01 Set 2019 00:00

Summer School “Uncovering Pathways of Change along the Belt and Road”

San Servolo

Our purpose is training young scholars and practitioners for a critical and ethically grounded study of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The School draws from the concept of cosmopolitanism and its vision of a global community of fate, committed to overcoming anthropogenic threats to the survival and thriving of natural ecosystems and human civilization. Trainees will uncover potentials and shortcomings of the BRI in fostering change towards this goal, by exploring four inter-related pathways: political economy, environmental sustainability, science and technology, citizenship and participation.

The School’s learning outcomes span across the cognitive, emotional, and relational spheres. The first regards theoretical and empirical knowledge: the School will provide trainees with tools to comprehend the sociological category of cosmopolitanism and its relevance for the study of BRI. They will be given access to state-of-the art scholarship on BRI’s current and foreseen impacts on global political economy and socioeconomic development, environmental sustainability, science and technology, and about its influence on public participation and political institutions. Besides, trainees will experience first-hand innovative learning and facilitation processes, based on a co-creation approach. On the emotional level, the School will provide trainees with a unique possibility to unearth sources of inspiration related to their professional and individual engagement with the BRI. This inner-drive will hopefully contribute to the establishment of a forward-looking community of young scholars and practitioners, sharing a common ethical commitment.

All-but-dissertation MA students, PhD students, and Post-docs are all eligible to apply. The Summer School warmly welcomes practitioners from the private, public, and non-governmental sectors.
Your application must contain (a) a curriculum vitae, complete with lists of symposia attended and publication list (if any); and (b) a cover letter (max. 300 words) stating your motivations for joining the School and your expectations about it. Your CV and cover letter should be sent in pdf format to Silvia Casalini at by 23:59 of May, 6, 2019.

Contacts: Silvia Casalini –


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