16-19th July 2019

Mediated and cultural representations in East Asia, Italy and Europe

Mutual Images Research Association, and DiCAM—Department of Ancient and Modern Civilisations, University of Messina invite applications for the 2019 Mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe Summer School, to be held at the University of Messina (Italy) from Tuesday 16 July to Friday 19 July 2019.

The Summer School Mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe offers an intensive learning experience where graduate and post-graduate students have the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical and methodological skills and engage in thought-provoking conversations on the mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe.

This week-long program, in addition to offering lectures and seminars on specific topics, provides students with the opportunity to partake in discussions with fellow colleagues and international faculty.

The program will focus on the mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe, with regard to Japan and China. The disciplinary fields upon which the school’s teaching sessions as well as the keynote lectures are based are literary studies, aesthetics, visual studies and cultural studies, and media sociology. The general range of themes is furthermore informed by the growing importance of the inter-regional dynamics involving the cultural diplomacy between/among the considered regions and countries, and the role of the circulation of the creative industries’ output involved in the mutual receptions/perceptions of the national/cultural contexts at the centre of the school’s inter-disciplinary discussions and analyses.

Lectures and seminars will delve, thus, into a variety of themes and media, including:

  • Mutual images between Italy, Europe, China and Japan in arts and popular culture (cinema, literature, anime, photography, philosophy, fashion, technology…);
  • Cultural influences between in the Asian and European contexts;
  • Travellers and art collectors.

A specific list of seminars will be given in advance after acceptance to the Summer School. The seminars and lectures will be held by members of MIRA, teachers of the University of Messina, and further guests specially invited. The teachers come from Japan, China, Italy, France, Spain, England, and The Netherlands, making it a truly international school.


Graduate and Post-Graduate Students with a background or strong interest in Cultural studies, Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, European Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies, Popular Culture, Arts, and similar degrees.


The participants can to obtain 2 CFU (Italian university credits, which can be converted into credits of the participant’s original university). All participants who wish to get credits for their participation to the summer school must pass a test after the lectures and seminars. There are no additional charges to take the test.


The Summer School includes a cultural excursion on the last day: a tour to Taormina and Giardini Naxos, outstanding archaeological sites of Ellenistic origin. A detailed description of the activities will be provided at a later date on the website.


The total cost of tuition and supplementary activities is 350 euros. The tuition includes five nights accommodation, three meals (two lunches and a dinner together), free access to Wi-Fi on the university campus, access to the libraries and university facilities, and the organised tour. The other meals as well as additional nights and transport to and from Messina University remain at the charge of each participant.


The deadline for applications is 30 April 2019.

Interested applicants are required to send by email a full CV and a Motivation Letter to the Organising Committee at with the following subject: Summer School 2019- Application

Specific inquiries can be addressed to