Host Institution

The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School will be held from 2016-2018 at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Department of Communication and Performing Arts.


Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Founded in Milan in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is Europe's most important Catholic university. It is also the only university in Italy with campuses all over the country: in Milan, Piacenza, Cremona, Brescia and Rome – which is also home to the Agostino Gemelli General Hospital. Academic excellence, a commitment to charting the frontiers of research, and high standards of services are the strengths of an institution long recognised for its openness to innovation and change. Università Cattolica holds a place in European tradition as a seat of cultural development; the strong and essential focus on a comprehensive, unifying building of knowledge facilitates an understanding and interpretation of the complexities of life today. The university’s mission translates into the offer of an education focused on development of the person as a whole.

Based on these ideals and this commitment, Università Cattolica has educated many of the individuals in past and present positions of leadership in Italy. The thousands of graduates since the institution's foundation include eminent scholars, politicians, lawyers, educators, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, professionals, journalists, writers, publishers, and Church leaders. And there are so many other graduates, some better known than others, who have contributed to building Università Cattolica's reputation in Italy and around the world.

Milan Campus


A city within a city

8 Faculties, 19 departments, 9 institutes, 42 research centres and 9 residential colleges, for a total of 30,000 students

A cosmopolitan, multicultural environment is set around the two main cloisters of the historic Saint Ambrose monastery designed by Bramante. The heart of Università Cattolica is located here, in Largo Gemelli. The historic seat of the university is a campus in the city centre, serving more than 30,000 students; it is a setting which unites tradition and modernity, rigor and creativity, excellence and innovation.

The campus, one of the most prestigious architectural complexes in Milan, is located in what was a Cistercian monastery adjacent to the Basilica of Saint Ambrose. The two cloisters, with the adjoining, early 20th century facade designed by Giovanni Muzio, have become the symbol of the university.

But the Milan campus of Università Cattolica is much more than this. It is an extensive campus, almost a university town, with different hubs throughout the heart of the city, where it is possible to partake in lively interdisciplinary, educational and cultural debate.

More information about the University can be found here and here.

More information about life in Milan, places to see, monuments and churches can be found here.


Department of Communication Studies and Performing Arts

The Department of Communication and Performing Arts was set up in November 1999, following the success of the Media and Communication Research Institute created by Gianfranco Bettetini in 1982. This Institute carried on the tradition of the Centre for Excellence in Journalism and Audiovisual Media (currently known as "Almed") established in 1961 by professor of Philology and drama historian Mario Apollonio. Francesco Casetti led the research within this department in the centres established in Milan and Brescia from the beginning to 2010. From 2011 to 2013 the department was chaired by Annamaria Cascetta. Currently the department is chaired by Fausto Colombo.

Research: The scientific work is the result of the merging of different theoretical and empirical research trends and expertise, focusing on historical, semiotic, sociological and anthropological guidelines. Six main areas characterize the research, the backbone of the overall department's organization: Media sociology, Media anthropology, Film studies, Radio and television studies, Semiotics, Drama and Performing arts.

Teaching: The department staff plays a central role in the educational projects of several faculties of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore: Humanities, Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Education and Economics. The department's aim is to develop connections with other research and cultural centres. This is achieved thanks to seminars, meetings and conferences organized both nationally and internationally. Television, cinema, press and communication professionals are also involved in the research work and lecturing on a fixed term contract for various BA courses and post-graduate studies. The department is proud to have among its staff some of the leading professionals currently working in the communication field in Italy.

PhD programs: The department also organizes PhD projects in the fields of both Communication studies and Drama and Performing Arts studies.

Publications and Journals: The series Media, spettacolo e processi culturali is published by Vita e Pensiero, the official university publisher, as a periodic up-date of the analyses carried out within the department. The four-monthly journal Comunicazioni Sociali is characterized by monographic studies reporting on specific research areas.

More information about the department can be found here.

Venues of the Summer School

Most of the workshops and lectures of the summer school programme will take place in Palazzo Gonzaga di Vescovado, via Carducci 28/30. 



How to Reach The Milan Campus

1) By Plane

If you are coming to Milan by plane you will land either at the Intercontinental Airport of Malpensa, the largest airport in northern Italy, at Linate Airport or at Orio al Serio Airport.

The information number for Linate and Malpensa airports is +39 02 74852200.

The information number for Orio al Serio Airport is +39 035 326323.

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Linate airport is just outside the city at a distance of only 7 km. There are two main connections from the airport to the city:

  1. the number 73 bus to the city centre (running approx. every 10 minutes, final stop in Corso Europa – underground station S. Babila, Red line, i.e. line 1)
  2. the Air Bus shuttle running from the Central Railway Station (underground station Centrale, Green and Yellow lines, i.e. line 2 and line 3; every 30 minutes approx.)


Malpensa airport is 45 km from the city. It has two terminals, connected by a shuttle bus. Please remember to check which terminal your plane will be landing at or leaving from.

Several services provide transportation between this airport and the centre of town: 1) the “Malpensa Express” train, to/from the centre of Milan (underground stations: Cadorna, Centrale and Garibaldi); 2) public bus connection to/from the Central Railway Station, every 20 minutes.

Orio al Serio

Milano - Orio al Serio airport is 45 km from the city. The airport has road connections with the Central Railway Station.

The “Autostradale” bus company service connects the airport to the Central Railway Station in about one hour. It runs every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the time of day.

Alternatively you can reach the Central Station in about 50 minutes using the “Orioshuttle” bus service. It runs every 30 minutes.

2) By Train

The main railway station in Milan is Milano Centrale (Central Station). Once you reach the Central Station, you will find many different connections to other areas:

  1. Underground: two underground lines cross at the Central Station, the Green line (line 2) and the Yellow line (line 3). By underground you can also reach the other railway stations in Milan (Cadorna, Rogoredo, Garibaldi and Lambrate)
  2. Several different buses and trams connect the railway station to the various parts of town
  3. Shuttle buses to and from the airports of Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio

For information on trains in Italy please consult the following

3) By Car

Milan has the biggest Italian highway system. Milan's ring road is the end point of highway A4 coming from Turin, the A4 from Venice and Verona; A1 connecting Milan and Bologna, Florence and Rome; the A7 coming from Genoa and Liguria; and the A8/A9 that go to Switzerland as well as Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. The ring road is divided in Tangenziale Est and Tangenziale Ovest. 



Participants will be randomly assigned a room – single or double – in one of two locations (10 minutes walk one from the other):


Collegio di Milano: Via San Vigilio, 10 - 20142 Milano

Expocollege: Via Zumbini, 6 - 20143 Milano



map (Collegio di Milano – Expo College)


For everybody, the gathering point for the day of arrival is at Collegio di Milano, where you will receive information on the room that has been assigned to you.