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'Disturbances and Interventions' Summer School Gender Studies (Aug./Sep. 2021)

Between 27 August and 24 September the University of Groningen organizes a 3rd 'covid-proof' online edition of the (formerly 'U4Society') Gender Studies Summer School, entitled 'Disturbances and Intervention. Contemporary Practices of Gender Research'. The summer school consists of four lecture sessions and a keynoye lecture. The summer school is open to PhD-students from all the ENLIGHT partners. Participants should apply before May 10th

Dates and times

When? August 27th, September 3rd, September 17th and September 24th. Sessions will be 9.00-12.00 CET on Nestor, the University of Groningen’s platform for online teaching.
There will be a keynote lecture on September 16th, 19.30-20.30.
Venue: In view of the COVID-situation, the summer school will be online and spread out across several days to give students time for reflection.
Information: Dr. Mathilde van Dijk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Prof. dr. Petra Broomans (University of Groningen/Ghent University)
ECTS: (7.5 ECTS) are awarded by the student’s home university upon request.

  • In preparation for each day, the students should prepare approximately 200 pages of literature. In total approximately 800 pages will be assigned.
  • In correspondence with the differences in learning aims for the PhD-programmes of the several universities, some may have additional demands before awarding the ECTS. Please check this with your universities.

Call for applications

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer school takes its point of departure in a seminal work in gender studies: Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chtulucene (Durham: Duke University Press 2016). In the context of ecological destruction, and still unaware of the pandemic to come, Haraway argues against the concept of the Anthropocene and proposes to replace it with Chtulucene, an era in which humankind’s and its relations to earth and all living creatures need to be reconfigured. Her call became even more topical after the outbreak of COVID-19, probably at an animal-market in Wuhan, China. This led even more people to question the way in which humans deal with animals. Haraway envisages a pioneering role for gender studies in this debate and defines its task as ‘to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating event, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places’(p. 1).
This summer school is primarily about connections, about how gender studies understands and can reform relations between earth and all living creatures, including humans, against the background of a series of crises – health, ecological, humanitarian, cultural not to mention the increasingly deteriorating positions of the humanities and social sciences. In part, the latter is due to political visions, which regard the humanities and social sciences as a luxury to dispense with. The Covid-19 crisis also creates practical problems such as the impossibility of travelling to do fieldwork, to meet respondents face to face or to use non-digitized archival material. The summer school also connects to questions about who (or perhaps what) counts as entities worth connecting with – paraphrasing Haraway’s earlier works: humans, cyborgs, simians.

Deadline for application: May 10th, 2021

How to apply: Apply through the application form. In this document, prepare a paper of ca. 800 words, in which you explain why participation in this summer school is important for your research. How do the theme and one of several of the sub-themes connect to your research? Have you worked with themes before? What do you expect to learn in this summer school? What do you expect to learn in this summer school? Send your application in on the assigned date to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For whom: PhD-students from all ENLIGHT partners, preferably halfway through their contracts. If there are vacancies, (Research) Master students can also be accepted.


The sessions will typically consist of a recorded lecture by the assigned lecturer, after which smaller groups will discuss the readings for the day and their own research projects, focusing on how the readings help in these. At the end of the session, they will report in the large group.
In addition, there will be a keynote lecture on an evening.
Assessment will be through participation and a paper (1500 words max), in which the students discuss the applicability of the classes to their own research.

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