Cultures, Migrations, Borders - MigBord2016

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - Department of Social Anthropology and History
4 Jul 2016 to 15 Jul 2016

International Summer School

 “Cultures, Migrations, Borders”

Plomari, Lesvos, 4 – 15 July 2016

The “University of the Aegean Summer Schools” are supported by the project «The University of the Aegean, the prominent and driving factor for the economic and social growth of the wide Aegean area» of the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning”, which is co-funded by European Union (European Social Fund) and National Resources.


For final year undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students,

researchers and professionals in the social sciences


 Extension of Application Deadline until 15 June 2016!


For the fifth year the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean and the Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam welcome applications for the Postgraduate International Summer School ‘CULTURES, MIGRATIONS, BORDERS’ that will take place on the border island of LESVOS, GREECE, from 4 to 15 JULY 2016.


The broader socioeconomic and political transformations in Africa and Asia have recently resulted in increased migration flows to Greece and, more generally, to Europe. Being at the crossroads of populations and cultures the islands of Eastern Aegean have served as one of the entry “gates” to Europe. In this context, and especially in connection to the current crisis, border crossings have become the focus of intense debates as they are intertwined with issues of culture and identity formation, the European Union and state policy, and constructions of 'otherness'. By drawing on an increasing interest in the study of cultures, migrations and borders, our Summer School examines how migrations shape and are shaped by processes of boundary formation in a variety of cultural encounters.

The Summer School aims at bringing together students and researchers in humanities and social sciences with an interest in border and migration. The program is designed to combine theoretical instruction by renowned instructors from six universities with various on-site activities

The North Eastern Aegean island of LESVOS provides an ideal location for holding this Summer School, as it is currently the most important gate of immigrants and refugees to Greece and Europe and the site of a massive humanitarian intervention. The Summer School takes place at the height of the 'European Refugee Crisis' and in times of radical transformations and the reconfiguration of borders in national and international levels. The program aims to address political, ethical and theoretical questions in this challenging landscape. 


The program of the course is structured around five thematic axes:

a. Theoretical and methodological issues in the study of migration and borders.

b. Institutional and political aspects of the migratory condition.

c. People on the move: immigrant groups, refugees and host communities.

d. Cross-cultural encounters across borders and interactions of host/immigrant on the border.

e. The politics of humanitarian aid and the 'refugee crisis'.


Along with the seminars, the program includes two fieldtrips; one to Mytilene and the other to Ayvalik. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience the reality of border crossing from Greece (Mytilene) to Turkey (Ayvalik), interact with citizens on the island assisting refugees and meet asylum seekers.

While acquainting themselves with the reality of migration on an Aegean island, participants will develop research skills and learn how to place their findings within wider local and global processes. Doctoral students and researchers will also have the opportunity to present their work at the PhD/Reseach Seminars.

The Summer School includes also the public screening of films on migration and border-crossing. 


Please note that there will be several scholarships available for the Summer School participants.

More information on scholarships at: How to Apply - Fees

The Deadline for Scholarship Applications has expired!


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 Photo by Michael Bakas