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Postponed until July 2021: the 2020 edition is cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


How do we cross-fertilize contemporary urban studies with research in gender and sexuality studies as well as queer studies? Find out possibilities for interdisciplinary reconceptualization in this five-day summer school organized by the University of Antwerp’s Urban Studies Institute.


Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium


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

Course description

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?

This summer school is organized by the University of Antwerp’s Urban Studies Institute (USI) in collaboration with the Antwerp Gender and Sexuality Studies Network (A*). It investigates 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, and 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.


Urban Studies Institute (USI) in collaboration with the Antwerp Gender and Sexuality Studies Network


3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Registration fee


Fee includes course material, social activities, coffee breaks, lunches, and farewell dinner. It does not include accommodation.


  • University of Antwerp (PhD) students are entitled to a refund of €150 after completion of the summer school.
  • Limited number of reduced fees of €50 available for refugees.

Application details

Online through Mobility Online

Application deadline

Will be published by December 2020.


University of Antwerp strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. For inquiries about the summer school activities and accessibility, please contact Tine Van den Poel De Clippeleire (

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