Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 Conference Info

UMichFeatureThe American Men’s Studies Association’s Twenty-Fifth Conference on Men and Masculinities returns to Ann Arbor, Michigan and the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, the home of AMSA, March 30 through April 2, 2017. To celebrate AMSA’s Silver Anniversary the theme of AMSA XXV is “Honoring Our History, Imagining Our Future.”

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Questions? email AMSA

Conference Schedule

Download the final conference schedule here (pdf).

Conference Registration

Conference registration is now open. Register online here.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will take place Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. There is no additional registration fee, but they require advanced registration. To register email AMSA.

Intergenerational Man-to-Man Workshop: Lived Experience as Men

This workshop is based on Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT), and  a practical application of RCT’s premise that being in relationship or connection with others is the crux of growth for human beings. Male relationships are often fraught with communication roadblocks including generational differences, denying the reward of connection. Generational “gaps” can cause misunderstanding and estrangement. The workshop allows men to appreciate where they’ve been and what the future portends for theirlives as relational beings. In this growth-fostering environment two groups 1.) Traditional & Baby Boomers and 2.) GenX’ers & Millennials  a.) exchange perceptions the other generations’ strengths; b.) put forward what they most want to learn about the others’ lived experience as men;  and c.) tender what they want the other to know about their lives as men in their generation.

Facilitator: Carol Watson-Phillips
School of Social Work – Room ECC A

Teaching Men’s Studies: Theories, Pedagogies, Resources

A pedagogical institute for those developing or already teaching courses with a substantial focus on men and masculinities. It is also for those teaching courses in gender studies wanting to extend their focus on men and masculinities. This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students with a working knowledge of gender studies and feminist theory who want to develop or strengthen their knowledge base and skills related to teaching in the area of men and masculinities. Individuals from all disciplines are invited to attend this workshop.

Facilitators: Robert Heasley and Mark Justad
School of Social Work, Room ECC B

Roundtable Discussion on Publishing in Men’s Studies: Publish or Perish

This workshops is about helping people publish in the field of men’s studies including addressing common pitfalls, figuring out where to publish, and how to approach a university press. The workshop will be aimed generally at junior scholars but all are welcome to attend.

Facilitators: Jonathan Allan, Chris Haywood, and Frank Karioris
School of Social Work – Room 2609

Special Pre-Conference Film Screening

A film screening and discussion, led by filmmaker David Quinto will feature his new film: Father Unknown. Captured on a camera phone as it happened, this is the true story of a man’s struggle to face the emptiness he carries inside. Disconnected from the people closest to him and haunted by the secrecy in his family, he records his desperate search for connection on a journey with the father he’s never truly known. This endearing and universal story brings audiences along for the ride in real time on a deep and powerful journey, inspiring courageous conversations about the search for identity, the longing for connection in family relationships, the resilience of the human spirit, and the journey to heal the pain of the past.

It will take place Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the School of Social Work – Room 1636.

Conference Lodging

AMSA has contracted with a number of hotels in Ann Arbor to help you find the best rates and locations. Rooms start as low as $145 a night (plus taxes) and are located a 5-12-minute walk to the conference location. If reservations are made via phone, please state you are booking through the “AMSA room block.”

  • The Graduate Hotel, located a 12-minute walk away, offers lodging at $178 per night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the Graduate Hotel at 734-769-2200 or onlineReservations must be made by 02/14/17.
  • The Inn at the League, located a 9-minute walk away, offers lodging at $145 – $155 per night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by calling 734-764-3177 or online. Reservations must be made by 02/28/17.
  • The Executive Learning and Conference Center, located a 4-minute walk away, offers lodging at $157 per night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by calling 734-764-7677 or online. Reservations must be made by 03/16/17.

About Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan is located in North America’s Eastern Standard Time Zone with Daylight Saving Time beginning on March 12, 2017. It is about 43 miles from downtown Detroit and 27 miles from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.  The normal temperatures at the end of March are highs of 53° (12°C) and lows of 32° (0°C).


University of Michigan Museum of Art

Ann Arbor is most well-known as the home of the main campus of the University of Michigan. Just off the campus, Ann Arbor’s downtown district boasts everything from riveting theater to exclusive art galleries to an engaging cinema scene to renowned concert halls that command legendary performers. And that’s all without mentioning the historic, newly renovated University of Michigan Museum of Art. There are eclectic shops, ethnic restaurants and hip night clubs and 30 independent bookstores. From mysteries and crime to holistic healing and yoga, each store has a unique personality and area of expertise. For more about Ann Arbor attractions click here.



Ann Arbor is served by Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). It is an international hub for Delta Airlines and is served by Air France, Alaska Airlines, American, Frontier, Jet Blue, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, Spirit, and United. All major US rental car agencies are available. One way taxi service to Ann Arbor is $54-$60.

AnnArborAirThe Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (“The Ride”) provides public bus service to and from DTW Airport to two stops in Ann Arbor for $12 each way when pre-booked. It stops at the Blake Transit Center, 328 S. Fifth Avenue, and the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor.

The downtown Amtrak station  (325 Depot Street) is served daily by the “Michigan Wolverine” passenger rail line between Chicago and Detroit.