Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute

Democracy & Diversity Summer InstituteWrocław [Vrots-love], PolandJuly 9-25, 2012
The World in Crisis—Responses and Illuminations

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.

The courses offered at the 2012 Institute include:
Globalization and the Politics of Public Memory

Elzbieta Matynia The New School for Social Research, Sociology and Liberal Studies
Cosmopolitanism and Its Discontents

Andreas Kalyvas The New School for Social Research, Politics
Society and the Event

Robin Wagner-Pacifici The New School for Social Research, Sociology

The Sociology of the New “New Social Movements”

Jeffrey Goldfarb The New School for Social Research, Sociology

Gender Workshop with Ann Snitow (two-evening, non-credit workshop)

Ann Snitow Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Literature and Gender Studies

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 reputation stemming from our long-term engagement in the region, the Democracy & Diversity Institute offers a rigorous program of critical inquiry on some of the most pressing problems of our time.

This year’s extracurricular events will include study tours of the Lower Silesia region, including the Gross Rosen concentration camp, and an overnight visit to Dresden. The cultural program includes an exploration of architectural and historical landmarks of Wroclaw, such as the modernist masterpiece Centennial Hall, Wroclaw’s Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Quarter of Mutual Respect. Evening gatherings will feature prominent intellectuals, politicians and artists from the region.

For further information about the program including eligibility, program costs, application instructions and application form, please view the complete Wroclaw 2012 announcement.