Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, July 9-25, 2012

We have successfully completed the 21st Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland (July 9-25, 2012).

Check out the article “DEMOCRACY & DIVERSITY SUMMER INSTITUTE: THE WORLD IN CRISIS—RESPONSES AND ILLUMINATIONS” published on The New School University’s NEW_S blog that features the 2012 institute in Wroclaw.


17th Century view of Wroclaw (Wratislavia – Breslau)



The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies of The New School for Social Research, in collaboration with the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at the University of Lower Silesia, is pleased to announce the twenty-first Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute to be held in Wroclaw, Poland from July 9-25, 2012. Located in a landmark modernist structure in the largest park of the Lower Silesia region, the institute offers an intensive program of study, equivalent to a full semester of graduate coursework in the US.

This year’s program will unfold around the theme The World in Crisis, Responses and Illuminations and will consider the newest generation of social movements, the meaning of ‘the event’, the politics of public memory, and the promise and vulnerability of cosmopolitanism. The intensive gender workshop will complement the curriculum of the Institute.

Courses offered :  

  • The Sociology of the New ‘New Social Movements’, Jeffrey Goldfarb — NSSR, Sociology
  • Cosmopolitanism and Its Discontents, Andreas Kalyvas — NSSR, Politics
  • Globalization and the Politics of Public Memory, Elzbieta Matynia — NSSR, Sociology and Liberal Studies
  • Society and the Event, Robin Wagner-Pacifici — NSSR, Sociology
  • Intensive Two-evening Workshop on Gender, Ann Snitow — Eugene Lang College, Literature and Gender Studies

Please see the complete course description . 

Extracurricular activities:
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. To acquaint the participants with Wroclaw’s culture and history, the Institute organized several tours that included a walking tour of Wroclaw, where the students explored the city’s architectural and historical landmarks such as the modernist masterpiece Centennial Hall, the famous Panorama Raclawicka, and the City Hall; a guided tour of Lower Silesia, including the Gross-Rosen Nazi Concentration Camp; and a boat tour of Wroclaw.

Additionally, there were several evening events with artists and intellectuals from the region.

Accommodation in Wroclaw:
The Institute participants shared double and triple rooms at The Park Hotel conveniently located amidst the beautiful Szczytnicki Park about a 30-40 minute walk to the city center. The Hotel’s unique building, which was designed in 1929 by the prominent modernist architect Hans Scharoun (1893-1972), features the principle of organic architecture promoting harmony between human habitation and the natural world.

To see pictures of the building and for more information about the Park Hotel please visit its website.



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

Lala Pop, Program Manager,
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