MISSCHO - Migration Studies Ph.D. Summer School 2023

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Representation, narratives and discourse on migration, 3-6th July, 2023

Institute for Migration Research, University of Granada (Spain)

Scientific directors

Nieves Ortega Pérez (UGR), Victoria Rodríguez-Rico Roldán (UGR), Francisco J. Durán Ruiz (UGR) & Roberta T. Di Rosa (UGR-UNIPA)

Short description

The aim of this Migration Studies Ph.D. Summer School (MISSCHO) 2023 is to provide an intensive program that enhances the research exchanges among the group of universities participating. It aims at bringing together researchers who are working on migration-related issues from different disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This aims at the following subjects:

  1. How discourse and identity are formed in migration studies.
  2. How the migrants' experiences are represented and construct new perceptions and narratives.
  3. Which perspectives and methodologies navigating between traditional Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) perspectives and other combined approaches produce new understandings of discourse on migration.

It therefore invites researchers to submit contributions focusing on (but not exclusively) the themes listed below:

  • Media discourse on migration
  • Migrants’ personal narratives and public discourse
  • Political discourse on migration and integration
  • Roles of language(s), culture(s) and social networks in shaping diasporic identities
  • Legal discourse on unaccompanied minors
  • Gender representation in migration studies
  • (Re)shaping research paradigms and methodologies in migration studies

Considering the different topics that the Ph.D. students are developing in their studies, the common concern on methodologies, categories and approaches of analysis will be the main instrumental focus. Therefore, it will be required that students work in teams and prepare presentations to debate on.

Multidisciplinary approach

The Migration Studies Ph.D. Summer School offers a multi-disciplinary and international approach on migration studies. By nature, the Ph.D. programme on Migration Studies presents a multidisciplinary design with four lines of research in which the candidates are inserted:

  1. Social psychology analysis of migration
  2. Cultural and gender analysis
  3. Legal and socio-political analysis of migration: Welfare State and management of diversity
  4. Globalization and human mobility: migration and labour market

This is “one of a kind” programme in Spain involves more than 60 teaching researchers, from different fields (Political Science, Sociology, Law, Geography, History, Economics, Anthropology, among others) working on migration issues as main area of expertise.

The program will include a range of academic activities such as: lectures (opening and closing lectures), academic and social roundtables, a documentary screening as well as PhD. Workshops.

Learning modalities

In-person modality for teachers and students on Granada campus.

Online modality (100%) will be an exception in case the in-site activities were not allowed by justified causes (visa, student’s economic situation, illness, etc.) Zoom links to on-line sessions will be provided exclusively to those whose online attendance is approved.

Who can apply?

Among 20-25 outstanding Ph.D. students will be admitted. PhD. students in the early stage of their PhDs, who are still designing or have recently submitted their research proposal.

In order to obtain a certification, students should attend and participate in (at least) the 80% of the activities developed.

Key dates

We will be accepting applications until June 22, 2023. It closes at midnight (CET). Acceptance and further steps will be notified June 26, 2023. Applicants must pay the registration fee by June 30, 2023.

Deadline extension for applications: June 26, 2023


We firmly believe in the right to equal education; therefore, just a symbolic tuition fee will be required. The tuition fee for the program is 100€ (the fee covers a welcome kit with all course material).

Tuition waiver

The Institute for Migration Research and the Ph.D. Programme in Migration Studies will consider tuition waivers to outstanding PhD students. They will be granted on a bases of academic merit and considering geographical and gender balance.

Students that fit the requirements and would like to ask for the tuition waiver should fill out the option in the application form and indicate a justification of their motivation through an addition motivation letter entitled: Why I am requesting the tuition waiver.

ARQUS students

Taking into account the University of Granada is part of the Arqus European University Alliance, we will be admitting 5 Ph.D. students from ARQUS universities who will benefit from the tuition waiver.

Living and travelling expenses

The Institute for Migration Research and the Ph.D. Migration Studies Programme will offer up to €300 to students from abroad to cover their living and travelling expenses. It will be provided after the summer school and completion of (at least) the 80% of the activities developed. Further measures will be notified once enrolment has been concluded.

How to apply?

You must fill out the Application Form and provide all documents as per requested on the brochure. Documents must be sent to: @email (Subject: SUBMISSION MIGRATION STUDIES PhD SUMMER COURSE 2023)

Scientific committee

  • Faiza Derbel, Department of English, University of Manouba (Tunisia)
  • Francisco Javier García Castaño, Institute for Migration Studies, University of Granada (Spain)
  • Samira Mechri, Higher Institute of Human Sciences (ISSHT), University Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
  • Isolina Ballesteros, The City University of New York (USA)
  • Raquel Vega-Durán, Harvard University (USA)
  • Maria Philomena Bertel, Universidad de Graz (Austria)

Organizing committee

  • Belén Agrela Romero – Ph. D. Programme on Migration Studies, University of Jaen
  • Mª Dolores García Valverde – Ph. D. Programme on Migration Studies, University of Granada
  • Rosa Rodríguez Izquierdo – Ph. D. Programme on Migration Studies, Pablo de Olavide University of Seville
  • María Rubio Gómez – Ph. D. Programme on Migration Studies, University of Granada

Research Groups Involved (In Spain)

About this activity

This is an initiative of the Ph. D. programme on Migration Studies, the Institute for Migration Research (IMR) at the University of Granada, and the UGR International Postgraduate School.

For further information

Institute for Migration Research (@email)

MISSCHO 2023 Application Form.pdf

Detailed Programme From 3-6 July 2023

2023 MISSCHO International Ph.D. Summer School