Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

Global Dialogues Fellowship

This program is no longer offered. The details below are for informational purposes only.

A Curatorial Research Program in Critical Concerns of Democratic Culture and Governance

The Global Dialogues Fellowship was s a semester-long study program organized by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies for alumni of our Democracy & Diversity Institutes. The fellowship afforded civic-minded but politically vulnerable scholars from Eurasia — young curators of democracy in that region – an opportunity to join The New School for Social Research (NSSR) for one semester, where they addressed critical concerns of democratic culture and governance through joint work with four NSSR students.

Our Curators of Democracy Program aimed at fostering critical thinking on the ways that societies embedded in different cultural and historical contexts pursue their debates on, and solutions for, problems that they have in common. The key analytical lenses around which the work was centered are Democratization, Civil Society & Civic Life, and issues related to Diversity and Otherness. These are broad themes that allow for the examination of shared interests and more specific challenges, such as the limits of procedural democracy (and the need to complement it with a performative dimension); the threatened idea of citizenship as a quality, not just as a status that indicates belonging to a given state, where the private and public meet, where the exercise of rights and responsibilities can take place.

In the Spring semester of 2019, selected fellows participated in an intensive research cluster focused on the the rubric Public Space, Media, and Democratic Discourse, focusing on dimensions of democratic ideas and practice that often escape the attention of theorists.  Final versions of their projects were presented at the Fellows’ Concluding Conference in May 2019 at The New School.

For the 2019 Call for Applications, click here. Read about our 2019 Fellows here.


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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