The World in Crisis, Responses and Illuminations
July 9-25, 2012
The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of The New School for Social Research, in collaboration with the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at the University of Lower Silesia, is pleased to announce the twenty-first Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute to be held in Wroc≈Çaw, Poland from July 9-25, 2012. Located in a landmark modernist structure in the largest park of the Lower Silesia region, the institute offers an intensive program of study, equivalent to a full semester of graduate coursework in the US.
This year’s program will unfold around the theme The World in Crisis, Responses and Illuminations and will consider the newest generation of social movements, the meaning of ‘the event’, the politics of public memory, and the promise and vulnerability of cosmopolitanism. The intensive gender workshop will complement the curriculum of the Institute.
COURSES OFFERED: Full course descriptions are available here
The Sociology of the New ‘New Social Movements’
Jeffrey Goldfarb — NSSR, Sociology
Cosmopolitanism and Its Discontents
Andreas Kalyvas — NSSR, Politics
Globalization and the Politics of Public Memory
Elzbieta Matynia — NSSR, Sociology and Liberal Studies
Society and the Event
Robin Wagner-Pacifici ‘ NSSR, Sociology
Intensive Two-evening Workshop on Gender*
Ann Snitow — Eugene Lang College, Literature and Gender Studies
*(Please note that this is a non-credit workshop)
Located between Berlin, Prague, and Warsaw, and saturated with the history and memory of these three distinct cultures, Wroc≈Çaw (formerly Breslau) is a beautiful and booming city that uniquely conveys both the challenges and the promise of a united Europe. Drawing on Wroc≈Çaw’s culture of the borderland, TCDS’s network of distinguished and dedicated collaborators and alumni, and the New School’s reputation stemming from our long-term engagement in the region, the Democracy & Diversity Institute offers a rigorous program of critical inquiry on some of the most pressing problems of our time.
This year’s extracurricular events will include study tours of the Lower Silesia region, including the Gross Rosen concentration camp, and an overnight visit to Dresden. The cultural program includes an exploration of architectural and historical landmarks of Wroc≈Çaw, such as the modernist masterpiece Centennial Hall, Wroc≈Çaw’s Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Quarter of Mutual Respect. Evening gatherings will feature prominent intellectuals, politicians and artists from the region.
All applicants (except for Eugene Lang College applicants):
Applicants should have completed their undergraduate studies by the time of the Institute and should be either enrolled in a postgraduate degree program or working as junior university teachers or researchers. Preference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate active involvement in civil society and civic life.
Applicants from Eugene Lang College:
Applicants must be enrolled at Eugene Lang College as juniors or seniors. Lang students in the Social and Historical Inquiry, Politics, Global Studies and Cultural Studies & Media concentrations are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate active involvement in civil society and civic life.
- Participants from The New School:
Tuition: Tuition costs for courses taken for credit at the 2012 Summer Institute in Wroc≈Çaw are based on the summer 2012 NSSR tuition rates for graduate students, and are part of fall 2012 tuition for Lang students. New School financial aid is applicable. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Program Fee: In addition to the cost of tuition, there is a program fee of $2000 which will cover participants’ room and partial board (breakfast and lunch) for the duration of the Institute, as well as the cultural program of lectures, tours, opening and closing receptions, etc. Travel costs are not included.
Scholarships: Scholarships to cover all or part of the $2000 program fee are available to successful NSSR applicants. Please indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.
- Participants from other universities in the US and universities/NGOs abroad:
Program Fee: The program fee of the 2012 Summer Institute for non-New School students is $2500, covering tuition (non-credit), room and partial board (breakfast and lunch), and the cultural program of lectures, tours, opening and closing receptions, etc. Travel costs are not included.
Scholarships: Limited scholarships to cover all or part of the $2500 program fee may be available. Please indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. However, we encourage all applicants to look for funding sources from their home institutions and local organizations.
HOW TO APPLY
For application instructions and forms, click here.
Please note that applications need to include a CV or resume, an application essay, and a copy of your academic transcript (New School students only).
Non-New School applicants also need to include TOEFL or other evidence of substantial English language skills and one letter of recommendation. Recommendation letters must be sent from the e-mail address belonging to its author or as an attachment to the application letter if scanned.
For applicants in the U.S., the application deadline is April 2, 2012.
For applicants residing outside of the U.S., the application deadline is April 16, 2012.
Looking forward to seeing you in Wroclaw this summer!
For further information, contact TCDS by phone at 212 229-5580 ext. 3137, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Web site at blogs.newschool.edu/tcds.