Course List and Applications Now Available for 13th Democracy & Diversity Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa!

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 8-24, 2015.  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 of the following courses for six graduate credits:

Precarious Citizenship: Democracy and the Foreigner
Andreas Kalyvas (NSSR, Politics) and Hylton White (University of the Witwatersrand, Anthropology)

Producing and Consuming Places: Travel, Ethnography, Globalization
Rachel Sherman (NSSR, Sociology) and Pamila Gupta (University of the Witwatersrand, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research)

Regarding Gender: Tensions in Feminist Theory and Practice
Elzbieta Matynia (NSSR, Sociology and Liberal Studies) Shireen Hassim (University of the Witwatersrand, Political Studies)

Media, Publics and Politics
Jeffrey Goldfarb (NSSR, Sociology) and Daryl Glaser (University of the Witwatersrand, Political Studies)

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.

The Deadline for Applications is Novemeber 12, 2014

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