Turin, Italy

Understanding the Middle East

online course
when 22 June 2020 - 27 June 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 150

Within the context of the TOMidEast initiatives, the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin, is pleased to announce the seventh edition of the Summer School “Understanding the Middle East” dedicated this year to the use of spaces, especially urban spaces.

Demonstrations, strikes, protests, sit-ins or even confrontations have been constant elements in many Middle Eastern cities. These places have seen the emergence of various forms of resistance, ranging from the cultural and intellectual scenes to the social and political contention. This has resulted in a renewed interest of politics in the management of space, especially in authoritarian contexts where the control over individuals is also part of the control over the space, crucial element to State’s sovereignty and stability.

Course leader

prof. Rosita Di Peri (University of Turin)
2020 edition: Gilbert Achcar (SOAS), Adam Hanieh (SOAS),Tamirace Fakhoury (LAU),Salwa Ismail (SOAS),Daniel Meier (IEP Grenoble), Hèla Yousfi (Univ.Paris Dauphine), Estella Carpi(UCL),Sara Fregonese (Univ. Birmin

Target group

We welcome applications by MA and PhD students, as well as advanced BA students and, of course, professionals.

Course aim

The seventh edition of the summer school “Understanding the Middle East” critically unpacks space and politics, exploring the role they have in re-define not just borders, sovereignty and power but also identities, cultural and economic assets.

In short, the objective of the summer school is to offer useful tools of analysis to better understand the complexity of the Middle East and, at the same time, to facilitate explanations away from oversimplifications.

Credits info

3 EC
Participants who successfully complete the School (ie. participate to a minimum of 18 out of the 20 hours of lectures/seminars and pass the final exam) are awarded an official certification by the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the University of Torino. The certificate will indicate the title of the School, the sessions attended and the grade obtained at the final exam.
Italian students might wish to know that the TOMidEast Summer School certificate may be used to claim CFUs. TOMidEast staff will be happy to send all necessary documents to other universities for the CFUs to be awarded to their students too.

Fee info

EUR 150: This is the students fee. Student status will be extended to applicants who graduated in December 2019 or later and who are not currently employed full-time. Fees cover tuition and working materials.
150,00 € for Students from University of Torino
250,00 € for All other students
EUR 300: For professionals


FREETORINO: 10 scholarships avaiable for non UniTO students only, reducing fees from 250,00 € to 150,00 €