Democracy Studies Summer School, 26-30 June 2017, Switzerland

Publish Date: Dec 09, 2016

Deadline: Mar 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Jun 26, 2017 12:00 to Jun 30, 2016 12:00

Democratization in a Globalized and Mediatized World

On 26-30 June 2017, the fourth NCCR Summer School in Democracy Studies will be held at the University of St. Gallen. Doctoral students from political science, political philosophy, media and communication science, sociology, economics and related disciplines are encouraged to apply by 1 March 2017.
Swiss Summer School on „Democratization in a Globalized and Mediatized World”
St. Gallen

The 2017 Summer School will focus on chances and risks for democracy and democratization in an increasingly interconnected world. It aims to enhance theoretical, empirical and methodological insights into one of the thorniest territories in social sciences: How political systems become and remain democratically governed, and how democratic institutions become and remain socially embedded.

The overarching topic will be addressed in five sessions:

  • Global democratic governance
  • Democratic diffusion
  • Social movements in complex media ecologies
  • Democratic socialization and attitude change
  • Development assistance and natural resource revenue


The 2017 Summer School on Democratization in a globalized and mediatized world comprises an intensive program of lectures and doctoral students' presentations. Five teaching days are scheduled, each of which will focus on a particular theme related to the overall topic of the Summer School:

  • Global democratic governance
  • Democratic diffusion
  • Social movements in complex media ecologies
  • Democratic socialization and attitude change
  • Development assistance and natural resource revenues

Teaching days will consist of two parts:

  • The lecture sessions will be organized and led by two experts: One internationally renowned scholar who gives a lecture and one expert from the University St. Gallen who serves as a chair. The lecture can be followed by a discussion in which one doctoral student can be assigned the role of discussant.
  • In the workshop sessions each PhD student will be given the opportunity to present his or her research on the basis of a paper submitted in advance. They will receive detailed feedback from the international expert, the workshop chair and an assigned PhD student. Doctoral students apply for the workshop in which they want to present their paper.

Participants of the Summer School will receive a certificate (3 ECTS) provided they:

  • attended all lectures and workshops,
  • submitted in due time a paper of 15-20 pages (e.g. research or conference paper, publication draft etc.), which includes
  • aspects of the research process s/he would like to discuss,
  • presented their PhD research in one of the five workshops (max. 10-15 minutes),
  • discussed one peer's research paper, and
  • prepared the required readings.

About DPDS

The DPDS has been established in 2006 by the NCCR Democracy as a Swiss training center for junior scholars in democracy research. In 2013, the program was restructured and institutionalized at the University of Zurich. It is now open to doctoral students in political science, media and communication science and political philosophy who are interested in theoretical and/or empirical issues of democracy research (admission).

The DPDS provides an intensive, multi-disciplinary doctoral training in theoretical and empirical democracy research which enables doctoral students to obtain PhD degrees of such a quality that they can place themselves at the forefront of their discipline(s). Its curriculum contains specific modules to expand doctoral students' general knowledge of democracy research and their specific knowledge about the impact of globalization, democratization and mediatization on politics. Additional training measures contribute to the promotion of doctoral students' individual research, method and transferrable skills that are considered crucial for becoming a fully professionalized scholar.

The DPDS offers doctoral students the unique opportunity to write their PhD thesis - which forms the core part of their doctoral study - in an environment of internationally renowned scholars in the field of democracy research. This can open up new pers­pec­tives with regards to obtaining post-doc or assistant professor positions soon after having completed the PhD (alumni I and alumni II). The thesis can take the form of a monograph or a cumulative PhD thesis which consists of several publications on a single subject. The thesis should be completed within three years.

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