In the domains of human and social sciences, borders are constructed artifacts that are externalized into the wider word to culturally organize and culturally shape human psychological functioning in relation to the environment. A person, or a group of people, constructs Borders to articulate, differentiate, or hierarchically integrated their relationship with the environment. The environment, in this sense, includes the self, other individuals, a group of people (e.g. society), the physical environment, etc., Therefore, a person, or a group of people, construct and impose borders on the world to make their relationship with themselves, with others, and with the physical environment less ambiguous. Meaning-making, distinction-making, and value-adding are the three processes for an individual’s construction of borders in mind and in society. Once these borders are established, those who have made them distinct and added- value to them then engage in the process of “border control”, or management, negotiation, and navigation of the meaningful, distinct, value-able border. Conversely, the borders that are constructed and imposed on the wider world engage in a process of regulating individual minds and larger societies—in fact they become naturalized givens in the wider world and regulate the same people that constructed them.
The Summer School is aimed at exploring from the theoretical and empirical point of view the concept of border in different disciplines, guiding advanced students and early stage researchers in the discovery of its heuristic power with the scaffolding of international scholars.
The Summer School addresses to advanced students (MA and PhD) and to early stage researchers in human and social sciences that have an interest in cultural phenomena and in psychological processes and a background in social sciences and humanities (e.g. psychology, sociology, philosophy, geography, history and education sciences). The working language will be English. After the Summer School will be provided a certificate that will be valid for the attribution of 4 ECTS by the University of origin.
The learning objectives focus on:
- the acquisition of theoretical knowledge about the concept of border and its multidisciplinary development;
- the application of the concept of border in human and social sciences;
- the capability of developing individual research projects on borders.
Venue and Registration:
The Summer School will take place in Salerno, a sea town of South Italy, placed between the wonderful Amalfi and Cilento coasts.
Activities will take place at University of Salerno and at Borgo di Terravecchia (http://www.borgoterravecchia.it), a Medieval village near Salerno, where the participants will be hosted in small apartments (double rooms).
Registration will be available from the end of February to the end of April via the Summer School website: http://www.borders.unisa.it
Achille Varzi, Columbia University, USA
Pina Marsico, University of Salerno, Italy
Lívia Mathias Simão, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Pernille Hviid, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sven Hroar Klempe, NTNU, Norway
Brady Wagoner, Aalborg University, Denmark
Maria Virginia Dazzani, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
Natale Ammaturo, University of Salerno, Italy
Enrica Lisciani Petrini, University of Salerno, Italy
Francesco Piro, University of Salerno, Italy
Fernando La Greca, University of Salerno, Italy
Luca Tateo, Aalborg University, Denmark
Nikita Kharlamov, Aalborg University, Denmark
Kenneth R. Cabell, Clark University, USA