Call for Applications
Global Dialogues Fellowships: A Semester-Long Research Program in Critical Concerns of Democratic Culture & Governance
Beyond Procedural Democracy
In the Spring of 2018, the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies will be hosting the second cohort of four visiting scholars from Eurasia working in close collaboration with four graduate students from NSSR. Together, the eight Global Dialogues Fellows, along with faculty advisors, will form an intensive, semester-long research group under the rubric Beyond Procedural Democracy, focusing on dimensions of democratic ideas and practice that often escape the attention of theorists. In the course of the semester each Fellow should be able to develop or fine-tune a specific project to become an element of her/his dissertation project, and ideally a publishable article. Final works will be presented in a concluding conference at the end of the semester.
Those who consider applying for a Global Dialogues Fellowship should be interested in exploring afresh both theoretically articulated and historically performed or currently practiced ideas and practices of democracy that transcend the limits of procedural/formal democracy, looking at its more substantive, but often neglected side. The critical democracy perspective may examine the intellectual contributions of western thought, post-colonial diasporic scholarship, or imaginative inspirations as offered through the arts and literature. Among the key collaborators at The New School will be faculty members of the NSSR’s departments of Political Philosophy, Sociology, Politics, and Anthropology.
Selection of Global Dialogues Fellows
International Applicants should be advanced MA or PhD students from the countries broadly conceived as Eurasia (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakstan, Armenia, Georgia , Belarus). New School Applicants should be advanced MA or PhD students at NSSR. All applicants should be committed to linking their academic work with responsibility vis‑à‑vis their respective societies. Since the key objective of the fellowship is to share and discuss locally produced insights, both conceptual and informed by citizens’ actions, we are looking for teamwork-oriented junior scholars wanting to advance their work in close collaboration with others. Since this fellowship builds on the shared academic experience at the annual Democracy & Diversity Summer Institutes in Wroclaw, and since its international contingent will be constituted by alumni of the Institute, New School alumni of D&D are particularly welcome. New School Global Dialogues Fellow’s will receive a stipend for the Spring 2018 semester and International Fellow’s will be awarded a monthly stipend, living expenses (Rent/Utilities), and travel costs to and from New York.
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