Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro

Summer Schools for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics 2019

when 18 August 2019 - 23 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 330

The Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics is permanent project, originally initiated by the Department for Gender Studies at the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities “Euro- Balkan”, Skopje, Macedonia and the Faculty of Media and Communications - Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia. In 2014, the the School has moved to and was taken up organizationally by IPAK Center.
The general aim of the School is to gather young post-graduate students, scholars and teaching staff from both Eastern and Western Europe and promote a shared platform for research and trans- disciplinary theoretical reflection on the complex modes of interweaving sexuality, culture and politics, and consequently of exchanging and questioning geopolitically determined discourses in the research of sexualities, gender studies, and queer theory. Our idea is to provide students, scholars and teachers with the opportunity to question, decenter and democratize these areas by way of
deferring the notion of theoretical and geopolitical privilege which is often implied by these research areas, and thus to introduce new models of rethinking context-specific phenomena related to sexualities and, vice versa, to enrich theoretical paradigms with context specific phenomena and research.

Course leader

- Luce Irigaray (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, France)

- Karen Barad (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)

- Tiziana Terranova (University of Naples, Italy)

- Svetlana Slapsak (Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Slovenia);

Target group

Applicants should be postgraduate students (preferably MA or PhD students or younger researchers) interested in exploring the issues of gender, queer, cultural studies, political studies, visual arts and humanities and related areas. However, outstanding BA students are also considered and have the chance to enroll.

We especially welcome applications from independent scholars, cultural workers and artists.

Applicants from all countries are eligible to apply.

Course aim

The School’s long-term goal is to:

(1) strategically stimulate the particularization and application of key ideas and theories in sexuality research locally, and to
(2) universalize and popularize crucial and underprivileged positions and ideas on the European level, regardless of the East/West divide which is still central to the development of queer theory and sexuality research.

Our endeavor is not to relativize the embeddedness and situatedness of knowledges about sexualities, but to recognize and disrupt the existing invisible borders that obstruct the free dissemination of ideas as they are being determined by various hegemonic forces – political, educational, economic - in both Eastern and Western contexts of doing academic and artistic work related with our desires, bodies, and sexualities.

Credits info

4 EC
Students who deliver presentations will receive 4 ECTS, applicable on MA or PhD level at participants’ home universities.

Students who choose not to deliver a presentation will receive 2 ECTS, applicable on MA or PhD level at participants’ home universities.

ECTS are given according to FULL attendance of the school’s programme (open lectures included).

Fee info

EUR 330: Applicants from Europe and worldwide: 330 Euro (discount applicable).

Deadline 1 (early applications, 15% discount):
March 17th / selection results by March 25th / payment due April 10th

Deadline 2 (regular applications, 5 % discount):
April 10th / selection results by April 20th / payment due May 5th

Deadline 3 (late applications, No discount):
May 20th / selection results by June 1th / payment due June 15th
EUR 230: Applicants from Central and East-European countries studying at universities within CEE1 : 230 Euro (no discount applicable).