Call for Applications: ICAS:MP Virtual Spring School 2021 for Doctoral Researchers- ‘Thinking the Political’

Application deadline: 31 January 2021
Announcement of accepted applicants: approx. 20 February 2021
Confirmation of attendance by selected participants: 1 March 2021
Call for Application Link:


The 2021 Spring School of ICAS:MP is designed to offer broad-based theoretical training to doctoral researchers and enhance methodological competence. Addressing the question of how to conceive “the political”, the Spring School aims to follow the controversies and negotiations that are a core characteristic of modern societies across all major life arenas, and discuss conflicting views about the shaping of contemporary social processes. The political is in a state of perpetual metamorphosis, encompassing new fields of social practice as it withdraws from others, occasionally appearing as ‘anti-politics’. Dimensions of the political are discussed in a variety of disciplinary contexts, including political science, philosophy, anthropology, gender studies, history and sociology. The Spring School will follow a comparative approach and identify core issues across different world regions. On the theoretical level, we will contrast post-colonial perspectives with western conceptualizations that had for long been taken as both normative and exemplary. Debates emanating from the Global South will play a particularly significant role.


Day 1: Thinking the Political: Introduction, and Democracy
Day 2: Decent Society (indecent society, disgust, hate speech, prejudice, discrimination, humiliation, civility and justice, solidarity and fraternity redefined from gender perspectives)
Day 3: Democracy and Citizenship (as contested categories with statist and dissenting perspectives; insurgent constitutionalism, people’s constitution; recognition; belonging)
Day 4:City/Country: Changing Spatial Order (territory, protest, civil disobedience)
Day 5: Labour and Work (technology and informalisation, skilling and de-skilling)

Gender issues will be raised across all sessions.

Eligibility and how to apply:

PhD students who are at least in the 2nd year of their PhD Programme with a research interest in the theoretical framework of this project from all disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to apply.

- Please fill in the application form (download at incl. a statement of motivation (max.500 words) stating your interest and contribution to the field of ‘Thinking the Political’, and submit the following documents in English language as single PDF by email to Ms.Tanya Bansal (
- A detailed curriculum vitae (1-2 pages)
- Confirmation of enrolment in a Doctoral Programme
- A letter of reference from the academic supervisor sent by the supervisor directly to Ms. Tanya Bansal (

The event will be held entirely virtually. There is no registration fee.