The New School for Social Research
supports an array of centers and special programs that foster interdisciplinary
research, fuel policy debates, and promote public discussion about pressing
social issues. These centers and special programs address topics including
global migration, democratic change, design and ethnography, and capitalism.
Two recent additions to the centers are:
The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought
Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and based in the New
School for Social Research, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography
& Social Thought incubates transdisciplinary ethnographic research at
the intersection of social theory and design, and fosters wide-ranging dialogue
on related themes across the University.
Drawing on the New School’s tradition of politically-engaged, historically-grounded,
and theoretically-innovative social research, as well as on our strengths as a
center of design thinking and practice, GIDEST annually supports five faculty
and five doctoral fellows and provides members of the campus community with a lively
and inventive research environment and a focused interdisciplinary space in
which to develop their ideas.
For more information, please email GIDEST and visit the website.
Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies
The Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies brings
together faculty and students for interdisciplinary conversations around
theoretical approaches to –and analytic methods for – the study of capitalism
in its myriad forms. Affiliated faculty and students share commitment to
critical thought, ethical reflection, and real-world relevance in their
research. Our graduate and undergraduate courses examine the basic logic
of capitalism (as conceived by a range of theorists), its culturally and
historically specific varieties, and its ability to structure our political
possibilities and creative endeavors. Through interdisciplinary research and
teaching, the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies aims to
develop and to promote theoretical and analytic tools that can help us to
envision and to instantiate different and better economies – local and global –
for the future.
For more information, please email the Heilbroner Center.