NOISE European Summer School in Women's Studies
From Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Diasporic Identities and Medi@ted Cultures: Gender, Power, Representations

9 - 23 September 2000, University of Pisa, Italy

Go to the online application form for the NOISE Summerschool 2000


This two-week intensive Summer School, coordinated by Utrecht University, with the participation of the universities of Pisa and Bologna, offers a varied and integrated programme in Women's Studies from multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. The school consists of three clusters, emphasising postcolonial literary theory, feminist cultural studies and feminist social sciences. The notion of 'identity' stands central in this course. It is defined as a dynamic and contested notion, which will be approached from a number of comparative European multicultural angles.

Issues related to ethnocentrism and the critique of racism will be raised within gender and women's studies. The very idea of 'European identity' will be discussed from a sociological and cultural studies framework. Issues of inclusion, exclusion and therefore of access and participation in the making of European identities will also be addressed in a gender perspective. The NOISE Summer School 2000 will deal with these issues in the context of the global media phenomenon, from telecommunication to the internet and the electronic frontier. The displacement of identities is therefore the central concern of the Summer School, as is the reflection on the various forms of cultural mediation that are available within gender and women's studies today.

Target Group

The NOISE Summer School aims at advanced final-year undergraduate students, as well as postgraduate and PhD students. Applicants should have a background in the field of Women's Studies.

Number of Participants: max. 50

Credits: 9 ECTS


After fulfilment of all requirements (preparation of assignments and reading, attendance and final essay of 8 - 10 pages), participants receive the NOISE Certificate from Utrecht University for 240 hours of work.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the course are 350 ECU including reading materials. NOI&SE grants are available for a number of students from NOISE partner universities.

Deadline for Application

Applications should arrive in Utrecht before 1 April 2000. The selected participants will receive a letter of acceptance before 1 May 2000.
You can use the online application form or download the word version of the application form.

What More Do You Need To Know?

  • Working language: English.
  • Preparation: the participants are required to prepare the readings and the assignments sent to them in advance.
  • Registration of selected students is official after their payment of 350 ECU before 1 June.

Local Coordination

Dr. Maria Benvenuti

University of Pisa, Italy
Prof. Ann Katherine Isaacs

University of Bologna, Italy
Prof. Vita Fortunati

For More Information, Application Forms and Registration:
NOISE Central coordination
Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti
Esther Vonk
International Office Women's Studies
Utrecht University
Trans 10
3512 JK Utrecht
The Netherlands
tel.: +31 30 2536013
fax.: +31 30 2536695

NOISE Partner Organisations:

Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, Belgium
Universität Bielefeld, Germany
Odense Universitet, Denmark
Universidad de Madrid, Spain
Université de Paris VII, France
Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessaloniki, Greece
Universita degli studi di Bologna, Italy
Universita della Calabria, Italy
Universita degli studi di Milano, Italy
University College Dublin, Ireland
Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
University of Turku, Finland
Abo Akademi University, Finland
University of East London, UK
University of York, UK
University of Lund, Sweden
Lodz University, Poland
University of Latvia, Latvia

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