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Mobility Studies

Tuition fee €2,642 per year

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Application fee €30 one-time

This fee is non-refundable.

Deposit €200 one-time

In order to accept your place at the University of Padua, the payment of the admission fee is required. This fee is non-refundable.

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Today mobility is a keyword related to migration, transport, mass tourism, global trade, the circulation of digital information and their impact on urban transformations. Beyond everyday perception, mobility is also a new paradigm in the Social Sciences and Humanities, that looks beyond immobile socio-economic structures and fixed cultural identities, in order to provide a new understanding of past and present societies.

The two-year MA programme in Mobility Studies at the University of Padua is driven by the assumption that the Humanities can play a crucial role in facing and understanding mobility in present society. This is something different than offering a focus uniquely on the circulation of people, objects, and ideas in given historical and geographical frameworks. The MA program in Mobility Studies offers a broader approach. It aims at providing students with a selection of specific tools in historical, geographical, anthropological and philological studies, in order to challenge the traditional understanding of human actions, in time and space. “Challenging forces” such as colonization, migration, exile, tourism are seen as factors that shape cultural identities and not only as phenomena of contamination of given cultures. Students will be immersed in an engaging process through which people, texts, images, artifacts, commodities, ideas are moved, translated, transformed, adapted and negotiated by different social actors, sometime in distant spatial contexts, in the past and in the present. The global and local scenarios call for new experts, trained in historical and cultural studies, but ready for political and social action today.

Programme structure

General Modules
Migrations in World History
Transport History
Ideas and Cultures in Motion
Communication and Media in History
Mobile Narratives in Historical Context

History and Social Sciences
Work, migration and globalization
History of Ethnography: Scholars, Travellers, Adventurers
History of Tourism
Demography and Migration
Space, Place and Mobility
Cultural Encounters
Museum Collections Heritage

Theory and methods
Archives and Libraries on the move

Literature, Law and Social Sciences
English as a Global Language
Texts on the move
Digital Philology
European and Global Citizenship
Gender eu politics and globalization
Economic globalization and human rights

Quantitative approaches to mobility research
Public Digital History

Academic speaking and writing
Final Project

The programme is a study track – completely held in English – of the Master’s degree programme in Scienze storiche

Career opportunities

Graduates work as:

1. State and local government agencies;
2. International organisations;
3. NGOs;
4. Think tanks;
5. Cultural tourism;
6. Heritage digital industries;
7. Media aand communications;
8. Academic researchers;
9. Galleries, museums, archives, libraries

Apply now! Academic year 2024/25
Application deadline
2 Feb 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
1 Oct 2024
Apply now! Academic year 2024/25
Application deadline
2 Feb 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
1 Oct 2024