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Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) 2016 Summer Seminars


The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research is now accepting fellowship applications for our 2016 Summer Seminars. Founded and directed by Ann Laura Stoler, ICSI offers advanced graduate students and faculty from around the world the opportunity to participate in a weeklong fellowship, during which they work closely with eminent scholars who have shaped how we think today.

The coming year’s Summer Seminars will run from June 12-18, 2016 and will be led by Jay M. Bernstein (New School for Social Research), who will convene the seminar Of Masters and Slaves: Reading Hegel's PhenomenologyJudith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), who will convene the seminar Freud to Klein: Death Drive, Pleasure, Ethics; and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia), who will convene the seminar Why Marx Today?

Born of The New School’s historic focus on exploring pressing contemporary issues, the ICSI is designed to cultivate a style of critical inquiry that applies conceptual care and innovation to real-world problems. ICSI provides a rare opportunity for young and seasoned scholars to re-immerse themselves in intensive graduate-level study with leading theorists in morning Master Classes and to workshop their dissertations and book projects in the afternoon.

The application portal for the 2016 Summer Seminars opens September 1, 2015 and closes December 1, 2015. International scholars, especially those in the Global South, are encouraged to apply; scholarships and travel grants are available.

The 2015 inaugural cohort of fellows included PhD candidates, post-doctoral scholars, and junior and senior faculty from 17 countries who worked intensively in seminars led by Talal Asad (City University of New York), Simon Critchley (NSSR), and Patricia J. Williams (Columbia Law School).

We encourage you to take a look at our website and to share this announcement widely with your friends, colleagues, and students.