Arkivi i Lëvizjes LGBTI+ në Kosovë

Summer School of Comparative Studies on Gender and Sexuality, 2020

April 18, 2024

Summer School “Gender and Sexuality” 1 – 8 June 2020 Since 2015, Comparative Gender and Sexuality Studies at the Summer School are held at the University Program for Gender Studies and Research, University of Pristina. A collaborative project between UPGSR and CEL, the summer school is established as the only summer school of its kind in the region, offering a gender and sexuality studies curriculum at BA level for students and practitioners in the field. Due to the circumstances and limitations created by COVID 19 this year the school was held online as we aimed to continue to provide a supportive learning environment and build a community of practice around gender, sexual rights and social justice. In particular, we are motivated by the needs and interests of our students, who are increasingly finding the feminist system necessary and meaningful in times of crisis. Following practices from previous years, in addition to lecturers from the University Program for Gender Studies and Research, the summer school also included researchers, activists and students with whom UPGSR has past or ongoing collaboration in various projects 1. Three lecturers from Bournemouth University – Dr. Shovita Adhikari, Dr. Rosie Read and Dr. Jayne Cauldwell – as part of an ongoing collaboration between BU and UP in an Erasmus + mobility project; 2. Gorana Mlinarevic, an activist researcher from BiH; and 3. Jeta Rexha (former student and collaborator of UPGSR), master’s student and member of the Steering Committee of UPGSR. The school continues to place participants at the center of its commitment to teaching and learning. Participants come from a variety of disciplines (this year: sociology, law, engineering/energy, languages, management, public policy and psychology), as well as various civil society organizations and activist initiatives. The course examines gender and sexuality as cultural and analytical categories, as well as principles of social, economic, and political structuring. The course addresses gender and sexuality as a flexible and negotiable social practice that depends on social and historical particularities. Of particular importance is that students gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary relationship to the study of gender and sexuality, with a focus on ethnographic inquiry, sociology and feminist philosophy. The project is supported by the Equality Engagement Program (E4E), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID Kosovo) and implemented by the Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC).