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:
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.
- Valerie De Craene (PhD Student in Geography, KU Leuven)
- Frederik Dhaenens (Assistant Professor in Cinema and Media Studies, Ghent University)
- Cesare Di Feliciantonio (Lecturer in Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University)
- Maarten Loopmans (Professor of Geography, KU Leuven)
- Maria Rodó Zárate (Postdoctoral Researcher in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Open University of Catalonia)
- Jonas Roelens (Postdoctoral Researcher in History, Ghent University)
- Lukasz Szulc (Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, University of Sheffield)
- Marguerite van den Berg (Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam)
- Danielle van den Heuvel (Associate Professor of History, University of Amsterdam)
- Mieke Vandenbroucke (Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Antwerp)
- Talja Blokland (Professor of Urban Sociology, Humboldt University Berlin)
- Kath Browne (Professor of Geography, University College Dublin)
- Hannah Rozenberg (architect, London)
Scientific and Organizing Committee
- Nicola Brajato (PhD Student in Communication Studies - A*)
- Alexander Dhoest (Professor of Communication Studies, A*)
- Bart Eeckhout (Professor of Literature - USI & A*)
- Lara Schrijver (Professor of Architecture)
- Marion Wasserbauer (Postdoctoral Researcher in Communication Studies, A*)
Graduate, postgraduate, and PhD students in urban studies, gender and sexuality studies, and queer studies with an interest in interdisciplinary and intersectional thinking.
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.
A bicycle trip in Antwerp, CityLAB summer school 2019
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