Institute for Critical Social Inquiry – Applications for Summer 2017 are now open!

The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) has just announced its 2017 faculty and opened its applications!

K. Anthony Appiah (Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU) will convene the seminar The Cosmopolitan Nationalism of W.E.B. Du Bois; David Harvey (Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY) will convene the seminar Marx and Capital: The Book, The Concept, the History; and Michael Taussig (Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University) will convene the seminar Thought-Images, Body, and Mimesis in Walter Benjamin.

The seminars will run from June 11, 2017 – June 17, 2017,  at The New School, New York.


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, no no more than 2 previous Fellows per seminar will be accepted.

New School PhD students/candidates who have not previously been Fellows at ICSI are eligible to apply and, if accepted, attend tuition-free; we will accept no 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.


The online applications for the 2017 ICSI Summer Seminar are available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2016.

To find out more about the ISCI, founded by Ann L. Stoler, read the ISCI director’s Welcome.