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2020 Democracy & Diversity Institute

Photo credit: Hong Kong, July 1: Antigovernment protesters clashed with the police before a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China from Britain. Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times.

TCDS is pleased to announce its 29th annual Democracy & Diversity Graduate Institute to be held at The New School summer campus in Wroclaw, Poland from July 2-18, 2020.  

This years Institute will be themed
Reimagining Our Future

and will consist of four graduate seminars as well as a cultural program for which New School students will earn six credits and non-New School students will earn a certificate of completion. Widely admired as an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life, the D&D Institute brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, and highly interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today’s world.



New School students register for 2 out of the 4 graduate-level seminars offered, and receive 6 credits, while other participants receive Institute certificates. The following courses are offered at this year’s Wroclaw Institute:

  • Feminism Beyond Nation
    Shireen Hassim – Chair in Gender and African Politics, Carleton University, Ottawa

  • Politics of Resistance
    Jeffrey Isaac – Professor of Political Science, Indiana University

  • The Power of Social Imaginaries – Making Sense of the Political Today
    Elzbieta Matynia – Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, NSSR

  • Rethinking Utopia
    Dmitri Nikulin– Professor of Philosophy, NSSR

Extracurricular activities

To acquaint the participants with Wroclaw’s culture and history, the Institute organizes several tours that will include a walking tour of Wroclaw, where the students will explore the city’s architectural and historical landmarks such as the modernist masterpiece Centennial Hall, the famous Panorama Racławicka, 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 will be several evening events with artists and intellectuals from the region.


The Institute participants will be housed in the ‘Brownstone Under the Angels’ Residence located adjacent to the historical city center.


Graduate applicants: Applicants should have completed their undergraduate studies by the time of the Institute and should be either enrolled in a postgraduate degree program or working as junior university teachers or researchers. Preference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate active involvement in civil society and civic life.

Advanced undergraduate applicants:
Applicants must be enrolled as juniors or seniors. Preference will be given to those applicants who, while academically inclined, can demonstrate an active interest in civic life.

How to apply

Please view the application instructions and submit application materials here.

Application deadline

For all New School applicants, the application deadline is March 30, 2020.
For all other applicants, the application deadline is April 6, 2020.


in Poland:

International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education (IISCE)

Strzegomska 55, room #405
tel. +48 71 356 15 72

in USA:

Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS)

80 Fifth Avenue, room #517
New York, NY 10011
tel: 1 212 229 5580/x3137 or x3139