concept; conflict as discourse,
  • What differentiates conflicts of different kinds, what are their constitutive components (actors, dynamics, duration, etc.)?
  • When, where and why do such different kinds of conflict occur? What implications are attached to different kinds of conflict?

2/ How does conflict work? Causes and dynamics of conflict:

  • Causes: the politics of identity, the role of religion, territory, mobilization mechanisms,
  • Sustainability: the economy of conflict,
  • Broader issues: ethnicity; gender and conflict; regional aspects and peculiarities.

3/ How can we influence conflict? Intervening on conflict, and possible outcomes:

  • Conflict prevention (vs. the implications of “give war a chance”), early warning and monitoring,
  • Mediation, negotiation and third-party involvement,
  • Peacebuilding and its implications; conflict and development nexus.

The program is structured around 2 intensive weeks.

Engaging Conflict activities are not limited to lectures, as workshops, seminars and roleplays complete the schedule. In addition, specifically designed thematic conversations will offer participants the opportunity to interact with scholars and practitioners alike in an informal environment.


- a Bachelor honours degree,

- good command of the English language (a minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test), IELTS 7.0 or their equivalent (e.g. the Cambridge Advanced),

- undergraduate students, who are enrolled in a international relations/security studies programme.

Tuition fees are 500 € (students, or recently graduated former students only may apply for three types of scholarships).

Applicants must send their CV at:, and complete the online application form. No application will be accepted after Friday 22nd May 2015, 5 pm (Rome time). For additional information, please see the official webpage.