The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) is designed to
provide advanced graduate students and junior faculty from around the world
with the opportunity to spend one 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. Each of these scholars will teach a
week-long seminar on a foundational thinker or topic of contemporary concern in
a series of hands-on, intensive, and intimate sessions.
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. Yet, in the current landscape in which
most of us work today, there is seldom the time or the opportunity for in-depth
exploration of those modes of inquiry most relevant to our research agendas and
developing projects. The institute offers participants a unique opportunity to pursue this charge in one of three intensive week-long seminars designed
to cultivate styles of thinking and conceptual vocabularies that address the
disparate sites and unequal conditions in which we live. Each morning over the
course of a week, seminar attendees participate in a four-hour Master Class.
Afternoon workshops are devoted to an exchange among seminar participants and
engagement around their projects.
For more information and to apply for the 2015 Summer Session
(June 14-21, 2015), please visit ICSI's website at criticalsocialinquiry.org.