Navigating Sexuality and Gender Studies:

An Introduction

July 16-20 – Berkeley Institute, Berkeley CA

In this seminar, we will read, talk, and think about the emergence of contemporary sexuality and gender studies in the last quarter of the twentieth century. We will survey central texts in feminist theory and sexuality studies, providing students a basic grasp of its theoretical and practical roots. We will approach this material as serious and worthy of careful attention, helping participants to enter the larger conversation on sex and gender in the contemporary academy. While this seminar welcomes students who have found this academic field a safe haven, it also welcomes students who have found it baffling, disturbing, and deeply challenging to their moral or religious convictions. Seminar readings will engage with recent work on sex and sexuality, questions about gender identity and gender diversity, transgender issues, and the intersection of sex and gender with contemporary concerns over human rights.

The seminar is for advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in gender theory and sexual ethics.

There will be two 2.5-hour sessions each day. Each session will include a lecture and seminar-style discussion of the text. Students will be expected to prepare the readings and participate in class discussions.

Application Requirements and Instructions:
Please submit the following forms and documents via email to by April 10, 2018:

1. Curriculum Vitae or résumé with all previous academic and professional experience.
2. Cover Letter expressing the reasons for your interest in the seminar and discussing any relevant experience or familiarity with the topic.
3. One Letter of Recommendation from a professor with whom you have recently studied.

Please be sure that your CV or résumé includes your full name, date of birth, mailing address, email address, phone number, and nationality. We will accept rolling applications after April 10th if space permits.

Registration Fee:
A non-refundable $100 registration fee is required required of all accepted applicants. This fee covers tuition, room, and board for the duration of the seminar. Students will be housed in a UC Berkeley dormitory and will receive meal vouchers for breakfast and lunch.

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