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Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

The advanced programme on human sexuality examines the complexity and changing interactions over time between the self, the body, and culture within the context of human sexuality and society -- it also addresses how this complexity is conceptualized and organized culturally, politically, as theorized and practiced across disciplines and programmatic venues. This year, we will be introducing three new topics: sexology, comprehensive sexuality education, and analyses relating to cultural interpretations of relationships and intimacies.

Programme at a glance

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

€ 2350* read more about what’s included

Housing fee:

€ 650-800* For more information, see Housing and practical matters.

Credits: 10 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
Assistant academic director: Robby Davidson
Early application deadline: 1 February 2020
Regular application deadline: 1 April 2020

*Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change. All information for summer 2020 will be finalized by 1 December 2019. Check back regularly for updates. For more information, email

Programme description

During this four-week advanced programme, participants will build on their already extensive knowledge of sexuality as it intersects with ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion, and will deepen their familiarity with how sexuality is conceptualized and practiced within research, programmatic, and advocacy venues. After an introductory module and professional identities and values clarification, this year's Summer Institute will focus on:

  • Sexual politics in the Netherlands, past and present
  • Sexology (arousal, sexual problems, and development - presented from a biopsychosocial approach from a Dutch perspective)
  • Comprehensive sexuality education (positive sexual development, best practices, and models for implementation and contextualization)
  • Sexuality and religion
  • The construction of difference in contemporary sexualities and intimacies (in (non)traditional relationships)
  • Sexual orientation, gender identity, and human rights

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.  Participants 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.  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 refreshing 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 at 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