EUniWell - Call for Participants

EUniWell posterMigrants 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 and new political subjects and possibilities of social transformation.

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

The Winter School will take place from 10 January to 4 February online and with a final event in-person in Florence, Italy (3-4 February 2022).  

Event overview

Topics will include the politics of diversity in European cities; social work, precariousness and anti-racism; alliances and solidarities between migrants and non-migrants; historical perspectives on migration, diversity and inclusion; law, migration and urban marginality and other key topics. The sessions will adopt lenses from law, anthropology, history, social policy, 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.

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 blended closing workshop and academic conference hosted by the University of Florence in Italy on 3 and 4 February 2022. Groups will be able to present their projects here. Distinguished academic speakers will be announced.

The course is free to attend. Travel bursaries are available for each selected participants to attend the final event at the University of Florence.

The language of instruction will be English.

Eligibility and how to apply

Masters and PhD students from law, humanities, social sciences or other related disciplines affiliated to a EUniWell university (University of Birmingham, University of Cologne, Leiden University, University of Nantes, Semmelweis University and Linneaus University) and practitioners associated to a partner organisation are invited to apply. You should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in academic work on migration and diversity.

Please send us a one-page statement (maximum 500 words) outlining your motivation to apply, your current research interest and/or research experience, and some background information about yourself. Please also send us your CV and a scan of your highest academic degree. 

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.


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 7 diverse universities and 102 associate partners drawn from 7 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 project manager Paladia Ziss.