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LIAS PhD Seminar: Genders, Sexualities and Bodies


Admission requirements

In addition to LIAS PhD students, this course is open to students of the MA Middle Eastern Studies (research), the MA Asian Studies (research), and the MA Classical and Ancient Civilizations (research). Interested students from other relevant Research MA programmes are kindly advised to contact the co-ordinator of studies, Dr. Nicole van Os, before registering for this course.


Gender, sexuality and the body have become useful categories of enquiry across a variety of disciplines in recent decades and scholars have explored their plurality and variability across time and space. In this course, we will discuss some seminal works and theorists in the field, including Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality and Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble. We will reflect on the critical reception of these theories and particularly their applicability to our own fields of research. Is it justified to apply Western theory to non-Western contexts? What local theories and discourses are available in our chosen areas of specialization? And how do these categories of gender, sexuality and body play a part for us as scholars in our research practice and university environment?

Course objectives

  • To deepen your familiarity with key theoretical works dealing with the key theoretical works dealing with genders, sexuality and the body;

  • To enhance your oral presentation skills and of your ability to engage arguments in debate and workshop settings;

  • To further develop your academic writing skills.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenor needs to be informed without delay of any classes missed because of illness or misadventure. In these cases, it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method

(ResMA students only)

ResMA students can take the course for credit, in which case they will write a paper worth about 70 hours of work. Information on the requirements for the paper will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course.

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Weighing
Weekly written responses 50%
A research paper of ~3,000 words 50%

In order to pass the course, students need a pass mark (“voldoende”, i.e. “5.50” or higher) for the research paper and for the course as a whole.

All categories of assessment must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Only if the total weighted average is 5.49 or lower and this is the result of a paper graded 5.49 or lower, a re-sit of the paper is possible (50%). In that case the convenor of the course may decide to assign a (new) topic. The deadline for this version will be determined by the course convenor, after consultation with the student. A re-sit for other course components is not possible.

Inspection and feedback

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list



Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Vrieshof