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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 16 July - Thursday 27 July 2023 | Housing dates: Thursday 13 July - Thursday 27 July 2023
    Block 2 dates:  Academic dates: Monday 31 July - Thursday 10 August 2023 | Housing dates: Friday 28 July - Friday 11 August 2023
    Academic fees:  Entire programme: €2375 | Module 1 or 2 only: €1350 read more about what is included in the fees
    Housing fees:                              Entire programme: €800 | Module 1 or 2 only: €475, and a €75 refundable deposit. 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:                        Wednesday 1 February 2023. Admissions will be processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Regular admission deadline:                                                              Saturday 1 April 2023 
    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 

  • 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: TBD: 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: Integrating Different Models of Consent into Professional Practice
    • Module 6: Sexuality and Religion: Marco Derks
    • Module 7: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights: Graeme Reid 
    • Module 8: TBD
  • 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!

    Dr. Robert (Robby) J. Davidson is the Summer Institute's Academic Director. He 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.

  • 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