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Metamorphosis in a changing world

Understand key concepts of Metamorphosis by exploring the role of culture and heritage in social transformation.

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
Course dates
28 June - 10 July

We live in an age of constant adaptation and transformation to one’s culture. Cultural attachments and connections tie us to a place and/or a shared set of cultural symbols such as language, cities, buildings or works of art. It is no longer possible to stay in a single geographical or cultural cluster given the enormous diversity around the world. Yet, it is possible to remain attached to one’s own seminal bonds, while living in a globalised cultural world and profit from the diversity that it offers.

« Metamorphosis in a changing world, the role of culture and heritage in society’s transformation”, is an intensive school programme that consists of a two-week series of daily lectures, seminar, group work and workshops, and will focus on Multiculturalism through a shared language: the Lusophony case.

Taking the concept of Metamorphosis, as presented by Edgar Morin, this course aims to generate a wide reflection on culture(s) and heritage(s), through different geographical contexts and its different cultures, hoping to create new reasoning that will allow bridges between disciplines.

The programme will be structured around several lectures by academics from CIVIS member universities, as well as through practical work studios aimed at promoting student’s teamwork.

The main theme of this first session aims to create an interdisciplinary network of students and academics, to reflect on contemporary subjects related to Metamorphosis, questioning the status quo and seeking new ideas and guidelines to promote a better community living world.
This two-week intensive programme is meant to be the first of a series of four that will take place from 2021 to 2023.

Programme of the course

  • Week 1 - one full-day seminar + lectures and teamwork + one full-day workshop

  • Week 2 - daily lectures and teamwork + closing workshop

Online participation will be possible during both the seminar and workshop days.

Duration of the course: 2 weeks

Course format: physical*

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France

Language: English

Nb of students accepted: 20

Nb of CIVIS scholarships offered: 10

*Subject to review, depending on the development of the current global pandemic. If overseas travelling and in-person teaching are not advisable, the entire course may be transferred online.

Study level

Open to BA, MA and Phd students

Field of studies

Literature, language, arts, architecture, cultural studies, sociology, political sciences, and neighbouring subjects.


This course is open to students from CIVIS member universities and external institutions based in Europe and Africa.*
*Please note that students from the CIVIS alliance will be prioritised. 

Ernestine Carreira

Ernestine Carreira is graduated by Ecole Normal Supérieure with Degree and Master in Portuguese Studies by University of Paris IV – Sorbonne (1987), PhD by École des Hautes Etudes en Scienses Sociales (1993). Since 1993 she teaches at University of Aix-Marseille, where she is, currently, the Director of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department. Since 2017 she is the Chairman of the Board of the Chair Eduardo Lourenço (AMU/Instituto Camões/M.A.E. Portugal). Since 2009 she is Appointed Member of Consultative Council of the Consulate General of Portugal in Marseille. Besides, she has a great experience with international research projects and lectures, dozens of academic publications, including books chapters, collective publications, scientific journals, communications, and exhibitions.

Adriana Coelho Florent

Adriana Coelho Florent, born in São Paulo (Brazil), is graduated in Foreign Languages, Literature and Civilizations by the University of Provence – Aix Marseille I (1986). At the same institution she completed her master in LLCE-Portuguese (1988) and her PhD in Roman Studies (1999). Between 1995 and 2010, she had teaching experience at the University of Nice and at the University of Paris – Saint Denis. Since 2010 she is a professor (Maître de conferences) at the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department of the University of Aix-Marseille, where she is also Director of Studies. Besides, she has great experience with research, and several academic publications, which includes books chapters, scientific journals, and participation in international colloquia, mainly about Culture and Literature of Portuguese-speaking world.

Cristina Castelo Branco

Cristina Castelo Branco, born in Lisbon, graduated in architecture by Porto School of Architecture (Porto, 1994), post-graduated in Urban Design by ISCTE (Lisbon, 1997), PhD in Architecture by Coimbra University (Coimbra, 2020). In 1998 she created the atelier Lema Barros + Castelo Branco with internationally awarded projects (finalists of the 2006 FAD awards.) In 2005, she accepted an invitation to become Urbanism Counsellor in Torres Vedras City Council (where she creates the Municipal Project Office, launches the program for the discovery and defense of architecture and heritage, “Kit for the Defense of Heritage”. In 2012 she starts her doctoral thesis, the same year that she moves to France, to Aix-en-Provence, where she installs an architecture studio, teaching at the University Aix Marseille in addition to project practice. Researcher at the (EU)ROPA - Rise of Portuguese Architecture: Fundamentals, Platform, Progression, european research project, since 2018.Since 2015, she teaches in the three-year and master's degree courses in the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department of AMU.

Ana Corga Vieira

Ana Corga Vieira, graduated in Portuguese Studies and specialized in foreign language teaching (Universidade Nova de Lisboa - FCSH) is a Lecturer of Portuguese Language and Culture for Camões, Portuguese Institut for Cooperation and Language. She currently teaches language and culture subjects in bachelor and master’ degrees at the Université libre de Bruxeles and at the University of Antwerp, following some years of experience in Guinee Bissau and Democratic Republic of Congo, which included the coordination and collaboration in capacity building projects for teachers. She also directs the Portuguese Language Centre in Brussels, which includes developing and implementing cultural projects as preferential vehicle for a plurilingual and pluricultural competence.

Elena Ippoliti

Elena Ippoliti, graduated in Architecture (cum laude), PhD in Surveying and Representation of Built Environment, Associate Professor (qualified as full professor) at Sapienza University of Roma, Department of History, Representation and Restoration of Architecture - SDRA.
She teaches in the three-year and master's degree courses in Architecture, in Design and in the PhD in History, Representation and Restoration of Architecture. In recent years, she has oriented her research towards critical reflection and experimental investigation on the use of digital technologies for the enhancement of cultural heritage. In particular, she dealt with the definition of visual languages for knowledge, communication and use of cultural heritage values. Since 2015 she is in fact director of the Master in "Communication of cultural heritage" (Sapienza, SDRA Department) which since 2018 has been included in the DTC Lazio Center of Excellence.

She is the Director of editorial series published by Franco Angeli "Forme del Disegno"; she is a member of scientific and editorial committees of magazines and series, scientific committees and organizers of national and international conferences, congresses and exhibitions.

Laura Farroni

Laura Farroni, graduated in Architecture (cum laude), PhD in Surveying and Representation of Built Environment, Researcher (qualified as professor) at Roma Tre University, Department of Architecture.
She teaches in the three-year and master's degree courses in Architecture and she is a member of the Collegio of the PhD in Architecture: Innovation and Heritage of Roma Tre. She deals with theoretical and applied research at the Survey and Digital Technologies Laboratory of the RilTec, Department of Architecture of Roma Tre. The themes concern Digital heritage and Visual Studies for documentation and informative activities. Some interest is the relationship between the idea of the project and its representation from centuries past to today, visual communication and techniques for enhancing the image.

She has participated as a speaker in many conferences and she is the author of numerous publications, including the monograph “L'arte del disegno a Palazzo Spada. L'astrolabium catoptrico gnomonicum di Emmanuel Maignan”, 2019, Roma: De Luca Editori d'Arte.

Applicants should send their CV and a short outline of their approach to Multiculturalism through a shared language: the Lusophony case (Dialogues Europe / Africa 1.000 words) as well as a cover letter indicating their motivation.

Applicants must be willing to work in an international environment and to engage in teamwork from day one and throughout the whole course.
All application material should be sent to (by clicking on apply now).

Application deadline: 30 April 2021


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