From 7th until 11th March 2022, Prof. Francesco Strazzari coordinates the intensive Seasonal  School  in “African Perspectives: Change, Conflicts, Connections”, which will take place at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa (Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33).

The course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and will be taught in English. The course lasts for 40 hours (8 hours per day) and gives the possibility to acquire 4 ECTS for students attending the entire course and passing the foreseen learning assessment tests.

You can find more info on the call for participation here:

Deadline to apply: 10 February 2022

Link to apply:


  • Developing a comprehensive, critical, interdisciplinary and updated view of the challenges and opportunities arising from the dynamics of transformation and conflict in Africa, taken as a whole, that is, beyond the standard dichotomy between North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Familiarizing students with cutting-edge analytical tools for the study of diversity and social change, including comparative-historical sociology, post-colonial and gender studies, immersive and digital ethnography, and audiovisual media;
  • Enabling the acquisition of the theoretical knowledge, critical tools and essential skills that are relevant to a variety of professional domains and careers, including within international and regional organizations, NGOs, think tanks, research centres and academia.


Building on a multidisciplinary approach, the Seasonal School intends to offer its participants a wide range of analytical tools, drawing from political sciences, international relations, political economy, communication, conflict studies, ecology and area studies. The School will place particular emphasis on cutting-edge perspectives, such as post-colonial and gender studies, digital ethnography and critical sociology.

The teaching methodology will be mixed, with a combination of different formats to stimulate the active and critical engagement of all participants: frontal lectures will be complemented by dialogue sessions between academics and practitioners, round tables with established and junior scholars, as well as informal social events (movies, music, dinners).


  • Undergraduate students
  • Master's degree students
  • Ph.D. candidates

from different backgrounds and who have already obtained at least 60 credits in: political science, sociology, economics, history, philosophy, law, foreign languages, geography, area studies.

TEACHING STAFF (among others)

Prof Francesco Strazzari, Dr Luca Raineri, Prof Enrico Pè, Dr Elisa Piras, Prof Marco Roventini