The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies hosts transregional and cross-departmental research and study programs, conducted both at home and abroad, bring together civic-minded students, junior and senior scholars, and civil society actors from various regional contexts. Our activities — region-based institutes, workshops, conferences, talks, and fellowships — are designed to further strengthen social and human capital, i.e., individuals and organizations concerned with the promise and sustainability of democracy. Our flagship projects have been the annual Democracy & Diversity Graduate Summer Institutes (held in Poland since 1991 and also in South Africa from 1999 to 2015), aimed at a rigorous quest for a more textured understanding of the precariousness of democracy as it arises almost everywhere.
The Democracy Seminar is a project convened by publisher and founding editor Jeffrey Goldfarb and senior editors Elzbieta Matynia and Jeffrey C. Isaac. This world-wide discussion among pro-democracy intellectuals and activists addresses the political, social and cultural obstacles to democratic governance; investigates the rise and appeal of illiberal philosophies and practices; and explores ways for rolling back autocratic politics. Read here about the first international meeting of the DS project.
The Gender and Sexualities Studies Institute (GSSI) is the new intellectual center for people working in the fields of gender, sexualities, and LGBTQI+ studies, providing a home for diverse forms of scholarship, creative practice, and public programming.
Co-founded by Chiara Bottici, associate professor of philosophy, and Lisa Rubin, associate professor of psychology, GSSI brings together faculty and students across the university involved with the Gender and Sexuality Studies graduate certificate program and the Gender Studies undergraduate minor, as well as those teaching, researching, or taking courses in the history of feminist thought and action; masculinity studies; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies; and queer theory.