July 11-13, 2023 | Venice International University

Applications: open until April 26, 2023

The Summer School is part of a COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) funded Action (CA19103) into LGBTQI+ (in)equalities. The main aim of the Action is to develop a network of academics and scholarship in the area of LGBTQI+ social and economic (in)equalities, leading to greater data collection, informed support for civil society organisations and improved policy advice for governments and intergovernmental agencies. The Action further aims for students and early career investigators to share their research activities and develop space for mentoring and support.

This Second Summer School is designed for PhD students and Early Career Researchers/Academics to analyse LGBTQI+ (in)equalities from a life cycle perspective. This involves analysis of (in)equalities during different life stages, transitions between phases and exploration into long term impact. The school will also cover data and methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) to facilitate research across the life cycle with a focus on impact and the role of stakeholder engagement.

The Summer School offers a combination of lectures on methodological issues related to the analysis of LGBTQI+ inequalities from a life cycle perspective, a series of group work activities and a student presentation at the final day of the Summer School. Further activities include a workshop covering stakeholder engagement run by scholars and activists, and dedicated time for individual mentoring and support throughout the Summer School.

The Summer School is designed for PhD students and Early Career Researchers (normally within eight years of the award of the PhD) in the field. This does not mean that individuals need to have LGBTQI+ topics as the primary focus of their PhD or research, but that they have interests in researching in this field and contributing to the growing body of knowledge and understanding. All disciplinary backgrounds will be considered.

Given the interactive nature of the school and planned group work, the number of participants is limited to 20. COST has allocated 20 funded places to cover accommodation, full board and travel expenses.

To apply, please email the following documents to michael.robinson@york.ac.uk by April 26, 2023:
1) Completed application form (download the PDF file)
2) Europass curriculum vitae

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by May 5, 2023. Successful applicants need to confirm attendance by May 12, 2023. Certificates of attendance will be provided. Admission to the Summer School requires attendance for the duration of the school.

All activities will be in-person at Venice International University, Isola di San Servolo, Venice - Italy.

The Summer School is residential. Accommodation and meals will be provided in San Servolo Island, 10 minutes boat journey from San Marco.
The COST Action is designed to encourage networking, so in-person attendance is viewed as vital. Further, it is hoped and anticipated that the participants will continue to network in the future, building up a strong European and international group of scholars working together.

The Summer School will begin early on July 11 morning and continue through July 13 evening. Arrival on July 10, 2023 and departure on the morning of July 14, 2023 is advisable.

Scientific Committee
- Tindara ADDABBO (University of Modena & Reggio Emilia);
- Anna EINARSDÓTTIR (University of York);
- Jefferson FRANK (Royal Holloway, University of London);
- J. Ignacio Pichardo GALÁN (Complutense University of Madrid);
- André KROUWEL (VU University Amsterdam);
- Sergiu MIȘCOIU (Babes-Bolyai University);
- Alberto López ORTEGA (VU University Amsterdam).

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