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Department of Political Science Democracy Studies

S3DS 2023 Zurich


9th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies

Democracy and Peace

11-15 September 2023

University of Zurich


In light of the war in Ukraine, during the 9th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies, participants are exposed to theories and approaches on the relation between democracy and peace: democratic peace theories, promotion and defence of democracy, and building democracy in post-conflict societies. The focus will be on Ukraine, but not exclusively.


The Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies S3DS 2023 features an intensive programme with five panels over five teaching days, an additional keynote lecture on the first day, and a roundtable in the afternoon on the last day.

The five teaching days consist of two parts:

  • In the morning lectures and seminar sessions one internationally renowned scholar gives a lecture on a specific topic, followed by a discussion moderated by an internal expert. 
  • In the afternoons from Monday to Thursday, during a workshop session, four Ph.D. participants present their research project and receive detailed feedback from the respective international expert, the moderator, and an assigned peer. 

Participants can choose in which panel to present their research project, selecting from Panel 1 to Panel 4 in the application form, according to their preference (this year, Panel 5 on Friday will feature a public roundtable and no workshop). 

Participants in the Summer School can receive 2 ECTS and a certificate provided they:

  • attend all lectures, seminars, and workshops,
  • submit a paper of 15-20 pages before the summer school (e.g. research design, or conference paper, publication draft etc.), which includes aspects of the research they would like to discuss,
  • present their research in one of the five workshops (max. 10-15 minutes),
  • discussed one peer's research paper, and
  • prepared the required readings.

Scientific Commitee


The programme of the 9th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies has been conceived by Daniele Caramani.

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