July 22-26, 2024

Call for applications: January 18, 2024 - March 25, 2024 via the VIU website

Mental health and human rights are dramatically interlocked constructs. There is no mental well-being without peace and equity and vice versa. Mental prosperity seems to be thought of as a consolidated right just for privileged groups; in contrast, oppressed and marginalized individuals most often resulted in being blamed for their incapability to handle their living conditions and adjust to challenges and adversities because of a lack of civilization, poor personal and social capital, or inadequate relational skills. More recently, critical global mental health and global public health have recognized the urgent need to analyze and intervene in the political determinants and antecedents of cogent global challenges of our contemporaneity, such as environmental, gender, economic, and ethnic racism. In addition, transnational and intersectional feminist and postcolonial perspectives have exposed patriarchal whiteness as the dominant grammar informing the mainstream of psychology and psychiatry, unveiling the extractivist strategies of the so-called essentialist culture and performing gender-sensitive protocols. Indigenous and postcolonial participatory approaches propose themselves as a genuine alternative to conceptual and intervention models aiming at re-socializing and readapting people to iniquitous and unjust classist and racialized living conditions.

Guido Veronese, University of Milano-Bicocca
Francesca Antonacci, University of Milano-Bicocca
Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter
Rami Rmeileh, University of Exeter
Alex L. Pieterse, Boston College
Brinton Lykes, Boston College
Francesco Vacchiano, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Sabrina Marchetti, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Giulia Zanini, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Gaia Giuliani, CES - University of Coimbra
Ashraf Kagee, Stellenbosch University
Lou Marie Kruger, Stellenbosch University
Ruchi Chaturvedi, University of Cape Town

Who is it for?
Applications are welcome from PhD students and practitioners working in mental health, international relations, law, gender and race studies, social work, education, psychology, psychiatry, environmental and climate studies, political science, public health, nursing, global health, and mental health. The school is also open to activist individuals and groups, policy and decision-makers, NGOs and CBOs, stakeholders and influencers seeking to strengthen their knowledge and know-how on global mental health, human rights, and allied disciplines.

Learning outcomes for participants

On successful completion of the Summer School, the students will be able to:


- define and understand the fundamental concepts, principles and tools of Liberation Psychology, radical feminism, and critical theories in public and global mental health;
- assume concepts of class, race, gender, culture, identity, and diversity concerning indigenous and intersectional approaches;
- assume the fundamental concepts of global mental health in societies undergoing or coming to terms with geopolitical turmoils, gender disparities, economic disadvantages, and climate changes
- analyze and form critical perspectives about Global Mental Health and Human Rights through the synthesis of different disciplines
- identify areas of quality research pertaining to mental health and human rights


- Plan and develop research project using multidisciplinary research methodologies;
- locate multi-method (quantitative, qualitative and participatory) research approaches;
- critically discuss systems of oppression and privilege that inform global challenges on gender, race, class and environment as a focus of the school;
- rising self-awareness and conscientization about personal and group positioning in their disciplinary field and community;
- collaborate effectively as a part of professional teams in interdisciplinary and international contexts.

 Application and actionability of knowledge and skills

- Analyze and develop contextually appropriate and culturally appropriate theories relevant to areas of the world where research on global mental health and human rights is necessary
- demonstrate a critical reflection on professional knowledge and skills integrating broad subject knowledge and perspectives
- advocate for mental health and social justice as an agenda item in human rights campaign in participants’ institutions and communities.

A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.
Number of ECTS credits allocated: 2

The Program will admit 20 participants.

Students of VIU member universities:
€ 550 incl. VAT.
Students of other universities:
€ 1100 incl. VAT.

The fees will cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and social events.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice, accommodation, and local transportation.

VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.

PhD candidates and post-docs from universities in EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support. Candidates should consult the International Office in their own university for information about the calls for applications for funding as well as for possible scholarships. VIU will provide any supporting documentation requested for such applications. Contact VIU Erasmus office: erasmus@univiu.org

Applicants must submit the application form, a letter of motivation – which should include a brief description of the candidate’s research interests, a curriculum vitae and a photo.

For further information, please download the brochure or write to: summerschools@univiu.org