Meet the people

Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

UvA Summer School

Photo: Maartje Strijbis

Academic Director 

Diane di Mauro

Diane di Mauro holds a PhD. in Social Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has functioned as the SIS Academic Director since 2009.   She 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, Dr. di Mauro directed the Sexuality Research Fellowship Program at the Social Science Research Council.  From 2002 to 2017 she was a faculty member at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where she taught and mentored MPH students in sexuality, public health, research and service delivery.  While at Columbia University, she also directed the MAC-AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative which provided comprehensive training of South African advocacy leaders in HIV/AIDS prevention and gender equity.

She currently has a private forensic practice, specializing in child placement, custody and child/parental rights.  For her full professional profile see her LinkedIn profile.   

Programme Director

Mirjam Schieveld

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.

Assistant Academic Director

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.

An expert team

Every year, the Summer Institite on Sexuality, Culture and Society brings together a team of expert lecturers from across the field to teach a variety of subjects. Our professors come from different disciplinary backgrounds and from across the world.

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

15 December 2017