COREnet PhD Summer School “Religious and Non-Religious Narratives on Migration”

July 12, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - July 16, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

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Call for COST Action “Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity” (COREnet) PhD Summer School applications

“Religious and Non-Religious Narratives on Migration”

Narratives on migration play a crucial role in public discourses and have a significant impact on the perception and treatment of migrants and on the development of social and political measures to deal with migration. Simultaneously, migrants themselves have their own narratives on migration, which are often not adequately represented in public discourses. In all these narratives, the reference to ‘religion’ often assumes a central, but also ambivalent function: religion-related motifs and themes in migration narratives can, for example, open up perspectives for meaning and action, but also contribute to the stigmatization of migrants.

Interdisciplinary migration research contributes to identify, analyze, and evaluate such narratives. Furthermore, it itself provides resources for migration narratives that support migration societies in developing differentiated pictures of migration and in meeting the challenges ahead on an academic basis.

The COREnet PhD Summer School in cooperation with the Vienna Doctoral School for Theology and Religious Studies aims to provide early career researchers (PhDs and postdocs, and researchers up to 40 years old) with the opportunity to discuss and deepen their knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary research on religious and non-religious narratives on migration. International academic teachers will present both Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and interfaith perspectives on migration as well as religious and social science approaches to the politication of religion in migration narratives, migration narratives in literature and, last but not least, narratives of refugees and migrants themselves.

The PhD Summer School also offers the students the opportunity to discuss, get feedback and further develop their own research projects within the framework of reflecting migration narratives.

The aim of the PhD Summer School is to discuss and identify what religious and non-religious narratives can contribute to contemporary challenges in the field of migration from an interdisciplinary academic perspective.

Participants of the PhD Summer school will receive a certificate of attendance 3 ECTS worth if they submit a five pages written critical reflection of their research project from the perspective of discussing implicit and explicit narratives on migration after the training till 31 October 2023.

Organizers: COST action COREnet & Vienna Doctoral School for Theology and Religious Studies.

Preliminary Programme of COREnet PhD Summer School (March 3, 2023).

Who can attend?

  • PhD students and postdocs in all areas of the study of religion and migration (f.i. religious studies, Christian theology, Islamic Theology and Islamic studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, literature, pedagogical studies, ….etc.);
  • Young Researchers and Innovators (YRI) < 40 years old starting their research activities in the field of religion and migration.

There will be a pre-selection of applicants with the aim of reaching background balance (e.g., balance of academic disciplines, gender balance, country and institutional spread).

Teachers and invited speakers

  • Assoc. Prof. Regina Polak, MAS (University of Vienna, Austria/Cath. Practical Theology)
  • Prof. Milda Ališauskienė (Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania/Sociology)
  • Assoc. Prof. Aybiçe Tosun (Eskişehir Osmangazi University in Osmangazi, Turkey/Religious Education)
  • Prof. tit. Ansgar Jödicke (University of Freiburg in Fribourg, Switzerland/Religious Studies)
  • Assoc. Prof. John S. Klaasen (University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa/Theology)
  • Assoc. Prof. Orhan Jasic (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina/Islamic Theology)
  • Dr. Yuval Katz (Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Dr. Sergio Dias Branco (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Assoc. Prof. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović (Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, Belgrade/ International Dialogue Center KAICIID/Anthropology)

More information about the teachers.

How to apply?

To apply, please provide:

  • a cover letter with an expression of interest, motivation, and a paragraph describing the relevant academic pre-experiences and activities with the topic of the PhD Summer School;
  • a Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • a research project description up to 3 pages in length.

All applications should be submitted via email to no later than April 1, 2023. Successful applicants will be contacted directly by email on April 14, 2023.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Early Career Investigators (ECIs) in the area of research on religion and migration;
  • Relevance of applicants’ studies and research experience to the topics of the workshop;
  • A balanced distribution of educational and geographical backgrounds among participants;
  • Quality and clarity of research project description.

Eligible applicants can apply for reimbursement if they belong to a COST-Country. List of COST countries.

Number of applicants to be reimbursed: 15 (via COST).

Number of participants: 25 (10 places for participants of the Vienna Doctoral School for Theology and Religious Studies and other institutions).


Successful applicants will be reimbursed for travel expenses and a daily allowance to cover accommodation and meal costs.

  • Accommodation and meals: 199 EUR per day (4 days covered)

The expenses will be reimbursed after completing the training school through the e-COST system.

After receiving the acceptance email and the official e-COST invitation, each participant must arrange travel and accommodation.


  • PhD Summer School scientific coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Regina Polak, MAS (
  • PhD Summer School communication officer: Dr. Gintarė Pocė (
  • PhD Summer School administrator: Monika Mannsbarth (



July 12, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
July 16, 2023 @ 12:00 pm


University of Vienna
Schenkenstrasse 8-10, 1010
Vienna, Austria
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