Department of Sociology and Social Research
University of Trento, Italy

7th edition

9-13 September 2019






The Summer School in Ethnography at the University of Trento aims to provide participants with an inside view on the practice and the skills of ethnography across social sciences.
As such, the School represents a forum where adepts, students, cadets and scholars may familiarize themselves with the status of the discipline, absorbing the tools as well as the tricks of the trade directly from long-time practitioners.

Much space will be given to theoretical reflection, as well as to the opportunities, pitfalls and dilemmas which emerge in everyday fieldwork practice.
Teaching methods will be based on lectures, as well as on interactive formats such as workshops, data sessions and roundtables.

Participants will have a chance to present their current research projects, receive feedback and recommendations from the guest professors.
There will be four extended lectures by established international scholars.

Presentation of case studies and on-going research will occupy a large share of the allotted time. Reading materials will be circulated well in advance among participants, ensuring that they arrive at the meeting with a strong shared background.

The Summer School draws on the expertise of the Department of Sociology at the University of Trento in the fields of migration and ethnicity, care, diversity, home studies and qualitative research methods.

Confirmed speakers are

  • Prof. Gordon Mathews (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Dr. Rachael Kiddey (University of Oxford)
  • Dr. Andrea Pavoni (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon)

The Summer School also includes a keynote by Prof. Cecilia Menjivar (UCLA) "Immigrants and Non-Immigrants in the Rural U.S.: Perceptions, Interactions, and Consequences for the Future".



The Programme  (PDF | 296 KB)  is now available.


  • Prof. Gordon Mathews (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Dr. Rachael Kiddey (University of Oxford)
  • Dr. Andrea Pavoni (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon)


The school is addressed to PhD students and postdocs across social sciences (max. 22 participants).

The fee for participation is Euro 400, inclusive of tuition, coffee breaks and lunches; travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Based on budget availability, up to four reduced fees will be arranged for students from universities based in "C" countries, according to ISA's income categories

To apply please submit your CV, a 500-word bionote (to be shared with other participants), a motivation letter and a short ethnographic research project (about 2,000 words long, including empirical contexts, focus and research questions) through this form on-line

Applications deadline: 23 June 2019
Deadline for payment fee: 15 July 2019

List of suitable candidates 1st call   [Pdf | 325 KB]
List of suitable candidates 2nd call  [Pdf | 54 KB]




The conference will take place at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento (via Verdi, 26). The Department is located in the heart of the historic centre of Trento, just a short walk from the Cathedral (Piazza Duomo) and 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station.

See the map

Below you will find some indications on how to reach Trento.


You can reach Trento by the following roads:

  • Strada Statale dell'Abetone e del Brennero SS12;
  • Autostrada del Brennero - A22 motorway, phone (+39) 0461 980085; coming by A22 is necessary take the Trento Sud exit and follow the SS12 direction Trento centro;
  • Superstrada della Valsugana for those coming from Venice SS47;
  • Strada Statale 45 bis (Gardesana Occidentale) for those coming from Brescia.

There are two main lines that reach Trento: the Brennero line (from Rome to Innsbruck) and the Valsugana line (from Venice to Trento).
Timetable details from can be seen on the following link: Ferrovie dello Stato


The closest airports to Trento are the following:

Verona Catullo Airport - 90 km: the airport has a shuttle bus service which takes to the railway station of Verona. It’s also possible to take a taxi directly from the airport to Trento, but if it will be rather expensive. If you are going by car take the motorway A22 from the entrance Verona nord.

Venezia Marco Polo - 125 km: the airport is connected to the nearby railway stations of Venice-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venice by scheduled bus services. By car take the SS14 and continue on A27, take the exit direction Milano/Bologna and continue on A4. After 70 km take the exit Brennero/Verona and take the A22.

Milano Linate - 245 km: the shuttle service will take you to the Stazione Centrale of Milano, from this central station you can easily take the train to Trento (there is no direct train, it’s necessary to change train in Verona Porta Nuova, from where there is a train to Trento almost every hour).
By car follow direction to motorway A4 Milano/Venezia. After 100 km take the Peschiera exit and follow direction to A22 motorway.

Milano Malpensa – 300 km: the shuttle service is the same as at the Milano Linate.
By car take the Strada Statale SS336 direction A8 Milano. So take the motorway A8 and after 12 km take A4 motorway direction Venezia. After 100 km take the Peschiera exit and follow direction to A22 motorway.

Bolzano - 60 km: there is no shuttle bus service, but it’s possible to reach the public bus stop on foot, the bus will take you to the railway station in town, there is a direct train to Trento almost every half an hour.
if you are travelling by car just take the entrance Bolzano sud; after 45 km take the exit Trento nord and follow the SS12 direction centro.


The city has an efficient urban travel system (yellow and purple buses) run by Trentino Trasporti spa. Extra urban buses are run by the same company. If you visit the Trentino Trasporti office at the main railway station you can pick up a timetable “Guida ai trasporti del Trentino”.
Taxis can be caught anywhere in the city or booked on the phone number (+39) 0461 930002.


The Trentino Region has a lot of interesting monuments situated on all the territory: museums, castles and other attractions. For further information visit

To find out more about the city of Trento visit


Paolo Boccagni, Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Ester Gallo, Cristina Mattiucci










IMG> on the border between Ecuador and Peru, February 2019 (taken by Paolo Boccagni: Ecuador view from Peru)