Amsterdam, Netherlands

Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

when 11 July 2021 - 6 August 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 1400

The study of human sexuality involves understanding its complexity and how it represents changing interactions over time involving the self, the body, culture, and power -- and as well, how this complexity is conceptualized and organized culturally, politically and epistemologically.
During this four-week advanced programme, students will gain knowledge of sexuality as it intersects with ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion, and will become more familiar with how sexuality is conceptualized and practiced within research, programmatic, and advocacy venues.

Participants can apply for one or both subsequent two-week blocks. Please see the course website for more information.

Course leader

Robert J. Davidson

Target group

PhD and MA students preferred; BA degree required. Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and commitment to the field of sexuality as demonstrated in the application form and submitted letters of reference.
The Summer Institute is open to students with a focused interest in sexuality research, MA and Ph.D. students, students at one of the Dutch research schools, and students or professionals from NGO's engaged in AIDS and/or sexuality research.
Students with no previous experience in the field should consider taking our introductory course prior to applying to the Summer Institute.
Since 1995, we have had over 385 students from 40 different countries. Twenty-five percent of the participants were professionals working for NGO's. The others had diverse educational backgrounds; in the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology), women's studies, history, public health, or human sexuality studies.

Course aim

Each year, the Summer Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary international faculty and student body from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, offering a rewarding and challenging learning experience. Students engage with faculty and guest lecturers via a specialized program of course modules (twice daily), weekly get-togethers, and informal conversations during daily group lunches. Students 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 refreshing setting for engagement and discussion of sexuality, culture and society.

Credits info

10 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, students who wish to earn credits will receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained.

Fee info

EUR 1400: The tuition fee is 1400 per block. For participants who take both modules, the total fee is €2350.
All course materials, access to university facilities, excursions and events, a public transit card, and lunch on class days are included.
EUR 500: Housing fee per block (optional).


There are several scholarship opportunities. Please check the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.

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