International Summer School: Mediated and Cultural Representations in East Asia, Italy and Europe

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Summer Program
May 24, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies

Dear colleagues,

Apologies for potential cross-posting. Please find details about a summer school held in Messina, Italy this summer: 


Mediated and cultural representations

in East Asia, Italy and Europe 

International Summer School

University of Messina (Messina, Italy): 16-19 July, 2019


 Official website of the Summer School



Mutual Images Research Association invites applications for the Mediated and cultural representations in East Asia, Italy and Europe International Summer School, which will be held at the University of Messina from Tuesday 16 July to Friday 19 July 2019.


Aims and scope

This Summer School offers an intensive learning experience where under-graduate, graduate, and post-graduate students will have the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical and methodological skills and engage in thought-provoking conversations.

This program, in addition to offering lectures and lessons on specific topics, will provide students with the opportunity to partake in discussions with international scholars.

The program will focus on the mediated and cultural representations between East Asia (namely Japan and Asia), Italy and Europe. The disciplinary fields upon which the school’s teaching sessions as well as the keynote lectures will be based are cultural and media sociology, cultural studies, literary and film studies, aesthetics and philosophy. The general range of themes is furthermore informed by the growing importance of the transnational and transregional dynamics involving the circulation of popular cultures and creative industries in Italy/Europe, Japan, and China, and the role of the intellectual and material outputs involved in the mutual receptions/perceptions of the national/cultural contexts at the centre of the school’s interdisciplinary discussions and analyses.


The program at a glance

Lectures and seminars will thus delve into a variety of themes and media, including:

• Mutual representations between Italy, Europe, China, and Japan in arts and popular culture (cinema, literature, anime, photography, philosophy, fashion, technology);

• Cultural influences between Asian and European contexts in specific fields and times;

• Case histories of Italian culture and creative industries in East Asia and vice versa;

• Experiences and dynamics of international tourism and art exhibitions;

• Discussions and critical thinking about “popular” concepts in the School’s framework (such as cultural diplomacy, soft power, intercultural communication, cultural globalisation) and proposals for epistemological advancements;

• Paradigms and methodologies of research in the fields of popular cultures;

• Tutoring to effective applications for funding (scholarships, grants) in the humanities.

A more detailed program will be provided after acceptance to the Summer School.


The Summer School is open to

Under-graduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and scholars with a background or interest in cultural studies, Asian studies, Japanese studies, Chinese studies, European Studies, media studies, media sociology, film, popular culture, fine & creative arts, culture and creative industries, and related/specific fields within these areas.



• For students of the University of Messina: a number of ECTS according to DiCam’s rules.

• For students coming from other Italian, EU, and extra-EU universities: credits can be directly assigned by the athenaeum which the student belongs to and in a number appropriate to the amount of learning hours and activities of the School (approx. 5 credits).

Extra-DiCam participants who wish to get credits for the participation in the summer school must pass an open-book test on 18 July. There are no additional charges to take the test.



University of Messina (Italy), at Villa Pace, an elegant facility of the University. Messina is a historic sea town at the intersection between the Tirrenian and the Ionian Seas, in Sicily, the largest Italian region and the major island of the Mediterranean Sea. Nearby Messina there are many important archaeological sites and beautiful towns and villages, such as Taormina, Catania, and Siracusa, and outstanding landscapes and sea shores.

Villa Pace




• 16-17 July lessons and special lectures;

• 18 July (morning and early afternoon) lessons and special lectures;

 18 July (late afternoon) open-book test;

• 19 July (all day) cultural excursion.

The excursion consists of a group tour to Taormina and Giardini Naxos, world-famous archaeological sites of Hellenistic origin. A detailed description of the activities is to be provided at a later date at





For DiCam Pierandrea Amato (University of Messina)

For Mira Marco Pellitteri (Shanghai International Studies University)


Confirmed teachers and special lecturers:

Luisa Damiano (University of Messina, Italy)

Hiraishi Noriko (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Zhu Lian (Shanghai International Studies University, China)

Aurore Yamagata-Montoya (Mira, France)

Yui Kiyomitsu (Kōbe University, Japan)

Enrico Fardella (Peking University, China)

Manuel Hernández-Pérez (University of Hull, UK)

Rik Spanjers (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)

Marco Pellitteri (Shanghai International Studies University, China)

Fabio D. Palumbo (University of Messina)

Paolo La Marca (University of Catania, Italy)

Maxim Danesin (Mira and University of Tours, France)

Vincenzo Surace (University of Messina)


The total cost of the tuition and supplementary activities is 350 euro.

This sum covers five nights accommodation, three official meals (two lunches and a dinner together), free access to wi-fi in the campus and to the libraries and university facilities, small refreshments for the session breaks, and the transportation for the organised tour.

The other meals as well as additional nights and transport to and from Messina University, or any other expenses, remain at the charge of each participant.



Interested applicants are kindly required to send (as Word or pdf documents) a short cv and a one-page Motivation Letter to the Organising Committee with the following subject: Summer School 2019-Application. E-mail address:


Application deadline 24 May 2019

Notification of acceptance 29 May 2019

Deadline for formal registration & payment 14 June 2019



Extra-UE applicants, depending on the country, might need a visiting student visa to come to Italy. Information on the required documents: see A request for a School Invitation Letter can be sent to The request must contain all the necessary information along with a digitised copy of the identification page of the student’s passport (with clearly visible name and photograph).


Contact Any other specific inquiry can be addressed to

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