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Ethics and morality in modern and contemporary media and transmedia storytelling

Analyse how the old and the new major forces of enjoyment and knowledge deeply influence modern culture from a moral and ethical point of view

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
  • CIVIS Hub 2
Course dates
20 - 29 June 2022

The Summer School provides a theoretical, critical, and historical grounding about media and transmedia storytelling in order to make students understand the connection between media and identity construction. The goal is to broaden the scholarly assessment of storytelling in old and new media; in other words, the Summer School wants to deepen the impact that old and new media have on the constitution of identity in relation to ethics and morality in today's world. 

Main topics addressed

  • Ethics and morality in old and new media
  • Connection between media and identity construction
  • Storytelling in old and new media
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • New media analysis
  • Complex tv
  • Transmedial adaptations
  • Moral environment

Learning outcomes

The CIVIS course will give the students the chance to deepen their knowledge about media and transmedia storytelling in order to access further studies and to improve their knowledge analysis competences of media scripts, transmedia books, and different palimpsests.

In terms of professional competencies and skills, the Summer School offers students the opportunity to understand, reflect and act upon the old and new communication media. In this respect, professors will introduce the latest concepts, theories, principles, and fundamental methods of research in communication and media studies, in a globalized social exchange of information. This CIVIS course is a valuable preparation for careers in various aspects of the media and arts.

Languages: English and Italian ECTS: 5* 
Format: Virtual Student workload: 85 hours

Contact hours: 40

*The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 

The CIVIS course will be running for 8 days, starting on 20 June 2022.


This virtual CIVIS course is open to Bachelor's and Master's students at one of the 10 CIVIS member universities. 

In order to understand the lessons, a good knowledge of English and a basic knowledge of Italian are required.

Application process

The application deadline is 30 April 2022.

Applicants should send an e-mail to with the following documents:

  • A motivation letter (no more than 1 page) or a motivation short video (no more than 5 minutes)
  • A copy of a valid ID or passport
  • A copy of their academic qualification

Candidates with a qualification obtained abroad (outside EU) should also send:

  • A copy of academic qualification translated into Italian or English legalized and accompanied by a Declaration of Value or the CIMEA Statement of comparability or a Diploma Supplement
  • A transcript of records


Students will be evaluated based on their participation in the lessons and related discussions, as well as based on the short project they will exhibit or record in the context of a flipped classroom.

The student will have 85 hours of individual workload. The first 60 hours will be spent by the students to read some books as well as to see video materials (in particular films and TV series, especially for the lessons concerning transmedia storytelling) that professors will indicate. The other 25 hours will take place after the synchronous lessons and will be devoted to the research needed for the final laboratory activities - flipped classroom).

Schedule of the course

Friday 17 June - Opening ceremony - 10:30 to 13:00 CET

  • Francesca Medaglia, Coordinator of the School (Sapienza Università de Roma), welcoming words
  • Franca Sinopoli, Faculty Academic Coordinator of International Mobility (CAM) (Sapienza Università de Roma),
  • Sarin Marchetti, Faculty responsible for CIVIS (Sapienza Università de Roma)
  • Carmen Rodríguez, Representative for internationalization (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Manuel Alcántara-Plá, CIVIS partner of the Summer School (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Sorin Costreie, Vice-rector for academic networks and public relations (University of Bucharest)
  • Romina Surugiu, Vice-dean for research and internationalization at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies (University of Bucharest)


  • Francesca Manzari, Faculty responsible for CIVIS  (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • Carlo Baghetti, CIVIS partner of the Summer School (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • Neil McDonnell, CIVIS partner of the Summer School (University of Glasgow)

Monday 20 June - 9:00 to 13:00 CET

  • Francesca Medaglia, introduction to the Summer School, “Ethics and morality in modern and contemporary media and transmedia storytelling”
  • Francesco Muzzioli, Sapienza Università di Roma, “Ideology and ethics of narration in the theoretical debate”

Social coffee break

  • Marcello Carlino, Sapienza Università di Roma, “Blessed are those people who have no need for heroes”

Tuesday 21 June - 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 18:00 CET

  • Neil McDonnell, University of Glasgow,Autonomy and Immersive Technology”

Social coffee break

  • Federica Perazzini, Sapienza Università di Roma, “The Discreet Charm of Victoriana: Ethics of Adaptation in Penny Dreadful and Frankenstein Chronicles”
  • Anja Boato and Damiano Garofalo, Sapienza Università di Roma, “Audience Allegiance and Political Positioning in La Casa de Papel and Squid Game

 Wednesday 22 June - 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to18:00 CET

  • Stefano Bragato, UZH - Universität Zürich, “Alberto Savinio: modern myths and ethical commitment”

Social coffee break

  • Stefano Ballerio, Università degli Studi di Milano Statale, “David and the Countervoices. Focalization, Subject, and Ethics in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace
  • Fabio Vittorini, IULM – Milano, “Ethics and morality in contemporary melodrama”

Thursday 23 June - 09:00 to13:00 and 16:00 to 18:00 CET

  • Adriana Stefanel, University of Bucharest, “The 2.0 Inner Enemy: populist (re)presentation of the Other in the online electoral campaigns and the outburst of the hate speech”

Social coffee break

  • Manuel Alcántara-Plá, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, “Emotions and Identity in Digital Discourses"
  • Carlo Baghetti, Aix-Marseille Université, “The caesura of 2001. Storytelling of a changing nation”

Friday 24 June - 09:00 to13:00 CET

  • Mark Chu, University College Cork, “Avenging Angels: Justice, Retribution and the Appeal to the Beast in Us”

Social coffee break

  • Francesca Medaglia, Sapienza Università di Romae, “‘Lucifer’ and ‘The Good Place’: The ethical reorganization of the Afterlife"

Monday 27 June - 09:00 to13:00 CET

  • Andrea Gialloreto, Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara, “Representations of mental distress in Italian fiction before and after the Basaglia law”

Social coffee break

  • Valentina Sturli, Università degli Studi di Padova, “The corpus delicti: paedophilia, Literature and the Media”

Tuesday 28 June - 09:00 to13:00 and 16:00 to17:00 CET

  • Davide Carnevale, Sapienza Università di Roma, “Rethinking Lovecraft: Ethical and Moral perspectives in Alan Moore’s Providence and Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country”

Social coffee break

  • Daniel Raffini, Sapienza Università di Roma, “Landscape storytelling and ecological ethics: the case of Gianni Celati”
  • Elisiana Fratocchi, Sapienza Università di Roma, “Writers, identity and transmedia of this millennium. The multiplication of possibilities”

Wednesday 29 June – Closing event - 08:30 to 13:30 CET

  • School tutor and Francesca Medaglia, flipped classroom about “Ethics and morality in modern and contemporary media and transmedia storytelling” 
  • Francesca Medaglia, Conclusion to the Summer School “Ethics and morality in modern and contemporary media and transmedia storytelling” 

General Eligibility Criteria for CIVIS Courses

Applicants need to be enrolled at their home university in order to be eligible for selection and participation.  If uncertain about your status at your home university (part-time or exchange students etc) please check with your home university’s website or International Office. 

Applicants who will be receiving other Erasmus funds for the duration of the course are not entitled to funding. Participation in the course may still be possible under “zero-grant” status, but applicants should contact their home university in order to confirm this. 

A list of links and contacts for each university can be found in this Q&A.

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  • Anja Boato, Marcello Carlino, Davide Carnevale, Elisiana Fratocchi, Damiano Garofalo, Francesca Medaglia, Francesco Muzzioli, Federica Perazzini, Daniel Raffini, Franca Sinopoli: professors from Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Manuel Alcántara-Plá, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Carlo Baghetti, Aix-Marseille Université
  • Stefano Ballerio, Università degli Studi di Milano Statale
  • Stefano Bragato, UZH - Universität Zürich
  • Mark Chu, University College Cork
  • Sorin Costreie, University of Bucharest
  • Andrea Gialloreto, Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara
  • Francesca Manzari, Aix-Marseille Université
  • Sarin Marchetti, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Neil McDonnell, University of Glasgow
  • Carmen Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Adriana Stefanel, University of Bucharest
  • Valentina Sturli, Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Romina Surugiu, University of Bucharest
  • Fabio Vittorini, IULM – Milano