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Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

During this four-week advanced programme, participants will build on their existing extensive knowledge of sexuality as it is contextualized by issues of ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion. Participants will deepen their familiarity with how sexuality is conceptualized and practiced across a variety of  research, programmatic, and advocacy venues. This summer, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for the Advanced Summer Institute in its entirety, or apply for one of the two constituent blocks. Read more about the structure and content of both blocks below.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-site (total course: 4 weeks)
    Academic dates Block 1: Sunday 11 July - Thursday 22 July 2021*
    Housing dates Block 1: Saturday 10 July - Friday 23 July 2021*
    Academic dates Block 2: Sunday 25 July - Thursday 5 August 2021*
    Housing dates Block 2: Saturday 24 July - Monday 9 August 2021*
    Academic fees: Entire programme: €2350*
    Module 1 or 2 only: €1400* read more about what is included.
    Housing fees: €500* and a €75 refundable deposit per block For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
    Credits: Full: 10 European Credits | Half: 4 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2021
    Who is this programme for?

    Current Master and PhD students, as well as working professionals. Applicants should have considerable experience studying or working in the field of sexuality studies (and can demonstrate this in their supporting documents). All participants must have a Bachelors degree (minimum). 

    Please read more about module descriptions and candidate profiles below.

    *Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020.  

  • Programme description

    Block 1 - Practicing Sexuality Studies in a Changing World: In this two-week block, the focus is placed on building on the foundations of sexuality studies and contextualizing that knowledge within the participants’ own work.  Modules will explore the historical development of sexuality studies and provide participants with an opportunity to sharpen their theoretical skills in topics such as comprehensive sexuality education, sexual health in the global south, and human rights.

    • Who is this programme for? This programme is ideal for working professionals looking for training in the above topics, community advocates/activists, and current Master’s students, and early-stage PhD candidates seeking a solid footing in sexuality studies. All applicants must have completed their Bachelor’s degree before attending.

    Block 2 - Critical Reflections on Advanced Topics in Sexuality Studies: In this two-week block, participants will approach advanced topics in sexuality studies from a critical academic perspective. In this course, we will bring a variety of evolving and current developments in sexuality studies into focus, both globally and in the Netherlands, including sexuality and religion, and construction of contemporary intimacies, as well as a professional development workshop for all participants. 

    • Who is this programme for? This programme is ideal for advanced-Master’s, and PhD/Postdoctoral candidates, both those pursuing their degree full-time as well as working professionals who have a solid academic foundation in sexuality studies. All applicants must have completed their Bachelor’s degree before attending.

    Additional programme information:

    Each year, the Summer Institute offers a rewarding and challenging learning experience, and is comprised of a multidisciplinary international faculty and student body representing a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Participants are expected to engage with faculty and guest lecturers via a specialized sequence of course modules (twice daily), weekly get-togethers, and informal conversations during daily group lunches. Participants benefit from an exceptional networking opportunity through the sharing of experiences, works in progress, research plans and diverse perspectives.

    As the host city for the Summer Institute, Amsterdam is an ideal location. The open atmosphere and small scale of the city offers a unique setting for engagement and discussion of sexuality, culture and society. If you would like to broaden your knowledge with other graduate and PhD students and professionals on this list of topics, we invite you to apply through the link above.

  • Academic director

    Robert (Robby) J. Davidson is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam. Davidson is the programme manager of the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) and was an editor of the Tijdschrift voor genderstudies (Dutch Journal for Gender Studies). Davidson’s research interests include LGBT studies, the institutionalization of social movements, processes of intersexualization, masculinity, queer theory, and the Netherlands. Davidson has published in the Journal of HomosexualityMobilization, and Social Movement Studies.

  • Explore our community

    Want to get to know more about studying in Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students. 

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    Interested in hearing an alumni perspective? Read this interview with Stefan Lucke who attended the Summer Institute in 2011, and used his knowledge gained in Amsterdam to springboard into a PhD position, and undertaking important research. You can also read this alumni portrait with Farah Barakat, who joined the programme as an MSP Scholarship winner in 2018. 

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Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society
Mode Short-term
Credits 10 ECTS, 4 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in July