European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication

9th International Summer School 2003 - Announcement



9th International Summer School of the European PhD on Social Representations & Communication
" Communication Studies and Social Representations:
a Theoretical and Metodological Dialogue through Research"
Colonna Castle, Genazzano - Rome (ITALY), 7-16 June 2003



  It is a part of the cycle of the International  Summer Schools (2001-4) promoted by the co-ordinator of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication and supported by the European Commission (DGXII) under the High-Level Conferences (contract n° HPCF-CT-2001-00210), following the successful series of related scientific events held between 1995 and 2002.
       Theaims of this new cycle of International Summer Schools - started in 2001 with a programme dedicated to  "Communication: Language, Representations, Interactions"  and followed in 2002 by the International High level Scientific Conference dedicated to "The net and the Internet"- are:
  • to widen participants' knowledge of the theories, methodologies and applications of Communication Studies in relation to  the  Social Representations paradigm
  • to provide multidisciplinary and multi-methodological advanced research training for participants
  • to develop technological knowledge about communication and interaction  in 'face to face', mediated and virtual contexts
  • to maintain the International Summer School's role as the leading European forum for state of the art research and research training in Social Representations and Communication studies.

     The International Summer School's link with the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication ensures participation by young researchers from 13 partner Universities in the Euro PhD network in 8 different countries (A, CH, E, F, Fin, I, P, UK). However, the programme is also open to post-graduate doctoral students from any country, not just the EU. As with previous Summer Schools, interaction between researchers of different nationalities from EU Member States and Associated States will be encouraged, as well as the participation of a few researchers working outside Europe (mainly from Canada, Latin America and the USA). Beginnig in 2001, as a Marie Curie Training Multi-Partner Organisation, including 8 partner Universities in 6 different European countries (E, F,  Fin, I, P, UK). participation in the International Summer Schools - as part of the training for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication - is also offered to Marie Curie Fellows.

 Topic and Structure within a long term planning framework
As regards scientific content, the 2003 International Summer School offers critical analysis and discussion of the relations between Communication, Media and Social Representations, developing a multidisciplinary theoretical framework and multi-methodological approach. Exemplary studies of different theoretical models will be presented looking at the added value when social psychological empirical research on communication is examined in the light of sociology, cultural studies, linguistics and history of science.

  Beside the participation of the teaching staff of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication, and the founder of the S.R. theory, Serge Moscovici (social psychology, sociology and history of science), internationally recognised scientists in cultural studies, media studies and linguistics have been invited as guest lecturers. The International Summer School will also develop technological knowledge about communication with participation by leading experts from organisations, Institutions or enterprises. A full; detailed programme will be soon available on our website.


Invited Speakers Country Institution Multi-Disciplinary Areas
Jaan Valsiner USA

Clark University,

Worcester MA

Cultural studies
Ivana Markova U.K. University of Stirling Linguistics
Teaching staff belonging to the European Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication network
  Country Institution Multi-Disciplinary Areas
Ligia Amancio Portugal I.S.C.T.E., Lisbon Gender studies
Annamaria Silvana de Rosa Italy

University of Rome

"La Sapienza"

Social psychology and Media studies
Willem Doise Switzerland University of Geneva Human Rights
Serge Moscovici France E.H.E.S.S - M.S.H

Social psychology


History of science

Anna Maija Pirtilla Backmann Finland University of Helsinki Epistemology of knowledge
Juan A. Perez Spain University of Valencia Experimental social psychology
Teaching staff belonging to the VINCI French-Italian network
Birgitta Orfali France University R. Descartes, Paris V Political psychology
Francesco Avallone Italy "La Sapienza" Organizational psychology


The International Summer School training adopts a successful integrated didactic structure in which important themes are discussed at individual, group and plenary levels. Face to face interaction will be integrated with virtual interaction with participants located at other university sites. The didactic structure is as follows:

PLENARY SESSION magisterial lectures produced in real time to be transmitted in streaming videos on the web

  • Keynote lectures by internationally recognised scientists from outside the European PhD network and leading experts in Multi-Disciplinary Areas
  • Lectures by the teaching staff of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication, to the Marie Curie Multi-Partner Organisation and to the  Vinci French-Italian network
  • Presentations and evaluations of European PhD dissertation final reports by  an International final Jury
  • Significant contributions by leading experts from organisations, Institutions or enterprises related to communication studies


  • Presentations relating to current projects of researchers and related interactive training session based on open discussion and critical feedback
  • Different types of computer mediated training sessions, both theoretical and methodological, relating to didactic use of the Euro PhD website and methodological skills.


  • Informal meetings among participants and teaching staff
  • Dedicated meetings among the European PhD and the Marie Curie Fellows, Tutors, Programme Director and Scientific Co-ordinator


The 9th International Summer School will be located at the magnificent Castle of Genazzano a remarkable example of Renaissance architecture formerly belonging to the noble Colonna family. The Castle has been provided to the European PhD on Social Representations and Communication for its important scientific activities, such as the annual International Summer School by the Mayor of Genazzano in agreement with the Rector of the co-ordinating university, the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Genazzano ( is located about 45 km from Rome, on the top of a hill overlooking a beautiful landscape and is distinguished by the presence of interesting medieval ruins, works of art and the International Centre of Contemporary Art (CIAC) that is also located at the Colonna Castle.

Accommodation in comfortable single or shared rooms with private bathrooms is provided for participants and invited speakers at the Hotel La Meridienne ( ) at Palestrina, close to Genazzano. The fact that invited speakers and tutors will spend their time under the same roof with the other conference participants will facilitate informal communication and a friendly atmosphere, both for scientific activities at Castello Colonna and in the relaxing Hotel La Meridienne. Sport facilities are available. Use of the swimming pool is free of charge, while billiard, football, tennis facilities and a game room are available at the user’s expense. A 35 hectare park with old chestnut trees and ancient springs surrounds the hotel. Phone and Internet connections are available in the hotel rooms upon request and at the user’s expense.

The organizers will arrange shuttle buses from the Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino airport to Palestrina, for the collective arrival and departure of participants, for social events and transportation between Colonna Castle and Hotel La Meridienne.

Target Participants

Postgraduates, doctoral students and young researchers from any university including those not belonging to the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication  network and from outside Europe (Researchers, who are nationals of a member or an Associated State, and active outside Member and Associated States at the time of the Event, can also apply for HLSC funding)

  • Doctoral students enrolled in the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication
  • European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication  Marie Curie Fellows
  • Postgraduates, preferably enrolled in national PhD courses or in team research programmes (introduced by one of the Universities of the Socrates-Erasmus network).
  • Participants in previous international summer schools
  • Young researchers from organisation, Institutions, public or private research centres interested in the topic
  • The level will be rather advanced in specialised fields of Social Psychology, Sociology and Communication Studies (open to a multidisciplinary and multi-methodological approach)

Number of participants No more than 50, selected on the basis of excellence and equal opportunity among male and female applicants.

Conditions for Application

  • Application for the 9th International Summer School

Applicants for the 9th International Summer School are requested to send an application both by Internet and by fax with one signed copy, printed from the website. The application form is available on:


  • Application for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication

The entrance requirements for admission to the European doctoral programme, entrance procedures and application form (to be sent both by Internet and by fax with one signed copy) are available on Internet at the address: http://www/

     Students who intend to apply for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication can candidate for a Marie Curie fellowship (from 3 to 12 months), which besides a monthly allowance during the stay abroad, also covers the registration fee of the Euro PhD. Consult also:

     Beside Marie Curie fellowships, other grants funded by the University of Rome "La Sapienza" may be offered to one or two excellent candidates (of any country) selected on the basis of scientific merit and motivation to develop a co-operative research project proposed and led by the scientific co-ordinator of the Euro PhD. In this particular case the selection will include a personal interview and language test.

Application forms should be transmitted directly by Internet.

Deadline for application is 15 April 2003
(later applications will be considered if places are still available)

Selection of applicants

     Selection of applicants Ð both for the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication and the 9th International Summer School - will be carried out by the Euro PhD Executive Committee, including the Programme Director, the Co-ordinator and the two representatives from the University of Helsinki and the I.S.C.T.E., who, besides the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', have recognised the European PhD on S.R. & C. since its beginning.

Financial support

Is available for:

  • up to 100% for young researchers eligible for H.LS.C. funding. (see below): registration fees (both scientific fee and full accommodation cost for the item expenses included in the accommodation fee)
  • Among eligible applicants for H.LS.C. funding, the priority will be given to new candidates accepted in the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication.  and for the students already enrolled in the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication,
  • If funds are still available other eligible applicants and other expenses (like travel costs) may be considered for funding. Applicants will be treated equally and selected on the basis of excellence

Expenses related to the organisation of the event (publicity, venue hire, training materials, translations, publications, event secretariat, production of digital videos and videoconferences, development of the web site for the publicity of the event and for its didactic use, etc.)

We encourage the participation of French students and researchers (not eligible under the HLSC funding) to apply, as their participation can be supported on the "Vinci" programme, from the Italian-French University.

  • Up to 50% of expenses related to the participation of invited keynote speakers/lecturers and scientific organisers, including scientific conference committee of any nationality (travel and subsistence)
  • Travel and accommodation costs for those professors formally belonging to the European PhD network or linked with a Socrates bilateral agreement between University of Rome 'La Sapienza'• and the partner Institutions (in force for a. y. 2002-03) will be charged on Socrates Teaching Staff funds, directly allocated to those Institutions.

Eligibility criteria to apply for HLSC funding

To apply for HLSC funding the candidate should answer to the following eligibility criteria:

1)    Young researcher

     "Young researchers" are researchers up to an age limit of 35 years at the time of a particular Event. As an exception to this standard rule, young researchers acting as organisers or invited keynote speakers/lecturersmay use as reference date, the relevant deadline for proposal reception at the Commission. Allowance will be made for compulsory military or civil service (actual time spent in military or civil service) and childcare (maximum 2 years per child for the actual time spent off work).

2)  Citizenship (EU Member State or Associated State)

     The young researchers are nationals of a Member State or an Associated State and active inside a Member State or an Associated State at the time of the Event.

     Associated States are: Bulgaria, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

     Researchers Ðof any age- who are nationals of a member State or an Associated State, and active outsideMember States and Associated States at the time of the Event, can also apply for the HLSC funding.

Participation Fee  (for the participants not eligible for HLSC funding)

Scientific fee (including full conference participation): 1000 EURO

  • Accommodation fee (flat rate including shared room with private bathroom, breakfast, coffee break, lunches and social events, collective transfer to and  from the airport and to and from the Colonna Castle Genazzano, sports facilities at the Hotel La Meridienne): 600 Euro

To cover the full accommodation costs, the organisers will use other resources of the Euro PhD (such as the funds of "Internazionalizzazione" from the Italian Ministry for University, Scientific Research and Technology and of the "Vinci" programme from the Italian-French University) than those available for the eligible participants on the HLSC funds.

Because of the residential character of the event, the accommodation will be necessarily at the Hotel booked by the organiser. Thus, for the candidates not eligible for the HSLC funding, the participation fees (scientific and accommodation) should be paid together upon the confirmation of the applicant's selection.

For the doctoral students enrolled in the European programme PhD the participation fee is in addition to the registration fee.

The participation fee of candidates eligible for the HLSC funds and Marie Curie fellows will be charged directly on the respective programme funds by the co-ordinator of the programme.

Scientific co-ordinator of the European  Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication and organiser of the 9thInternational Summer School:
prof. Annamaria Silvana de Rosa 
Facoltà di Psicologia - Università degli studi di Roma 'La Sapienza' 
via dei Marsi, 78 - 00185 Roma ITALIA 
fax: +39 - 06 - 4991.7652