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About ARC-GS

Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality - (ARC-GS)

The Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars and students of gender and sexuality, within the Social Sciences.

The centre aims to strengthen and consolidate cutting edge research and teaching of its researchers and PhD-affiliates. At the same time the centre functions as a hub at the UvA where new questions and collaborations are generated.The centre organizes monthly lectures with internationally renowned scholars as well as seminars, public debates, roundtables, conferences and workshops. ARC-GS also offers visiting scholars a lively intellectual community for scholarly debate and exchange.

This community is shaped by many differences in disciplinary contexts and traditions, different theoretical and epistemological approaches, different methodologies, and also differences in emphasis on gender or sexuality within one’s research, and we are committed to make this an expansive community – where such differences are welcomed and provide fertile ground for conversations and new questions and ways of thinking. The centre is also committed to fostering intersectional approaches to gender and sexuality, and seeks to attend in particular to questions of material inequalities and social class on the one hand, and questions of race and (institutional) racism on the other.

The research centre organizes various kinds activities, including monthly lectures with internationally renowned scholars to seminars, public debates, roundtables, international conferences, and workshops. ARC-GS has a vibrant PhD community and also hosts visiting scholars within a lively intellectual community for scholarly debate and exchange. 

  • Advisory Board
    Dr A. (Afsoun) Afsahi

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

    dr. M.A. (Marguerite) van den Berg

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

    dr. S.A. (Saskia) Bonjour

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

    prof. dr. A.A. (Amade) M'charek

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

    Dr W.R. (Willem) Boterman

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    GPIO : Urban Geographies

    Ms S.R.J. (Sherilyn) Deen MSc

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    WP Groep: Docenten Sociologie

    dr. E.A.J. (Esther) Miedema

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    GPIO : Docenten GPIO

    dr. C.M. (Conny) Roggeband

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

    Ms A.L. (Anne Louise) Schotel MSc

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

    dr. R. (Rachel) Spronk

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging

    prof. dr. O.J.M. (Olav) Velthuis

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Cultural Sociology

    prof. dr. S.E. (Saskia) Wieringa

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

  • Former Board Members

    Founding members

    Niko Besnier, Sébastien Chauvin, Robert Davidson, Jan-Willem Duyvendak, Gert Hekma, Amade M’charek, Rachel Spronk 

    Former directors

    2010-2013 Sébastien Chauvin (Director) & Rachel Spronk (Associate Director)

    2013-2016 Rachel Spronk (Director) & Liza Mügge (Associate Director)

    2016-2019 Liza Mügge (Director) & Stephanie Steinmetz (Associate Director)

    Former board members

    Niko Besnier, Jan Willem Duyvendak, Marlies Glasius, Frances Gouda, Daniela Grunow, Mieke Lopes Cardozo, Liza Mügge, Stephanie Steinmetz

    Former PhD representatives

    Willemijn Krebbekx, Marieke van Eijk, Dragana Stojmenovska, Natalie Welfens

    Former PR assistants

    Anne Louise Schotel, Simone Schneider