Venezia, Italy

Migration and Gender: a Legal and Literary Perspective

when 16 May 2022 - 21 May 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 350

The summer school on Migration and Gender offers a legal-literary approach to the ways in which migration influences gender. Gender is a constitutive element of migration and this course will discuss both this idea, and reversing the formula, it will also 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.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation; should it prevent international travel or the confirmation of the program on campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.

Course leader

Sara De Vido, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Laurie Shepard, Boston College, USA
Tamio Nakamura, Waseda University, Japan

Target group

Applications are welcome from current MA and PhD Students in Sociology, Gender Studies, Literature, Human rights, Law, Labor and Cultural Studies.

Course aim

- 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.

Credits info

2 EC
A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.

Fee info

EUR 350: Students of VIU member institutions.
EUR 700: Students of other institutions.

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.
Contact VIU Erasmus office: