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20th Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institute Wrocław, Poland, July 8-24, 2011


Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and should be enrolled in an advanced degree program and/or working as junior university teachers or researchers. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate active involvement in the civic life of their countries and communities.

The Transregional Center of Democratic Studies of The New School for Social Research is pleased to announce that the 20th Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute will be held July 8-24, 2011. The Summer Institute meets annually in the inspiring city of Wroclaw, Poland in a landmark modernist structure located in the largest park of the Lower Silesia region. The institute is an intensive program of study, equivalent to a full semester of graduate study in the United States. TCDS looks forward to welcoming another cohort of up to 40 junior scholars from the U.S., Europe, and all parts of the world to this anniversary session of the Democracy & Diversity Institute.

The institute is an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life. It brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, and interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today's world. This year's program will unfold around the theme The World in Crisis: A Critical Reading and will consider political violence, the salient role of new social media, the contestation of gender, and the ethnicization of politics.

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. Drawing on Wroclaw's culture of the borderland, TCDS's network of distinguished and dedicated collaborators and alumni, and The New School's long-term engagement in this region, this summer's institute will offer a rigorous program of critical inquiry into some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Our local collaborator is the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at the University of Lower Silesia.

Application deadline: MARCH 14, 2011.

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