CityLAB VIII: Sex, Gender, and the City / Content description

The information below relates to the 2020 summer school and will be updated in October 2021.


CityLAB VIII: Sex, Gender, and the City

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
  • 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.

Speakers

Accepted Speakers

Invited Speakers

Scientific and Organizing Committee

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.

Target group

The interdisciplinary Urban Studies Institute has the aim to reach all people interested in the city and its many aspects - students, researchers and professionals. This aim is extended to the CityLAB summer schools.

CityLAB's primary target group for 2021 are graduate, postgraduate, and PhD students in urban studies, gender and sexuality studies, and queer studies with an interest in interdisciplinary and intersectional thinking.

CityLAB summer school: cycling in Antwerp
A bicycle trip in Antwerp, CityLAB summer school 2019

Study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the base of:

  • preparatory readings
  • a preparatory reflection paper
  • 100 % (active) participation during the course
  • final presentations