Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Conference Info

The American Men’s Studies Association’s Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the University of Minnesota as its host institution March 22-25, 2018. The Conference theme is “Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities.”

The Call for Proposals deadline has passed. More information will be available on this page as it is finalized.

Questions? Email AMSA.


Registration for AMSA XXVI is NOW OPEN online through this secure ZapEvents portal.

“Early bird” conference registration rates end on February 15, 2018.

All attendees are expected to abide by AMSA’s Statement of Appropriate Conduct at all meetings.

Graduate and undergraduate students accepted to present a paper or poster project at the annual AMSA conference are eligible for the Loren Frankel Scholarship. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018.  For more information and to apply. 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Three pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4-7 pm.
Pre-registration for these workshops is separate from conference registration but there is no fee for them.
Pre-register by email with your name, institution, and choice of workshop here.

Libraries, Archives, Special Collections and the Critical Study of Men and Masculinities
This workshop introduces scholars to the use of libraries, archives, and special collections. It includes a new career researcher, a librarian, and a mid-career researcher, all of whom have worked in archives in one fashion or another. They will lead discussions about the archive and special collection, their experiences using these collections, and sharing information on what they’ve learned in using the archive and special collection. The goal is to talk about how to use archives and why archives matter for research. The session will also introduce scholars to a number of potential archives of interest to scholars of men and masculinities, covering everything from the practical skills of how to use an archive and special collection through how to maximize time at an archive.
Led by Jonathan A. Allan, Brandon University, Heather Tornblom, Brandon University, Nick Marino, Trinity College

Inclusive Masculinity Theory
This workshop will trace the history of masculinity studies and its theorizing, including the facilitator’s own Inclusive Masculinity Theory. Numerous topics will be discussed, and questions, discussion, and cordial and collegial debate will follow each topic. Dr. Anderson is a leading academic expert on gay men in sport, and the architect of “Inclusive Masculinity Theory,” which was generated from his research showing that decreased homophobia leads to a softening of heterosexual masculinities. This permits young men to kiss, cuddle and maintain bromances with other males, while also leading to semi-sexual behaviors between men, the increased recognition of bisexuality, as wells as having positive affects on non-monogamous relationships, including cheating.
Led by Eric Anderson, Winchester University, UK.

Alt-Ac: Thinking about Alternative Academic Careers
With academic careers increasingly becoming more precarious, graduate students, early career researchers, and even mid-career, successful researchers are being challenged to find alternative career paths. Increased casualisation of the academic career path have led to fewer opportunities for tenure-track or stable academic positions, and increasing PhD graduates compete for fewer academic jobs. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the various ways in which they may leverage their pre-existing and developing skillsets to pursue careers outside of academia should they choose, also known as Alt-Ac careers. They will be asked to reflect on their own academic goals and personal values, consider their personal circumstances, and learn how to market their skill sets for non-academic employment opportunities.
Led by Andrea Waling, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Conference Lodging

The Official Conference Hotel is the historic Foshay Hotel, 821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55402, The Foshay is a Starwood Hotel situated in downtown Minneapolis in the historic Foshay Tower, known for its blending of Art Deco decadence and contemporary cool design. It is two blocks from the Nicollet Mall Light Rail Transit Station, where conference delegates can take a 15 minute train ride to West Bank Station (Green Line) just outside the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, or take the Southbound 22H bus from 8th Street S and Marquette Ave/2nd Avenue, taking approximately 18 minutes. If driving, it will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

Special conference rates are available for stays between March 22 and March 25, 2018. The special conference rate is USD $135 plus taxes per night. Book a room online at this AMSA rate here. If booking instead by phone, you must mention AMSA to get this conference rate.

Other hotels in the immediate area include  the Westin, the Hilton Minneapolis, The Crown Plaza, the Hyatt Regency, the Marriott Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown, Embassy Suites by Hilton, and The Best Western Plus the Normandy Inn & Suites among others, all within walking distance of public transport to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

About Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum designed by Frank Gehry

Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with St. Paul, make up the “Twin Cities” that line both banks of the upper Mississippi River. It is located in North America’s Central Time Zone with Daylight Savings Time beginning on March 11, 2018. The average temperatures during the conference’s time of year are highs of 45° (7° C) and lows of 27° (-3° C). For information on the many attractions of the city, click here. There are numerous major museums as well as a plethora of opportunities in music, the performing arts, and professional sports.


Minneapolis is served by the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). It consists of two terminals at which all major United States airlines (including discount carriers Southwest and Spirit) and many international carriers arrive and depart, and it is a major international hub for Delta Airlines. All major car rental agencies serve MSP as well as public transportation that includes light rail into the city with departures and arrivals every ten minutes.

The closest Light Rail Transit station to the conference venue (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) is the West Bank Station of the “Green Line.” The “Blue Line” serves the Airport. Transfer lines at the U.S. Bank Stadium Station reversing directions.

The Twin Cities are served by interstate rail through Amtrak’s Empire Builder line that travels from Chicago to Seattle and arrives at the Union Depot in St. Paul.