The Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics is a permanent project, originally initiated by the Department for Gender Studies at the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities “Euro-Balkan”, Skopje, Macedonia and the Faculty of Media and Communications at Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia. In 2014, the School has moved to and was taken up organizationally by IPAK Center. It has been founded with great enthusiastic efforts, relentless dedication to queer and gender studies research and a restless desire for introducing and revising hegemonic theories of sexuality and gender in SEE, and the ex-Yugoslav region.
The general aim of the School is to gather young post-graduate students, scholars and teaching staff from both Eastern and Western Europe and promote a shared platform for research and trans-disciplinary theoretical reflection on the complex modes of interweaving sexuality, culture and politics, and consequently of exchanging and questioning geopolitically determined discourses in the research of sexualities, gender studies, and queer theory. Our idea is to provide students, scholars and teachers with the opportunity to question, decenter and democratize these areas by way of deferring the notion of theoretical and geopolitical privilege which is often implied by these research areas, and thus to introduce new models of rethinking context-specific phenomena related to sexualities and, vice versa, to enrich theoretical paradigms with context-specific phenomena and research.