Meet the people

Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

UvA Summer School

Photo: Maartje Strijbis

Academic Director 

Diane di Mauro, PhD

Diane di Mauro holds a PhD. in Social Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr di Mauro has worked over 25 years in the field of reproductive rights and human sexuality, specializing in the design, implementation and supervision of major programmatic initiatives relating to public health and policy. From 1995 through 2006 she directed the Sexuality Research Fellowship Program at the Social Science Council.

From 2009-2013, she served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society  (IASSCSS) and is currently a member of the IASSCS Research, Training and Dissemination Committee.

For her full professional profile see her  LinkedIn profile.   

Programme Director

Mirjam Schieveld, MSc

Mirjam Schieveld studied cultural anthropology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She is co founder and programme director of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society as well as the Summer Institute on Addiction. She organized and taught courses on Sexuality in the Context of Amsterdam and has given various guest lectures in the field of social problems in the Netherlands. She is the Programme Director of the Summer Programmes of the Graduate School of Social Sciences. She gives lectures and webinars about how to develop summer programmes.

Assistent Academic Director 

Laurens Buijs, MSc

Laurens Buijs (1982) is a social scientist who teaches in the Sexuality Studies program at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the founder of IncInc, a diversity policy consultancy. His work focuses on Dutch public policy, mainly in the realm of LGBTQ politics, sex work, multiculturalism, and the rise of new right-wing anti-Islamic parties after 9/11. A critic of the myth of ‘progressivism’ in the Netherlands, he is frequently asked to comment on these and other topics in the Dutch media.

Guest Faculty 2016

David Bos

David Bos obtained a Master’s degree in theology at Groningen University and a PhD in sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). As a graduate student, he authored an anthology of interviews with, and essays by Michel Foucault (1985). His dissertation on the evolution of the pastoral ministry in the nineteenth century was published by Bert Bakker (1999) and, in English translation, by Brill (2010).  As a post-doc, he conducted research on the social acceptance of homosexuality in the Netherlands. At present, he teaches and he conducts research on the genealogy of the "oppositional pairing"  of religion and homosexuality.

Marie-Louise Janssen 

Dr Marie-Louise Janssen is the Track Coordinator of Gender, Sexuality and Society (MSc Sociology). Marie-Louise lectures in the areas of gender and sexuality studies, migration and human trafficking and ethnographic research methods and techniques at the department of Cultural Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. 

Graeme Reid

Graeme Reid earned his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. His research interests include systemic violence, HIV/AIDS, masculinities and gay self-identification, and cultural expression in post-apartheid South Africa.
In 1997 he established the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, which are housed at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the co-director of a video documentary entitled Dark and Lovely, Soft and Free, which follows a network of gay hairstylists working in small-town South Africa. 
He is Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program of  Human Rights Watch.

Robert Sember

Robert Sember is the New York City-based member of Ultra-red, an international sound-arts collective that develops art projects in relationship to political organizing and research in the areas of fair housing, migration, anti-racism, HIV/AIDS, poverty and alternative education.

Robert has conducted sexuality-related research and has taught cultural theory and research methods at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, the University of California in Los Angeles, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He currently is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the New School.

Past Summer Institute Lecturers

  • Kate Frank

  • Deborah Tolman

  • Saskia E. Wieringa

  • Niko Besnier

  • Kamala Kempadoo

Reflections from former students

  • "To be together with people who are doing similar work gives you a sense of global community. We connected in ways where you just don't connect with people like that on a regular basis. It almost seems like we were brought together for something bigger than just this programme. I'm walking away with life-long friendships."
    - Jonathan B., 2014 Alumnus
  • "Since my return to Nairobi, where I have immediately plunged back into my work on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, not a single day goes by where I do not recall some of the teachings and discussions from the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture & Society”
    - Naisola Likimani, 2014 Alumnus
  •   “The knowledge I walked away with was life-changing and priceless. Not only did I learn new information to take into my practice as a therapist, but I made international professional connections and friends.”
    - Alumnus 2013
  •   “In my country, we need more young people with fresh knowledge about how to deal with different groups of people. The course provides an in-depth insight into issues about sexuality, which should be an open and liberal discussion in my community.”
    - Alumnus 2012


Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences

18 January 2017