May 16-21, 2022
The summer school course on Migration and Gender offers a legal-literary approach to the ways in which migration influences gender. Gender is a constitutive element of migration. The course will discuss both this idea, and reversing the formula, it will examine the role of migration in shaping gender, understood as relational and performative. A particular focus will be on identity in relation to human rights and law, labor and culture. The course is innovative and will combine the contribution of three scholars, in legal studies and literature.
The program is particularly timely in this moment of history in which migration is transforming societies and shaping gender.
The course will model the ways in which the humanities and the imagination might inform legal processes or contour legal decisions. This will play out in two ways: first through the integration of literature and law in our class discussions, and second though the students’ experiences of rewriting a legal decision from the perspective of what they have learned and discussed. In short, we hope that this course will educate a young generation of lawyers, academics and activists by raising awareness of many issues at the intersection of gender, migration and law.
Methodology and structure
The first four days of the course will be divided into two parts, the first establishing geographical, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds for the novels, and exploring identity particularly as it expresses migrant issues of vulnerability and marginality; the second dedicated to a broad general understanding of the legal issues surrounding migration and gender. In the final two days, the workshop will propose a gender-sensitive rewriting of a judgment on migration. This exercise will specifically focus on the often neglected question of how gender is shaped by migration. The rewriting will not necessarily be a legal brief, but could also take the form of poems, short stories, art, videos. The class will be divided into groups to work on these forms of rewriting. The results will be presented in the final day of the course.
- How to read and critically examine novels on the topic of gender and migration;
- How to connect the legal aspects to the literary ones, and how to draw them out from a reading, that is, which questions transcend the particular circumstances of plot or culture;
- How to analyze judgments and decisions from a legal point of view;
- How to rewrite a judgment / decision using a gendered approach.
Sara De Vido, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Laurie Shepard, Boston College, USA
Tamio Nakamura, Waseda University, Japan
Who is it for?
Applications are welcome from current MA and PhD Students in Sociology, Gender Studies, Literature, Human rights, Law, Labor and Cultural Studies.
A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.
Number of ECTS credits allocated: 2
The Program will admit 20 student participants.
Students of VIU member institutions: € 350 VAT included
Students of other institutions: € 650 VAT included
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 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. VIU will provide any supporting documentation requested for such applications.
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Accommodation costs on campus
Further information about the costs of accommodation on campus will be available in the Brochure and Application form.
Applicants must submit the application form, a short motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, and a photo.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.