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Bodies, Genders, Sexualities


Jules Sturm and Murat Aydemir


Mireille Rosello, Tarja Laine, Esther Peeren, Noa Roei, Laura Copier (Utrecht University), Maaike Bleeker (Utrecht University), Eliza Steinbock (Leiden University), Markus Stauff, Manon Parry, Anna Seidl, Gemma Blok, Marga van Mechelen, Jaap Kooijman, Sudeep Dasgupta, Niels Kerssens, Lucy van de Wiel, Anna Maria Pinaka (Roehampton University London), Alexander Thinius.

Description of the research programme of the research group

The research group Bodies, Genders, Sexualities functions as a meeting point for researchers who approach the intersecting issues of gender, corporality, and sexuality in their work. The group seeks to foster critical engagement with the full range of approaches that inform contemporary theory on bodies, genders, and sexualities, such as feminism, queer theory, phenomenology, performativity, affect theory, semiotics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cognitivism, media theory, sport, new materialisms, critical posthumanism, and others. Scholars from all areas of disciplinary interaction (e.g. film and media, art history, literature, music, theatre, anthropology, the sciences) are welcome. This group offers the possibility for encountering new perspectives and for networking with like-minded scholars. It provides the opportunity to organize a reading group, seminar, course, symposium, conference, exhibition, or other academic events. This project will also seek alliances with existing body- and affect-focused programs by working together with scholars at Utrecht University, Leiden University, and Radboud University Nijmegen.

Envisaged results

This research group fosters activities such as reading groups, lecture series, exhibitions, summer schools, academic articles, and special events at NICA and other national research schools.

Work plan and time schedule

For 2016, the group is planning meetings on Identity Politics.

Societal relevance

Research on gender, corporeality, and sexuality has a broad and direct cultural and societal relevance. The research results of this group may be relevant to divergent audiences outside the academy, such as policy makers, politicians, civil servants, advocacy groups, and cultural and social organizations and institutions. Our output will include professional and popularizing events such as network meetings, public lectures, exhibitions, and others.

This research group is active  the following constellations: