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Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

Applications are open for the Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society in Amsterdam


The advanced programme on human sexuality focuses on the self, the body, and culture within the context of human sexuality and society, addressing how the study of sexuality is conceptualized, practiced and organized across disciplines and programmatic venues. This four-week programme is made up of two constituent blocks and can be taken separately or in its entirety.

Whose eligible: 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).

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 5-30th July, 2020
Housing dates: 4-3 August 2020
Academic fee: Block 1: €1400 Block 2: €1400; Entire programme: €2350
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.


This summer, Arc-Gs are proud to be offering scholarships (for all university-level summer programmes) to current University of Amsterdam students to attend the programme for free in exchange for helping to ensure the smooth-running of your summer programme. You can read more about the intentions of the scholarship, as well as the application information on the Scholarships page of your programme website. Please spread the word about this opportunity to any students within your network who you think might be interested!

Further information on the programme, application, housing fees, credits gained, scholarships and more, click below