Call for Participants

Migrants have formed a substantial part of many European societies for centuries. Yet, over the past three decades, the size, speed, and spread of human mobility has grown in significance.

These accelerated changes are transforming local communities and the dynamics and politics of diversity at destination, as well as at origin. Cities are the primary destination of migrants and where migration-driven diversity is occurring at a faster pace. They are also strategic sites for the formation of new types of identities and communities that stretch across national borders and new political subjects and possibilities of social transformation.

At the 2023 MADEINEUROPE Summer School on Migration and Diversity in European Cities, we approach these changes and dynamics through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on migration, diversity and inclusion. The Summer School is organised by six European universities part of the EUniWell Network and led by Professor Nando Sigona, director of the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity.

The Summer School will take place from 29 May to 30 June 2023 and includes online lectures, seminars, workshops and mentoring and a final in-person event in Nantes (France) on 29-30 June 2023. 

Event overview

Topics will include the politics of diversity in European cities; the European governance of asylum and immigration; social work, precarious work and labour exploitation; anti-racist activism and the alliances and solidarities between migrants and non-migrants; historical perspectives on migration, diversity and inclusion; the interfaces of migration and urban marginality; the nexus between gender and migration; the role of transnational diasporic connections; the use of participatory and visual methodologies in migration studies and other key topics.

The sessions will adopt lenses from law, anthropology, history, social policy, international relations, human geography, social work, and sociology, and discuss a range of methodological approaches. We will focus primarily on European cities but always be attentive to the transnational connections and global networks that connect them to the world, especially to the Mediterranean region.

Over the course of four weeks, 25 selected participants will access four hours of lectures and live seminars each week, all to take place online. Each participant will receive a one-to-one mentoring session to support their academic and career planning. Students will also be divided into small groups and develop group projects, supported by tutorials with a dedicated mentor.

Participants will be able to meet in-person at a closing workshop and academic conference hosted by the University of Nantes. Groups will present their projects here. Distinguished academic speakers will be announced.

The language of instruction will be English.

Eligibility and how to apply

The Summer School is open to postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level) from law, humanities, social sciences or other related disciplines affiliated to EUniWell universities (University of Birmingham, University of Cologne, University of Florence, Linneaus University, University of Murcia, Nantes University, Semmelweis University, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, and University of Konstanz) and practitioners associated to a EUniWell associated partners. We encourage and welcome the participation of applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Please note that the call for participants has now closed.


The course is free to attend. Bursaries contributing to travel and subsistence costs up to €400 will be available for selected participants to attend the final event at the University of Nantes.


MADEINEUROPE is a project in association with and funded by EUniWell, the European University of Well-Being of the Council of the European Union. EUniWell unites 9 diverse universities and 102 associate partners drawn from 9 distinct regions of Europe. EUniWell’s mission is “to understand, improve, measure, and rebalance the well-being of individuals, our own community, and society as a whole based on our joint values – democratic, inclusive, diverse, research and challenge-based, inter- and transdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and co-creational.”

For further information, please contact MADEINEUROPE Programme Manager Dr Stefano Piemontese, e-mail:

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