The Summer School 2015: Citizens Resilience in Times of Crises

The Summer School will take place in Florence at the European University Institute from the 5th to the 11th of July 2015 and will address fundamental issues such as: "How do people respond to crises in general and to the current economic crisis in particular?", "What strategies are developed to cope with the crisis in the public and in the private domain, collectively and individually, and through policies, protests and individual behaviors?",  "What forms of resilience does society show in hard times?"

The Summer School is open to 20 graduate students as well as early career researchers throughout Europe and beyond with a specialized interest in participation and mobilization during periods of crises in different fields of study, including political science, political sociology, political communication, and political anthropology. The Summer School has no fees and will provide welcome drinks and a farewell dinner, academic materials, and the use of library, computing and internet facilities. Travel and accommodation costs are not included, however the LIVEWHAT project can offer five travel and accommodation grants (€700 each) to selected participants.

Applicants should email a cover letter (i.e. 2 pages) in which they explain how the Summer School would be beneficial to their research, a 500-word abstract of a proposed academic paper, and a CV to:

The deadline for applications is the 15th of December 2014.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email no later than 30th of January. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 10 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list. Participants to the Summer School will be required to write and submit a7000-8000 word paper before 1st June. The paper will be presented during the Summer School, providing a unique experience for discussion and feedback. English will be the working language and therefore students are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

For more information about the application procedure and academic program, please contact the Summer School organizing committee at