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Civil Society Workshop (CSW)

An inter-disciplinary research working group hosted by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Graduate Center, CUNY

We use civil society in an inclusive way, to include not just institutionalized NGOs and nonprofits, but associations, informal social movements, foundations, community philanthropy, giving circles, advocacy and activism. Any way in which private individuals collaborate and cooperate in solidarity with one another.

Meets on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 pm (see the detailed schedule here).

About the Workshop

At a reception hosted by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a group of Graduate Center PhD students discovered that we are all confronting questions of civil society and philanthropy and doing our research in isolation. Our disciplines have their own language around civil society topics, and sometimes these are limiting in their ability to explain the phenomena we are documenting in our research. We decided to form a Working Group on Civil Society and Philanthropy in order to address these limitations.

Stuck in our intellectual silos, we may not realize that there are other relevant bodies of literature in other disciplines related to our research questions. We would benefit from sharing resources and ideas, as well as exposure to other theories, frameworks and methods used in other disciplines. Furthermore, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is a convening point for students and practitioners, including its large network of international fellowship alumni, which often goes unnoticed within the Graduate Center.

How it works:

  • Meets twice monthly
  • Student members share papers, presentations, and research questions/proposals in early stages for feedback and ideas
  • International Fellows and Fellowship alumni attend when they are in NYC and present their papers for feedback
  • CUNY professors who wish to be connected to PhD researchers can present work in progress and attend presentations.
  • Practitioners can also present about their work and benefit from scholarship in the field.

Our aim is to connect students with mentors, research, and other opportunities for their work, and connect scholars and practitioners with research in the field.

The Civil Society Workshop on the CUNY Academic Commons: this is a private group, you need a Commons profile and an invitation to access this group’s materials and forum.

Initial Group Members

The First Group Meeting
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