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Calls for Papers

2019-2020 Andrea Mitchell Center Graduate Workshop Call for Papers

2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Deadline: August 7, 2019
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The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy invites paper proposals for its Annual Graduate Workshop Series at the University of Pennsylvania. We welcome submissions by doctoral students (PhD, JSD, SJD, etc.) from any university and discipline whose research explores the controversies, dilemmas, and promises of democratic society.

The Center provides an interdisciplinary venue for graduate students to present their research and receive constructive scholarly feedback. By placing papers in conversation with each other across disciplinary boundaries, we hope to provoke new ways of thinking about the implications of democracy and citizenship. We encourage papers that interrogate democracy and citizenship from any of the following dimensions and beyond:

• Tensions between definitions of democracy and citizenship
• Public attitudes towards state institutions across time
• Comparative analyses across national contexts
• Law and public policy
• Inequality and social stratification
• Race and racism
• Cultural memory and public history
• Media and social movements

You can find titles of papers presented at the Graduate Workshop in past years here.

The Andrea Mitchell Center’s Graduate Workshop is a yearlong series held once a month between September 2019 and May 2020. Two graduate students, usually from different fields, present their papers at each meeting. A discussant will help foster conversation between the papers. Presentations are approximately 10 minutes per paper, followed by comments and then a group discussion. Papers are circulated 10 days in advance of the workshop and should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages.

Applications are due August 7th, 2019 to Please send 1) an abstract of up to 300 words including a working title for the paper and up to 5 keywords, 2) a brief statement that indicates your discipline, institution, and when your paper will be ready, and 3) a note of which of the following workshop dates you would be available for, in order of preference.

September 18, 2019
October 16, 2019
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
January 22, 2020
February 19, 2020
March 18, 2020
April 15, 2020

Unfortunately we will not be able to provide funding for travel or accommodations. Feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you!