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Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

During this programme, participants build on their longstanding knowledge of sexuality as it intertwines with issues of ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion, deepening their familiarity with how sexuality is conceptualized. Participants will build on their previous coursework or professional experience in sexuality studies to investigate sexual health programming, and advocacy across a range of venues.

Note: Applicants have the opportunity to apply for the Summer Institute in its entirety, or one of the two constituent blocks. Please read the information in each foldout section carefully to determine your eligibility for this programme. 

  • Programme at a glance
    Block 1 dates: Academic dates: Sunday 7 July - Thursday 18 July 2024 (tentative)| Housing dates: Friday 5 July - Friday 19 July 2024 (Tentative)
    Block 2 dates:  Academic dates: Sunday 21 July - Thursday 1 August 2024 (tentative) | Housing dates: Friday 19 July - Monday 5 August 2024 (tentative)
    Academic fees: 


    Entire programme: €2500 (tentative) | Module 1 or 2 only: €1400 (tentative) read more about what is included in the fees

    Housing fees:                              Entire programme: €800 (tentative) | Module 1 or 2 : €475 (tentative). Housing is optional. Read more about university-organised accomodation

    Entire 4-week Summer Institute: 10 European Credits | Only Module 1 or Module 2: 5 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.

    Early admission deadline:                        Thursday 1 February 2024. Admissions will be processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Regular admission deadline:                                                              Friday 15 March 2024
    Mode of instruction On-campus (2 or 4 weeks)
  • Eligibility requirements

    Information for all prospective participants: The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society is designed for participants with longstanding research or professional experience in the field of sexuality studies to connect with peers. In general, 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). The Summer Institiute is divided into two distinct blocks. Prospective attendees are welcome to apply for one of them, or both: please read the participant profiles for each module below to determine if you are eligible to apply. 

    Block 1 - Practicing Sexuality Studies in a Changing World: This programme is ideal for working professionals, community advocates/activists, current Master’s students, and early-stage PhD candidates seeking to enhance their academic understanding of sexuality studies as it is applied in a variety of settings. 

    Block 2 - Critical Reflections on Advanced Topics in Sexuality Studies: 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 longstanding academic foundation in sexuality studies.

    If you are unsure about your eligibility for this programme or have admissions related questions, please contact the Summer Programmes Office by emailing summer-info-gsss@uva.nl. 

  • 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. This year's (tentative) Block 1 modules include: 

    • 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: The Sex and Gender Wars: Paul Mepschen
  • 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. This year's (tentative) Block 2 modules include: 

    • Module 5: Ethics and Sexual Consent: Paul Reynolds
    • Module 6: Sexuality and Religion: Marco Derks
    • Module 7: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights: Graeme Reid 
    • Module 8: Future Sex Technologies: Exploring the Intersection of Technological Advancements and Human Connections:  Kevin Singh
  • Academic Directors

    (Block A) Dr. Marie-Louise Janssen is a Cultural Anthropologist and senior lecturer in gender and sexuality studies at the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. She is one of the Academic Directors of the summerschool ‘Introduction to Sexuality Studies’, as well as a module coordinator in the ‘Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society’. Marie-Louise Janssen has published extensively on sex work, migration and human trafficking and lectures in the areas of gender and sexuality studies, migration and human trafficking and ethnographic research methods and techniques at the department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam. Her current research interests include, among others, Chinese massage parlours in the Netherlands, student sex workers and currently sex work in the former Dutch colony of Curacao in the Caribbean region. is a Medical Anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where he is currently completing his doctoral work on the effects of HIV biomedical prevention technologies on experiences and practices of sexual risk. He has earned a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Sociology from UvA, and a master’s degree in Psychology from the City University of New York (CUNY), City College. Kevin’s research interest includes medical anthropology, cognitive and perceptual psychology, and biomedical and public health interventions. He has over 10 years of research and teaching experience across various HIV biobehavioral research centers and universities in both the US and Netherlands.


    (Block B) Dr. Graeme Reid is an expert on LGBT rights. He has conducted research, taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS. He is author of How to be a Real Gay: Gay Identities in Small-Town South Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013). Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2011, Reid was the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale University, where he continues to teach as a visiting lecturer. An anthropologist by training, Reid received a master’s from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

  • 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!

  • 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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