Call for abstracts: 2nd Conference on LGBTI Research in the Low Countries State-of-the-art and a look into the future

Posted by Maria Codina on July 16, 2018 at 2:32 pm

On 10 October the second edition of the LGBTI Research Conference will take place. The conference aims at an interdisciplinary exchange to inform researchers and other interested people about current LGBTI research in the Netherlands and Flanders.


Researchers are invited to present their current work or reflections on LGBTI research. Abstracts can be submitted on current studies, panels on thematic, methodological or theoretical issues, or interactive sessions for plenary discussion of a topic or issue (i.e. publishing, measuring, recruitment, policy agenda). Keynote speakers are Prof. dr. Ilan Meyer and Prof. dr. Theo Sandfort.


Ilan Meyer works at the Williams Institute (University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA) and previously worked at Columbia University in New York. Meyer is the founder of the sexual minority stress model that is often used as an explanation for differences in mental health between homosexual and heterosexual individuals. He is also the principal investigator of the “Generation” study, the topic of his presentation at the conference.


Theo Sandfort (Columbia University, New York) was the chairman of the department of homosexual studies at the University of Utrecht and the research program “Diversity, lifestyle and health” at the Netherlands Institute for Social Sexological Research (currently Rutgers). He was also chairman of the Dutch Society for Sexology and of the International Academy of Sex Reseach. Sandfort conducts research in the United States and various African countries on – among other topics – men who have sex with men. In his presentation he will further elaborate on this with reference to the situation in the Netherlands.

Submission of abstracts & registration

We invite researchers and master students to submit their abstract (max. 250 words) for a) individual presentations, b) panel sessions with panel abstract and an abstract per panel member) c) interactive sessions. The deadline to submit abstracts is 1 September through email via Please mention the type of the session and all names and affiliations in your submission email.  Abstracts can be submitted in Dutch or in English. Abstracts will be reviewed by a scientific committee, consisting of Prof. dr. Henny Bos, dr. Myrte Dierckx, dr. Jantine van Lisdonk, Mauro Kerkchof, prof. dr. Alexis Deweale, dr. Laura Baams en Gabriël van Beusekom. Registration for participation will be possible from 10 September until 25 September via The number of participants is limited.


Practical information:

The participation fee is € 35.00. Participation is open to non-researchers. The participation fee for Master students is € 15.00. The participation fee includes coffee, tea, lunch, drinks, and conference material. A limited number of Master students of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) can participate for free. If you are a Master student at the UvA, please mention your student number in your registration email.


Contributions in English are welcome. Please note that not all sessions will be in English and that translation will not be available. The keynote presentation of Ilan Meyer will be in English.


This conference is made possible by the University of Amsterdam and Rutgers.

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