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Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

Programmes organised by the Graduate School of Social Science (including this programme) are cancelled for summer 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you’re interested in following this programme in the future, please email with the programme name in the subject line and we will keep you updated on all developments in the coming months. Want to keep updated on social media and online content for summer 2020? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at the links below.

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 5 July - 30 July, 2020
Housing dates: 4 July - 3 August, 2020
Academic fee:

Block 1: €1400 Block 2: €1400

Entire programme: €2350 Read more about what’s included

Housing fee:

€800 for private room with private facilities or €1000 for a couple room with private facilities  and a €75 refundable deposit for entire programme (4 weeks). €550 for a private room with private facilities for two weeks (Block A or B) or €750 for couple room with private facilities for two weeks and a €75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.

Credits: Full: 10 European Credits | Half: 4 European Credits
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).
Academic director: Diane di Mauro
Academic director: Robert J Davidson
Early application deadline: 1 February 2020
Regular application deadline: 1 April 2020

Programme description

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.

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.

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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