Update: K-Network Holds International Summer School in Salerno, Italy

DOWNLOAD the Call for Participants here: EN call Summer School 7-11 July 2014_ Salerno_final
 The Summer School is the first international event specifically focused on the topic of borders, an innovative multidisciplinary theoretical construct that is raising interest is the different human and social sciences. Different psycho-social processes can be explored and understood focusing on what happen on the border. Border is the developmental conceptual place that account for processes of distinction and connection, of continuity and discontinuity, conflict and negotiation, innovation and reproduction in living open systems.

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

Scientific Committee:
Jaan Valsiner, Aalborg University, Denmark

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


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