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Culture and politics - New forms of engagement in the Mediterranean area (2000-2022)

Learn more about contemporary cultural representations (Italian, French, Spanish) that have been created in an attempt to restore art to a public and political role

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
2 May - 7 July 2023

Main topics addressed

  • Gender issue and struggle for sexual minority rights (LGTBQIA+)
  • Crisis, precarity, social vulnerability
  • New forms of activism and political militancy
  • Ecology and defense of biodiversity

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and insight into the most recent political, social and cultural movements in Mediterranean Europe.
  • Learning interdisciplinary theoretical tools that enable students to read and interpret contemporary cultural works from a political perspective.
  • Ability to distinguish ideological, post-ideological and neo-ideological dominants in artistic works (literature, cinema, TV series).
  • Insight into issues of great relevance to civil society from a purely cultural perspective: gender issue, labor and social precarity, new forms of militancy, ecology and biodiversity.
  • Regarding the methodology of university work, it will be beneficial for students to work in a virtual space that connects them with students from other sociocultural realities that are part of CIVIS.
  • During in-person meetings, students will be enabled to develop skills related to teamwork, with people from different countries and cultures. 
Dates: 2 May - 7 July 2023 Total workload: 122 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 4
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France Language: English (B2) 

Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 

This Blended Intensive Programme is composed of 4 online lessons that will be running during the month of May and a 5-day summer school at Aix-Marseille Université, in Aix-en-Provence, France, from 3 to 7 July 2023.

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will be running for 5 days, it will take place from 3 to 7 July 2023. More information about the dates will be coming soon. 

It will be a one week of laboratory sessions that will serve the students to deepen their knowledge of the subject, interact with each other, work in groups, and produce and improve the final paper on which they will be evaluated. This part of the project will take place in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running in from 2 to 31 May 2023.

Each lesson will be structured as follows:

  • A theoretical introduction, presentation of models and conceptual grids useful in addressing the theme of the lesson;
  • In-depth presentation of a first case study (related to one of the three cultural areas the project focuses on-France, Italy, Spain);
  • In-depth presentation of a second case study (related to a different area than the previous example);
  • Q&A with students.

Students will be provided well in advance with all the lecture materials they need to work on to better understand the week's lesson. They will be asked to read and prepare some questions to animate the dialogue and discussion part between trainers and students.

The work between lessons is important because it allows students to improve their study autonomy, assimilation of knowledge and actively contribute (through the preparation of questions) to the development of the lesson.


This course is open to Master's and PhD students at CIVIS member universities enrolled in the following fields of study or related: cultural representations, Italian studies, French studies, Spanish studies.

Basic knowledge of European political and cultural history is required. 

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Application process

Interested students should apply by filling in the online application form by 28 February 2023. 

Students' applications will be evaluated based on the motivation letter and the CV.

Apply here


The assessment will take place in Aix-en-Provence, France. Following face-to-face lectures and workshop sessions, students should arrive with a semi-final paper of 5/6 pages, which they can work on again in workshop sessions. The last day will be devoted to papers and evaluation. 

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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This Blended Intensive Programme will be taught by professors from CIVIS member universities.

Aix-Marseille Université

  • Carlo Baghetti
  • Francesca Manzari
  • Claudio Milanesi

Universidad Autónoma Madrid

  • David Becerra Mayor
  • Lorenzo Bartoli

University of Lausanne

  • Cyril François
  • Vivian Poltrier

Sapienza Università di Roma

  • Franca Sinopoli

Université libre de Bruxelles

  • Claudio Gigante

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

  • Gerassimos Pagratis

Stockholm University

  • Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez