Ethnography of Migration – Summer School

Ethnography – the close, direct, observation of social interactions in their natural settings – is a main research technique in the social sciences. While ethnography is widely used in migration studies, the methodological challenges posed by the migration field are still far from discussed adequately. Ethnography of Migration will offer a small group of highly students the chance to discuss in depth the peculiarities of the ethnographic method applied to migration issues.

Deadline: May 15th, 2023

Ethnography of Migration – Program


Interested students should send a CV and a short (1 page) ethnographic project to the following email address: before May 15th, 2023. The selected students will be notified by May 17th, 2023.

  • PALAZZO DI SOCIOLOGIA / esterni lato via Verdi dal balcone di Giurisprudenza
  • Esterni Palazzo Piomarta
  • cortilI scopertI internI a dx e sx Aula Kessler
  • Palazzo Piomarta, dettaglio

Classes by

Robert C. Smith

(CUNY Graduate Center, New York)

Workshops by

Paolo Boccagni, Andrea Brighenti, Martina Cvajner, Francesca Decimo

(Università di Trento)


Up to 15 MA and Ph.D students interested in migration and ethnographic research. Advanced BA students may be considered in particular cases.

Financial cost

50 Euro. Some fellowships are available.

For more informations:

Robert Courtney Smith (Ph.D. Columbia, 1995) is a Professor of Sociology, Immigration Studies and Public Affairs at the School of Public Affairs, and in the Sociology Department, Graduate Center, CUNY.  His first book, Mexican New York: Transnational Worlds of New Immigrants (2006, University of California Press), won the American Sociological Association’s 2008 overall Distinguished Book Award, and three other sectional prizes (for immigration; community and urban sociology; and Latino/a sociology) and a Presidential prize from CUNY.  

Prof. Smith has combined public and intellectual work.  He is the founding Lead Faculty for the School of Public Affairs Mexican Consulate Leadership Program (since 2007).  He is also a cofounder and now Board Chair of Masa (, a fifteen year old nonprofit in New York promoting educational achievement and committed leadership with Mexican immigrants and their children.

Paolo Boccagni is a Full Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy.

Andrea Brighenti is a Full Professor of Social Theory and Space & Culture at the Department of Sociology,  University of Trento, Italy. Research covers broadly space-power-and-society issues.

Martina Cvajner is an Associate Professor of Methodology of Qualitative Research and Design for Social Inclusion at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy.

Francesca Decimo is an Associate Professor of Migrations Studies and Urban Studies at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Italy.

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