NOISE Summer School 2021

The 28th edition of the NOISE Summer School 2021 took place from August 30 to September 3, with Borders, Boundaries and the Politics of Belonging. Feminist Digital Cartographies as its central theme. This year we also celebrated 30 years of NOISE, which started back in 1991 at Utrecht University and has originally travelled throughout Europe (Bologna, Madrid, Pisa, Granada, Linköping, Ljubljana, Antwerp, and more) to land back in Utrecht. For the first time, the 28th NOISE took place online.

Border Politics

The Summer School introduced participants to cutting-edge scholarship on borders, boundaries and the politics of belonging, by looking at the intersection of feminist cartographies, digital media and affect theories. This Summer School did not only take border zones as an object of inquiry but mobilized the border itself as an epistemological standpoint, or as a method. The Summer School centered around questions such as: how to identify borders politics and border figurations in an interdisciplinary way; how to recognize feminist interventions into the field of digital media studies that challenge the normativity of mainstream media discourses and algorithmic coding; how to apply postcolonial/decolonial/queer interventions to debates on connectivity and belonging by signaling protracted forms of inequality and disparity, and more.

Students and Guest Speakers

NOISE welcomed 88 registered participants, which included the 2021-2022 cohort of the one-year Gender Studies master students at Utrecht University, last year’s cohort of the one-year Gender Studies master (who missed out on NOISE last year as a result of COVID-19), students doing their two-year research master Gender Studies, GEMMA students, Utrecht and Netherlands based Gender Studies PhD students affiliated with the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies, as well as international PhD and MA students, alongside Carleton College students taking the Women's and Gender Studies in Europe programme led by Professor Iveta Jusová.

We welcomed 5 international guest speakers: Dr. Roopika Risam (Salem State University), Dr. Rahul Rao (University of St. Andrews), Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock (Harvard University), Dr. Earvin Cabalquinto (Deakin University) and Dr. Martina Tazzioli (Goldsmiths, University of London). All of their recorded lectures are now available on the Graduate Gender Programme YouTube account.