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The ARC-GS PhD Club is a community of PhD students working on research projects that relate to gender and sexuality. Members of the club come from all disciplines hosted by the AISSR, namely anthropology, geography, international development studies, sociology, and political science. We also welcome PhDs from other universities to join our community.

We study a wide variety of topics. Examples include the study of gendered logics of protection of civilians in armed conflict, the use of sexuality in political discourse, and women’s underrepresentation in organizational authority. Likewise, among us you will find PhD students employing a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative methods and data, such as participant observation, interviews, critical frame and narrative analysis, and quantitative analysis of survey and register data.

Interested in joining and/or presenting your work during one of our monthly meetings? You are most welcome!


The ARC-GS PhD Club hosts monthly interdisciplinary meeting during which PhDs can present their work (in-progress), receive feedback and exchange ideas. The PhD club has been a profoundly constructive and critical space with a wonderful atmosphere, that many PhDs have already used a place to practice and experiment with presenting and (preliminary) research findings and ideas. Whenever possible our PhD club also organizes Master classes and one-day seminars with visiting scholars.

Meetings 2023

  • 7 February 15.30-17.00
  • 7 March 15.30-17.00
  • 4 April 15.30-17.00
  • 2 May  15.30-17.00
  • 6 June 15.30-17.00
  • Meetings 2020-2021
    • September 16 - 11:00 – 12:30
    • October 14 - 11:00 – 12:30
    • November 11 - 11:00 – 12:30
    • December 9 - 11:00 – 12:30
    • February 10 - 11:00 – 12:30
    • March 10 - 11:00 – 12:30
    • April 14 - 11:00 – 12:30
    • May 12 - 11:00 – 12:30
  • Meetings 2019-2020

    Floris Burgers on “Does schooling do to girls what circumcision does to boys? The influence of schooling on gender inequality among the Bagisu”
    Judith de Jong on “Identities in politics: Citizens’ collective assessments and expectations of political representation”

    Nawal Mustafa on “Media representations of Interracialized relationships in The United Kingdon in the 1960s”
    Rébecca Franco on “Regulation of ‘interracialized intimacies’ between people from the (former) French colonies on the African continent and (white) French citizens in 1956-1979”.

    Sherilyn Deen on “Making Mixed Marriage, Making the ‘Muslim subject’ Discourses on ‘mixed’ marriage and partner choice in the Netherlands ”
    Siyane Aniley on “Policy and practice of school-based sexuality education in the primary schools of Ethiopia and Uganda: a gender perspective”

    Berna Toprak on “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the most innocent of them all? An analysis of the manner in which the problematization of Muslim men serves as a mirror against which white masculinity is constructed and how this impacts Muslim women’s positioning in or outside discourses of gendered violence”
    Lou Mousset on “The Politics of Decline”.

    Lise Woensdregt on “Risky Bodies: The International Development System and Embodiment of Risk among Male Sex Workers in Nairobi, Kenya”

    Irene Arends on “Women-only’ Spaces featuring the Maraca (slut) and the Amachada (macho-fied) figures”