Johannesburg 2013 full program information and application forms now available

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at The New School for Social Research in New York is pleased to announce

12th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute

organized by TCDS and the University of Johannesburg (UJ), to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from January 7-23, 2013. We will again welcome up to forty junior scholars from the US, sub-Saharan Africa, and other regions of the world for this intensive three week program of study in society, culture and politics. The program is designed to facilitate intellectual, experiential, and practical insights into our increasingly globalized world, all while fostering new relationships between scholars usually separated by geographical circumstances.

Building on the achievements of our 2012 Johannesburg Institute and the Cape Town Institutes (1997-2009), this year’s session in Johannesburg will offer a semester’s worth of graduate study centered on the theme:

Between the Past and the Future: Strategies, Shifts and Flows

Known as an intimate international forum for lively and rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life, the institute brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, and highly interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural changes facing today’s world. Core faculty from The New School for Social Research will co-teach seminars with distinguished South African scholars and will be joined by numerous guest speakers. Upon completion of the institute, New School participants receive full course credits and non-New School participants receive certificates of completion.

Johannesburg, the intellectual, economic and cultural hub of South Africa and the gateway to the rest of Africa, provides a stimulating setting for the 12th Democracy & Diversity Institute. Drawing on Johannesburg’s cultural and political significance, and TCDS’s network of collaborators, the Institute promises a strong and innovative program on the state of the world, reflecting our ongoing commitment to critical inquiry and dialogue.



“Youth, Justice and Generations in Africa” (GLIB 5837, CRN 7788)
Hylton White – University of the Witwatersrand, Anthropology
Nafisa Essop Sheik – University of Johannesburg, History
Edith Phaswana – University of Johannesburg, Development Studies

“In Search of the Political: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens” (GANT 6111, CRN 7787)
Miriam Ticktin – The New School for Social Research, Anthropology
Jacob Dlamini – University of Barcelona

“Romancing Violence: Theories and Practices of Political Violence” (GSOC 5051, CRN 7789)
Elzbieta Matynia – The New School for Social Research, Sociology and Liberal Studies
Shireen Hassim – University of the Witwatersrand, Political Studies

“Shifting Power in the Global Economy: Rethinking Development Strategies” (GECO 6360, CRN 7790)
Teresa Ghilarducci – The New School for Social Research, Economics
Richard McGahey – The New School for Public Engagement, Public Policy and Economics
David Moore – University of Johannesburg, Development Studies
Stephen Gelb – University of Johannesburg, Economics and Econometrics

Please view the complete course descriptions


How to Apply

Please visit the application instructions and forms page for details about the application process.


Please note that the application deadline has passed.

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