So what have I actually been up to in Amsterdam?
Now that I've been living here for over month, I am able to define what researching full time looks like. Since I am on the hunt for a new D.C. based job starting in August (hit me up with any education networks/nonprofits/awesome schools that you know of), I also used my new found definition to polish up my resume.
I synthesized my work here into three bullet points:
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Scholarship
Independently construct research proposal, methodology and methods, and extensive literature review exploring how Dutch education policies and pedagogies deconstruct heteronormativity in schools
Network with key educators and individuals in the Gay Rights movement to set up over 20 interviews, classroom observations, and collect curricular materials from a forty-year span; analyze trends in data to construct a thesis on acceptance of sexual diversity
Create professional development module to share with United States education networks to foster inclusive environments for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Questioning students
In other words, a lot of reading, writing, and talking. All things that I am obsessed with.
Needless to say, I have plenty of recommendations for books and articles to check out.
One of my Dutch friends Anchorette, is a badass feminist, anthropologist, and designer. We started a book club reading White Innocence, by Gloria Wekker. The book analyzes the paradox of colonialism and the perception of innocence in white Dutch culture through an intersectional feminist lens. Anchorette is amazing. The book is amazing. And, you can pick it up in either Dutch or English.
This dissertation examines the forming of sexuality by pubers (teenagers) throughout secondary school. Krebbekx discusses sexting and ingrained heteronormativity in educational spaces.
3. Biology textbooks written in Dutch.
This report was produced by The Netherlands Institute for Social Research and studies the acceptance of homosexuality in the Dutch context. It looks at views across different intersections of identity including age and minority status.
5. SO many articles written about gender inequality and sexuality education at a global level, including this article on sexuality education in Ethiopia by a University of Amsterdam PhD student who spoke at one of my classes.
Marielle L. J. Le Mat (2017) (S)exclusion in the sexuality education classroom: young people on gender and power relations, Sex Education, 17:4, 413-424, DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2017.1301252
6. Uncomfortable Encounters by Jantine van Lisdonk
A dissertation comprised of articles that address the tension between living in a 'tolerant' society and heteronormativity. Reading this made me more attune to bi-phobia and the silencing of many bisexual voices, especially within the LGBTQ community.
Thanks for reading this post! Let me know of any other reading recommendations that you have in the comment section below!