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Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

During this advanced programme, participants build on their existing knowledge of sexuality as it intertwines with issues of ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion, deepening their familiarity with how sexuality is conceptualized and practiced. We will investigate sexuality from a variety of perspectives, looking not only at research, but also sexuality and sexual health programming and advocacy. Applicants have the opportunity to apply for the Advanced Summer Institute in its entirety, or apply for one of the two constituent blocks.

  • Dates, tuition, and deadlines
    Mode of instruction: On-campus (total course: 4 weeks)
    Academic dates Block A: Sunday 10 July - Thursday 21 July 2022
    Housing dates Block A: Friday 8 July - Friday 22 July 2022
    Academic dates Block B: Sunday 24 July - Thursday 4 August 2022
    Housing dates Block B: Saturday 23 July - Monday 8 August 2022
    Academic fees: Entire programme: €2350
    Module 1 or 2 only: €1300 read more about what is included in the fees.
    Housing fees: €450 per block, and a €75 refundable deposit. Housing is optional. Read more about university-organised accomodation.
    Credits: Full: 10 European Credits | Half: 5 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: Tuesday 1 February 2022. Admissions will be processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Final admission deadline: Friday 1 April 2022
    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.

  • 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 (two modules per week), weekly get-togethers, and informal conversations during with participants and pofessors alike. Participants benefit from an exceptional networking opportunity through the sharing of experiences, works in progress, research plans and diverse perspectives.

    As the host of the Summer Institute, the University of Amsterdam is an ideal institution. The open atmosphere and small scale of the classroom offers a unique setting for engagement and discussion of sexuality, culture and society. The UvA is deeply embedded within Amsterdam's history and development of sexuality studies. 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 on the how to apply page!

  • Academic staff and modules

    This information is tentative and subject to review. 

    Academic Director

    Dr. Robert (Robby) J. Davidson is a recent graduate of 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.

    Block 1 Modules and Coordinators: Practicing Sexuality Studies in a Changing World

    • Module 1: Sexuality, Culture, and Society: An Overview of the Field: Marie-Louise Janssen
    • Module 2: Sexual Politics in the Netherlands: Robert J Davidson
    • Module 3: Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Doortje Braecken
    • Module 4: Perspectives on Global Sexual Health: Serena Cruz

    Block 2 Modules and Coordinators: Critical Reflections on Advanced Topics in Sexuality Studies

    • Module 5: Integrating Different Models of Consent into Professional Practice in the Field of Sexuality: Robert J Davidson
    • Module 6: Sexuality and Religion: David Bos  
    • Module 7: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights: Graeme Reid 
    • Module 8: Intersectional Thinking and Queering Sexuality: Ladan Rahbari
  • 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. 

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 10 ECTS, 4 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in July