Announcing the 13th Democracy & Diversity Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa–January 2015

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of The New School for Social Research in New York is pleased to announce the 13th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this January.  Organized by TCDS and our new partner, the University of the Witwatersrand, we will again welcome up to forty junior scholars from the U.S., sub-Saharan Africa, and other regions of the world for this intensive three week program of study in contemporary society, culture and politics.

Students will have the opportunity to enroll in 2 courses for six graduate credits.  The full program and list of courses, as well as the dates of the Institute, which will take place in January 2015 and will conclude before the end of winter break (Jan 25th) are being finalized and will be available on our website ( by October 1, 2014.

Johannesburg, the intellectual, economic and cultural hub of South Africa and the gateway to the rest of Africa, provides a stimulating setting for the 13th Democracy & Diversity Institute which is known as an intimate international forum for 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.

Building on the achievements of our 2012 and 2013 Johannesburg Institutes and the Cape Town Institutes (1997-2009) this year’s 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.  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.

For further information, contact TCDS by phone at 212 229-5580 ext. 3137, by email, or visit our Web site at