LOVA’s International Summer School 2013: Ethnography of Power

‘Ethnography of Power – Feminist Anthropology, Gender and Fieldwork’
8-12 July 2013 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

NEW: additional Writing Bootcamp! 15-17 July 2013

Deadline all applications: 30 May 2013

The educational concept of the first LOVA International Summer School in 2012 was a success among students, teachers and organizers. We were able to create an academic platform for students and life long learners, combining horizontal academics and methodological training with body exercises and good food. The experiment of 2012 paved the way for the second LOVA International Summer School 2013.We can’t wait to open our gates for a new cohort of summer school students and are very much looking forward to embrace another week of joyful learning experiences with new workshops, lectures and excursions through Amsterdam!

The LOVA ISS is part of LOVA’s educational endeavor on national and international scale.

The LOVA ISS is the opportunity to submerge yourself in the methods and conduct of ethnographic field research. We provide engaged schooling in feminist anthropology, gender and queer studies. The focus of 2013’s ISS is on ‘Ethnography and Power’.

The summer school is a unique learning experience where ethnography is taught through practical exercises, in-depth workshops, theoretical and case-lectures. Our field excursions into Amsterdam are combined with short-term assignments and direct assessment. Your tutors are both experienced university teachers as well as recently-graduated ethnographers. You will be stimulated to discuss, exchange, and reflect on your own research project and ideas.

The course program is designed for all graduate and postgraduate students with an interest in anthropology, ethnographic fieldwork and gender studies. It is open to last-year Bachelor, Master, and PhD students as well as life long learners.


Our principle objective is to train you in ethnographic research methods and to bring students and life long learners together and in touch with gender scholars and anthropological perspectives on feminist, queer and gender studies. With our hands-on approach and interactive workshops we want to stimulate critical thinking and discussion with your fellow participants and tutors.

The Venue

The 2nd LOVA ISS will be hosted by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in the historical city centre of Amsterdam. The so-called ‘Spinhuis’ is part of the University of Amsterdam, which was founded in 1632 and is now one of Europe’s largest research universities. The department provides the LOVA ISS with lecture and workshop classrooms as well as a kitchen, a small yard to relax in and free internet access.

The ‘Spinhuis’ Department of Anthropology and Sociology is easily reachable by public transport, located centrally on the Amsterdam ‘canal belt’ at the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, number 185.

Registration can be completed the first day upon arrival. We will be ready to receive you from 9.00AM onwards.

Daily Schedule 8-12 July

The daily ISS schedule runs from 9.00 – 17.30:

First Session: 9.30 –10.45
Coffee Break: 10.45 –11.00
Second Session: 11.00 –12.45
Lunch Break: 12.45 –13.45
Third Session: 13.45 –15.30
Coffee Break: 15.30 –15.45
Fourth Session: 15.45 –17.30

We guarantee small groups. Courses and workshops are in English.

There will be some extra-curricular activities which you can attend free of charge.

We will publish the full program a.s.a.p.

Confirmed workshops, lectures and excursions:
Workshop ‘Academic Skills’
Workshop ‘Theater of the Oppressed’
Lecture ‘The vanished Dead’
extra-curricular yoga

NEW: Writing Bootcamp 15-17 July 2013

Additional to the LOVA ISS 2013 we are offering a writing bootcamp from 15-17 July 2013. The bootcamp is meant for those of us who are in need of writing methods and a space to free-write. Under the supervision of a professional writing coach you will learn how to write better, faster and with a lot of pleasure – all of this within the parameters of academic requirements. The writing bootcamp is an additional offer to all students of the summer school, but also everybody else who would like to join. Hence, it is facultative meaning you can choose to attend only the ISS, only the writing bootcamp, or both. The writing bootcamp also takes place at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

Tuition Fees 2013

LOVA International Summerschool – 8-12 July 2013:

LOVA members / Early birds: 315,- Euro
Students: 345,- Euro
Professionals: 400,- Euro

Administration fee is an additional 15,- Euro for all applicants.

The tuition fee includes:
Course material
All lectures and all workshops
All excursions mentioned in the program
extra-curricular classes on location
Free internet and library access
Lunches (5 days)
Coffee, tea, refreshments (5 days)

3-day Writing bootcamp:

Fee for summer school attendees: 95,- Euro
Early birds (before 15 March): 145,- Euro
Regular fee (until 30 May): 175,- Euro

Administration fee is an additional 15,- Euro for all applicants.

Practical Matters

There is the possibility to reserve a room at the CASA 400 for 50,- Euro per night per person. Please do let us know if you are in need of accommodation.

You can request a certificate of participation/attendance in the LOVA ISS and/or writing bootcamp. The highest academic standards are guaranteed.

Participants are responsible to arrange their visas themselves. In case you need a letter of invitation please contact us as soon as possible.

Requirements all applicants:
Academic degree (BA, MA, PhD)
Adequate level of spoken English (for the writing bootcamp this must be in written English too)
Life long learners and professionals with an interest in anthropology, gender and ethnographic fieldwork are very welcome too. Please accompany your application with a short CV or motivation.

Method of application:
We would like to receive a letter of motivation from every applicant, if possible accompanied by a short summary of your research interests, plans, or past research activities. We will inform you about your acceptance within two days after having received the above information. Upon receipt of a confirmation you can proceed to pay the tuition and administration fee that applies to you. We do not refund administration costs, and due to the necessary organizational commitments we do not refund after May 30th.


Deadline for the early-bird applications (discount): March 15th, 2013
Deadline for all applications: May 30th, 2013

We look forward to receiving your application!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

All the best,

Reinhilde Sotiria König & Natashe Dekker – coordinators
2nd LOVA International Summer School Committee 2013

(0031) 6 2 88 301 07 | www.lovanetwerk.nl