Hoover Library & Archives Workshops On Authoritarianism And Democratic Breakdown

Monday, July 17, 2017 to Friday, July 28, 2017
Hoover Institution Library & Archives

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University are pleased to announce that applications for the 2018 winter Workshop on Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown will be accepted from October 9 to November 28, 2018.  Application forms and guidelines can be found on the Hoover Library & Archives website.  The 2018 winter workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution on Stanford’s campus from January 21 to 31.

Democratic breakdown has not been as amply studied as democratization.  How and why do democracies fail?  What facilitates the onset of authoritarianism?  What role, for example, is played by propaganda and information warfare, populist politics or economics, internal subversion of institutions, the nature of the international system?  The workshop’s goal is to provide researchers on these subjects time in the unique and fast-growing holdings of the Hoover Archives as well as a group forum for exchange of views.

The workshop is aimed at young scholars (advanced PhD students doing dissertation research and others no more than 10 years beyond the PhD), and open to applicants who work on and come from any world region.  Historians, political scientists, sociologists, economists, or scholars in any field who would benefit from the Hoover collections and group exchange are welcome.  All junior scholars have an opportunity to present their work.  The workshop also includes foundational seminars led by senior scholars.

Transportation costs and lodging at Stanford are covered.  The selected scholars will also be awarded a $500 honorarium. 


Now in its fifteenth year, the workshops have served as the basis for numerous books, articles, and monographs by participants who have made use of collections including the records of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, records of the Lithuanian section of the Soviet KGB, the Radio Free Europe–Radio Liberty collection, the Chiang Kai-Shek diaries, the records of the Chinese KMT Party, the archive of the Chief Administration of Labor Camps (GULAG) of the Soviet Union, the Ba'ath Party papers from the Iraq Memory Foundation Collection, and more.


Winter Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

  • Contact information
  • Brief CV
  • A proposal of no more than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you intend to use and why they are necessary for your project
  • One letter of recommendation sent separately

Application deadline: November 28, 2018
Applicants will receive notifications by December 12, 2018
Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English

Summer Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

  • Two-page CV
  • A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, and suggestions about Hoover collections you would be interested to use
  • One letter of recommendation from a PhD supervisor or an established scholar familiar with your research



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