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The Open Society University Network (OSUN), a new global consortium of educational institutions led by CEU and Bard College that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access to higher education for underserved communities. 

OSUN counts over 40 partner institutions from Berlin to Bishkek, Dhaka to Bogota, and some of the world’s most prestigious organizations from the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs to the Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, among its members.  

The CEU Democracy Institute plans teaching, research, and training activities with OSUN partners, from the exchange of scholars to developing and teaching short courses on democracy and democratization for faculty.   

Andrea Peto: Connecting Conversations on Antisemitism, Holocaust, Gender, and Colonialism

Our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto gave a talk at CEU in Vienna addressing the relationship among antisemitism, the Holocaust, colonialism, and gender. It is is based on the collaborative OSUN network course taught together with David Feldman (Birkbeck, University of London), Yair Wallach (School of African and Oriental Studies), Merle Williams, and Adam Levin, PHD (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg).

Former and Current DI Affiliates Receive CEU PhD Awards

We are happy to share that three of our current and former research affiliates, Ruth Gazso Candlish, Daragh John Hamilton and Anna Eva Grutza are among the recipients of the 2024 CEU Phd Awards.

Call for Research Assistant for “The Story of Our Struggles – A Social Movement Database” Project Supported by the Open Society University Network (OSUN)

The joint Story of Our Struggles – a social movement database project of the CEU Democracy Institute and the School of Public Life is looking for research assistants.

New RevDem Editors: Call for Applications - OSUN Forum on Democracy and Development

RevDem is recruiting three new editors to expand its geographic and sectoral reach and to work closely with the Open Society University Network (OSUN), especially with the consortium members of the OSUN Forum on Democracy and Development project.

Opening: Post-doctoral and Senior Research Fellowships

Our OSUN Forum project invites applications for post-doctoral and senior research fellows for an 8-month residential fellowship program between October 2024 and May 2025 in each four regional hubs. Starting date of selection: February 15, 2024.

Research on Scholars at Risk and Scholars at Risk Programs

If you consider yourself a scholar at risk or if you work for a scholars at risk program, please fill out our survey to assess the strengths and weaknesses of scholars at risk programs.

New Project for Research Incubation and Education on “Democracy and Development”

We are happy to announce the launch of our new project financed by the Open Society University Network to provide a platform for creative and critical collaboration between scholars from the Global South and the Global North with a focus on Democracy and Development.

Academics Facing Autocracy Program Launched

The OSUN Global Visiting Fellowship brings together a team that on its first meeting on February 23 set out to establish a framework to study the various cases of academics resisting authoritarian regimes’ attacks on education by creating alternative ways of higher education.

Call for Applications: Invisible University for Ukraine, Spring 2023

After the successful 2022 Spring and Fall Semesters, we are continuing the certificate program for junior and senior undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA and PhD) students from Ukraine, whose studies have been affected by the war.

Balazs Trencsenyi on the Invisible University for Ukraine

The Invisible University for Ukraine prepares students for “a post-war situation where there will be reconstruction and engagement that may be international, not just national,” Balazs Trencsenyi, lead researcher of our Democracy in History Workgroup said to University World News.