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Call for Papers - 2022-23 Graduate Workshop Series

Please submit your proposal here.
Deadline Extended: Sun. July 10, 2022.

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 any 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 over definitions and practices of democracy 
  • Citizenship and political membership
  • Responses and resistance to political institutions 
  • Movement and migration
  • Law and public policy
  • Public health
  • Economic inequality and social stratification
  • Movements for democracy and social change in particular regions
  • Technological changes
  • Policing and militarization
  • Issues of race, gender, religion, and sexuality  
  • Cultural memory and public history
  • Media and misinformation
  • 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 year-long series held once a month between September 2022 and May 2023. Two graduate students, usually from different fields, present their papers at each meeting. Presentations are approximately 10 minutes per paper, followed by a group discussion. Papers must be submitted three weeks in advance of the workshop to be circulated. Papers should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages.

Applications are due Sun. July 10, 2022. Please submit your applications through this Google form.

The application will require the following information:

1. An abstract of up to 300 words including a working title for the paper and up to 5 keywords connecting your project to the aforementioned themes,
2. A brief statement that indicates your discipline and institution, and
3. Three workshop dates (from those mentioned below) that suit your availability, in order of preference.
4. Are you willing and able to present the paper in person in Philadelphia?

Dates for the Graduate Workshop Series, 2022 and 2023
*Note: your paper must be ready to be submitted three weeks prior to the workshop date*

  • September 21, 2022
  • October 19, 2022 
  • November 16, 2022 
  • December 14, 2022 
  • January 18, 2023 
  • February 15, 2023 
  • March 15, 2023 
  • April 12, 2023 

All workshops will be held from 12-1:30 pm ET.

The Center is flexible about holding the sessions in person or over Zoom, depending on participants’ preferences and abilities. We will use one of two formats on a case-by-case basis: in-person, if both presenters are willing and able to travel to Philadelphia (the event will still be live-streamed); or entirely virtual in the case that one of the presenters is unwilling or unable to travel to Philadelphia. Participants will not be required to travel for the workshop. 

Please note that in the event travel is possible, we will be unable to provide funding for travel or accommodations. Feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you!