EMUNI Summer School 2017

Euro-Mediterranean Studies






Migration and the Euro-Mediterranean Region

Piran, Slovenia | 26 – 30 June 2017


Over the past few years the issue of migration has become the hottest topic in contemporary politics of the Euro-Mediterranean region. This region is a prime site to study the complexity of the issue: nowhere are the multiple faces of migration more apparent than in Europe and its Southern neighbourhood. Migration is related to human tragedies of individuals and political tensions between states. Migrants, immigrants and refugees challenge Europe’s borders and many of its core values – human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and the rule of law. The current migration flows are a test for Mediterranean, European and national cultures, politicians and public attitudes towards multiculturalism. Ultimately, migration is a reality check for the future of globalization, which is driven precisely by greater mobility and ever closer connections.

EMUNI Summer School explores the multifaceted opportunities and challenges migration brings to European and South Mediterranean countries, but also the Euro-Mediterranean region as a whole. The course will identify the root causes of today’s migration currents and their effects, discuss challenges and opportunities in managing them, and finally evaluate instruments and actors. What is the difference between Europe's older and newer immigrants? Do current policies on migration embrace European values or defy them? What are the economic dimensions of migration? What are the impacts of migration on host countries? How to meaningfully address security challenges? By approaching migration as a particular challenge of the Euro-Mediterranean region and a lens into it, EMUNI Summer School will explore how politics both structures conflicts on migration today and can be used as a tool to resolve them.

We invite students with diverse backgrounds to engage with the context, attitudes, policy dilemmas and paradoxes of contemporary migration in a multi- and inter-disciplinary way, using interactive methods of investigation and dialogue from international relations, political theory, sociology, anthropology, and security studies. A uniquely international dimension will be ensured both through lecturers and students, coming from North and South side of the Mediterranean. The Summer School will prepare the participants to be able to take a stance on migration debates and to contribute towards addressing it.

Courses and Faculty

  • Asylum: The Legal framework in the EU and the Case Law of the European Court of Justice, by Prof. Verica Trstenjak, University of Vienna
  • Multidimensional Security of Migration: Various forms of Control & International Migration, by Prof. Aleš Bučar Ručman, University of Maribor
  • Migration and Cultural Exchanges, by Assoc. Prof. Mohammed Elrazzaz, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
  • EU Migration Policy, by Dr. Marko Lovec, University of Ljubljana
  • Human Trafficking: The Case of Slovenia, by Assist. Prof. Danijela Frangež, University of Maribor
  • The Making of EU Migration Policy, by Assoc. Prof. Ana Bojinovič Fenko, University of Ljubljana
  • Environmental Changes as a Cause for Mass Migration, by Assist. Prof. Katja Eman, University of Maribor
  • NGO Activity in the Field of Migration, Kaja Kumar, Zavod Krog
  • Reflections on the notion of border and challenges of the current EU migration policy, by Assoc. Prof. Rok Svetlič, Science and Research Centre Koper
  • The Clashing Ideologies of Transnationalism and Nationalism, by Dr. Mateja Sedmak, Head of the Institute for Social Studies, Science and Research Center Koper
  • Media generation of social representations and collective attitudes about the migrants, by Dr. Antonella Pocecco, Researcher, University of Udine
  • Migration and space: Geography of population, Prof. Giuseppe Borruso, Università degli studi di Trieste
  • Field trip, coordinated by Umberto Stolfo Speranza, Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Italy 2016-17
  • Academic coordinator: Dr. Jerneja Penca, Research Fellow, Euro-Mediterranean University EMUNI 


  • One week of distance learning and online discussions
  • One week of interactive methods of teaching and field visits


  • Distance learning: 19 – 23 June 2017 (32 hours)
  • Face to face session: 26 – 30 June 2017 (36 contact hours)


Historical coastal town of Piran, Slovenia (Palace Trevisini, Kidričevo nabrežje 2, 6330 Piran)


Minimum Requirements

To apply for the Summer School, you must:

  • Have completed undergraduate programme, obtained at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent)
  • Be eligible to study at the postgraduate level
  • Have knowledge of English (level B2 or higher)
  • Have an interest in the region and/or the theme


No prior knowledge of the Euro-Mediterranean studies is required. Students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are admitted. Students should count with devoting about 32 hours to distance learning in the week immediately prior to face-to-face session.

Distance leraning period has started

With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union