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Call for Fellows: ICSI 2018 Summer Seminars

The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research is now accepting applications for their 2018 Summer Seminars (June 10 - 16, 2018) with Richard J. Bernstein, Jean and John Comaroff, Nilüfer Göle. Advanced graduate students and faculty are eligible to apply.

  • Date: 10.06.2018 – 16.10.2018
  • Institution: Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI)
  • Location: New York / USA
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ICSI offers advanced graduate students and faculty from around the world the opportunity to spend a week at the New School’s campus in Greenwich Village, working closely with some of the most distinguished thinkers shaping the course of contemporary social inquiry. The Institute is founded on the premise that responding to current and emergent problems requires developing our collective capacities to formulate new and better questions, rather than relying on the application of all too familiar ready-made theories. The themes are mobile and responsive, joining conceptual labor with pressing political concerns in our times, in an effort to understand and act upon better that which is emergent on the collective horizons.

The Institute offers a unique and intensive opportunity for fellows to pursue this charge in one of the three week-long seminars designed to cultivate styles of thinking and conceptual vocabularies that address the disparate sites and unequal conditions in which we live.

2018 Seminars and Faculty

June 10 - 16, 2018

The Relevance of Hannah Arendt
Richard J. Bernstein
(Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research)

Theory from the South: Interrogating the Global Dis/Order
Jean and John Comaroff
(Professors of African and African American Studies and Anthropology, Harvard)

EuroIslam: Secular Public Culture in Question
Nilüfer Göle
(Professor of Sociology, EHESS)


Advanced doctoral students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply to participate as Fellows in one of the three seminars (applicants may only select ONE seminar).

There are 60 available seats (20 per seminar).

If you do not attend the New School for Social Research and have previously been a Fellow at ICSI, you are eligible to apply again; however, it will be not accepted more than 2 previous Fellows per seminar.

New School PhD students/candidates who have not previously been Fellows at ICSI are eligible to apply and, if accepted, attend tuition-free; it will not be accepted more than 2 Fellows per seminar from the New School.

Successful applications will be those that demonstrate a compelling rationale for joining the particular seminar for which the candidate is applying, significant intellectual preparation, and a commitment to critical and creative thought in a collaborative environment.


Tuition includes the weeklong seminar (including 5 Master Classes and 5 Workshops), one public lecture by each of the three faculty, one communal lunch, and the opening and closing receptions. Tuition does NOT cover travel, housing, or food. Tuition fees for all Fellows are below-cost, thanks to funding from the New School's Board of Trustees and private gifts. Tuition fees are as follows:

Full Tuition
PhD students/candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and contingent faculty: $900
Junior faculty (tenure-track): $1,100
Tenured faculty: $1,500

Reduced Tuition*
Students and faculty: $400

*Priority for reduced-tuition scholarships will be given to applicants from the Global South (Latin America, Asia, Africa, and parts of the Middle East), though in some cases the organizers may consider scholars at institutions in Southern and Eastern Europe, and in very rare cases, scholars at resource-poor institutions in the United States and Canada. Please make sure you fully answer all questions regarding funding in the application below to help us determine your eligibility for scholarships.


All applicants who reside more than 125 miles from New York City will be considered for travel/housing stipends of either $200 or $1,000 to defray the cost of traveling to New York City. In most cases, awards of $200 are given to Fellows coming from the Global North and awards of $1,000 are given to Fellows coming from the Global South, but the organizers review each candidate based on their specific circumstances. If awarded a stipend, Fellows will receive checks upon arrival the week of June 10, 2018.


The online application for the 2018 ICSI Summer Seminar is available here. Applications are due before midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified with admissions decisions by the end of January. If accepted, a $100 deposit is due by February 15, 2018, with the balance due by March 15, 2018.

Applications will only be reviewed if ALL of the following steps are completed:

  1.  Complete the Application Form.
  2. When prompted in the application, attach a 2-page double-spaced statement of purpose that clearly and persuasively outlines your current research project, your training and preparation, and how you will benefit from the particular Master Class you wish to attend as well as the ICSI as a whole.
  3. When prompted in the application, attach a current CV.

Statements and CVs MUST be uploaded as Adobe PDF file.

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