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2018 Democracy & Diversity Institute

TCDS is pleased to announce its 27th annual Democracy & Diversity Graduate Institute to be held at The New School summer campus in Wroclaw, Poland from July 6-22, 2018.  

This years Institute will be themed
Shifting Ground: The Politics of Fiction & Reality Today

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.

 

Courses

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:

  • The Time is out of Joint: Tragedy and its Absence in Our Comic/Catastrophic Times
    Agnes Heller – Professor Emerita of Philosophy, NSSR

  • Democratic Crisis and the Politics of Social Media
    Claire Potter – Professor of Historical Studies, NSSR

  • “Europe is dead,” Philosophy, History, and Politics in the Thought of Jan Patocka
    James Dodd – Professor of Philosophy, NSSR

  • We the People: Nationalism, Populism, and the Precariousness of the Democratic Project
    Elzbieta Matynia – Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, 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.

Accommodation

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

Eligibility

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.

Program costs

~Participants from The New School:
Tuition: Tuition for applicants from The New School is based on the tuition they pay at their respective home divisions. New School financial aid is applicable. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Program Fee: The program fee of $1,500 covers participants’ room and partial board (breakfast and lunch) for the duration of the Institute, as well as the cultural program of lectures, tours, opening and closing receptions, etc. Travel costs are not included. Successful applicants can apply for support in their respective divisions. New School for Social Research (NSSR) students may apply directly to TCDS for support in covering the program fee.  We encourage all applicants to look for outside funding sources.

~Participants from other institutions in the US and abroad:
Program Fee: The program fee of the 2018 Graduate Summer Institute for non-New School students is $1,500, covering tuition (non-credit), room and partial board (breakfast and lunch), and the cultural program of lectures, tours, opening and closing receptions, etc. Travel costs are not included. We strongly encourage all applicants to look for funding sources from their home institutions and local organizations.

Application deadline

For all New School applicants, the application deadline is March 25, 2018.
For all other applicants, the application deadline is April 2, 2018.

Contact

in Poland:

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

Strzegomska 55, room #405
tel. +48 71 356 15 72
iisce@dsw.edu.pl

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
tcds@newschool.edu

Pictures: Wroclaw 2013

The Virtual Tour of Wroclaw 2013 featuring Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute in Wroclaw 2013.