TCDS Announces 21st Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland

Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute Wroclaw [Vrots-love], Poland

July 9 – 25, 2012

The 21st annual Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute, an intensive program of graduate-level study in society, culture and politics, in Wroclaw, Poland, will be held July 9-25, 2012. Transregional Center for Democratic Studies welcomes up to forty junior scholars from the US, Europe, and other parts of the world to register for 2 out of the 4 graduate-level seminars offered and receive 6 credits.

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

Located between Berlin, Prague and Warsaw, and saturated with the history and memory of these three distinct cultures, Wroclaw (formerly Breslau) is a beautiful and booming city that uniquely conveys both the challenges and the promise of a united Europe. Drawing on Wroclaw’s culture of the borderland, TCDS’s network of distinguished and dedicated collaborators and alumni, and The New School’s long-term engagement in the region, the Institute promises a strong and innovative program on critical issues of today’s world.

Past courses have included: Cosmopolitanism and its Discontents, Professor Andreas Kalyvas, Political Science, NSSR; Romancing Violence: Theories and Practices of Political Violence, Professor Elzbieta Matynia, Liberal Studies & Sociology, NSSR; Media, De-territorialization, and the Sociology of the Sphere of Publics, Professor Jeffrey Goldfarb, Sociology, NSSR; ‘We the People’: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Belonging, Professor Sharika Thiranagama, Anthropology, NSSR; Gender: Stable and Unstable, Professor Ann Snitow, Literature and Gender Studies, Eugene Lang College.

The Institute is organized in collaboration with the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at the University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland.

Please watch for the full program announcement, including course descriptions, faculty, application instructions and deadlines, in mid-February 2012.

TCDS Wroclaw orientation meeting & reception will be held on FEBRUARY 28. Please save the date!

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