The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 Workshop on Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown will be accepted from February 17 to April 7, 2017. Application forms and guidelines can be found on the Hoover Library & Archives website. The workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford campus from July 17 to July 28, 2017.
The workshop is open to PhD students and recent PhDs working on any world region, and aims to facilitate original research and comparative study. Historians, political scientists, sociologists, economists, or scholars in any field who would benefit from the Hoover collections and group exchange are welcome.
The workshop focuses on the history of democratic breakdown and the rise of authoritarian regimes to understand why they come into being, how they work, what their legacies are, and how they can be challenged and freedom advanced. When and how do democratic polities come unglued? What facilitates the onset of authoritarianism, from propaganda and populist politics to subversion of institutions and social bonds? How does authoritarianism work in practice, from its coercive mechanisms and economic controls to its emotional appeals to nationalism? What are the ways to combat authoritarianism? What lessons have we learned over the course of the cold war and in the post-cold war about the strengths and weaknesses of authoritarianism?
Over the course of the two weeks workshop participants are able to access the unique and fast-growing holdings of the Hoover Archives. Each participant will present his or her work to the group. There are as well a few group seminars conducted by invited senior scholars on key themes.
Selected scholars will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium. Alternative compensation will be arranged for international scholars who do not hold a US Social Security or TIN number. Transportation costs and campus lodging are covered.
Now in its fourteenth year, the workshop has 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.
All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:
- Two-page CV
- A proposal of fewer than 1,000 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
Application deadline: April 7, 2016 midnight ET
Applicants will receive notifications by May 8, 2016
Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English