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2019 Democracy & Diversity Institute

TCDS is pleased to announce its 28th annual Democracy & Diversity Graduate Institute to be held at The New School summer campus in Wroclaw, Poland from July 9-25, 2019.  

This years Institute will be themed
Reclaiming Democratic Performatives: Actors, Spaces, Processes

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:

  • International Refugee Law: Policy, Practice, Inventive Responses
    Alex Aleinikoff – Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility

  • Radical Animal: Dismantling Discourses of Dehumanization
    Alice Crary – Professor of Philosophy, NSSR

  • #MeToo: Sex, Power and the Public Sphere
    Shireen Hassim – Carleton University, Ottawa

  • 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.


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.

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 2019 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, 2019.
For all other applicants, the application deadline is April 1, 2019.


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

Pictures: Wroclaw 2013

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