Sex, Gender and the City: How do we cross-fertilize contemporary urban studies with research in gender and sexuality studies as well as queer studies?

28 June - 2 July 2021

How do the various branches of contemporary urban studies engage with theories and cases developed in gender and sexuality studies or queer studies? All of these fields are by definition multidisciplinary and continuously in search of ways to think across boundaries and reconceptualize both individual agency and the social realm.

How might we apply theories of intersectionality to the context of urban identity formations? What happens to the study of urban demographics when identity markers of gender and sexuality interact not only with each other but with a variety of other social markers in a dynamic, open-ended manner? How do such complex and fluid identities interact with or depend upon material spaces?

Find out possibilities for interdisciplinary reconceptualization in this five-day summer school organized by the University of Antwerp’s Urban Studies Institute, in collaboration with the Antwerp Gender and Sexuality Studies Network (A*). Investigate a wide range of critical questions about gendering, sexualizing, and queering urban studies by collecting them around six key terms:

  • History
  • Materiality
  • Migration
  • Sociality
  • Re/presentation
  • Intersectionality

The summer school combines presentations by a range of distinguished external speakers and local staff from USI and A* with discussion seminars and culturally oriented activities.

Scientific and Organizing Committee

  • Bart Eeckhout (Professor of Literature - USI & A*)
  • Nicola Brajato (PhD Student in Communication Studies - A*)
  • Alexander Dhoest (Professor of Communication Studies, A*)
  • Lara Schrijver (Professor of Architecture)
  • Marion Wasserbauer (Postdoctoral Researcher in Communication Studies, A*)

For who

Graduate, postgraduate, and PhD students in urban studies, gender and sexuality studies, and queer studies with an interest in interdisciplinary and intersectional thinking.


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