Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

30th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute

July 5-20, 2023


Wrocław, Poland

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) of the New School for Social Research is very pleased to announce the return to our summer campus in Wrocław for the 30th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute taking place this year July 5 – 20, 2023.

Widely admired as an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life, the Democracy and Diversity Institute brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, and highly interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today’s world. 

Conceived over 30 years ago as a site for “civic-minded scholarship,” the Institute is known for a rigorous and demanding academic program that offers an academically and personally transformative experience, along with ongoing membership in an expanding international collaborative community. 

The forward-looking theme of this year’s Institute, AFTER VIOLENCE, centers on four graduate seminars, augmented by evening conversations, micro-events and excursions.

Graduate students — and some selected advanced undergraduate students — from any university, are eligible to apply and can choose to enroll in 2 of the 4 courses offered, (New School students will earn 3 credits per course; non-New School participants will receive completion certificates).

Courses Offered:

Climate Violence/Climate Justice

Alex Aleinikoff, University Professor and Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School

Alice Crary, University Distinguished Professor, Philosophy, Liberal Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies, The New School for Social Research

(full course description is here)

Racecraft: Debates from Africa

Shireen Hassim, Canada150 Research Chair in Gender and African Politics, Carleton University, Ottawa

(full course description is here)

American Democracy on Knife’s Edge?

Jeffrey C. Isaac, James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington

(full course description is here)

Romancing Violence: Theories and Practices of Political Violence

Elzbieta Matynia, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, The School for Social Research

(full course description is here)

Please read the Full Program Description and access the Application Form.

This year, through a small grant to the Centre for Urban History in Lviv, Ukraine, the East-West Management Institute (EWMI,, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York, is supporting two Ukrainian scholars and civic activists to participate in the 2023 Diversity and Democracy Institute that will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, in July 2023. The scholars supported this summer are: Daryna Korkach, Independent Scholar, History of Ukraine, and Ulyana Kyrchiv, History, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine, who were the TCDS Fall 2022 Transregional Dialogues Fellows. The Institute is organized by the Transregional Centre for Democratic Studies (TCDS) of The New School for Social Research (NSSR) in New York. This support is part of EWMI’s Ukraine Solidarity Small Grants Program that provides funding and networking support to civil society organizations and think tanks in Ukraine prioritizing initiatives and groups that might not attract the level of support that they need, such as women heads of households, Roma, LGBTQI persons, academics, the elderly, etc.

Co-organized with the DSW University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław, Poland.


The New School for Social Research
6 East 16th St., Rm 921, NY, NY 10003
212-229-5100 ext. 3136

Elzbieta Matynia, Director
212-229-5580 ext. 3137

Lala Pop, Program Manager,
PhD Student, Politics
212-229-5100 ext. 3136

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