Announcing the first of two sister conferences. The first is Political Masculinities in Literature and Culture: from Early Modernism to Today, which is an international, multidisciplinary conference, November 30th to December 2nd, 2012 at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany. The second conference will take place in Vienna in November/December,2013. The Vienna conference will focus on the “body politic” whereas the Landau conference is centered around “political bodies”.
Organizers: Kathleen Starck, University of Koblenz-?Landau; Birgit Sauer, Vienna University
Keynote speakers: K.A. Cuordileone -? The City University of New York; Karen Hagemann — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Eva Kreisky -? Vienna University
The field of masculinity studies has found its way into many academic disciplines. The social sciences as well as medical and psychological research have investigated many phenomena around the issue of masculinity. Moreover, there is a consensus that masculinity as the unmarked gender has remained invisible in many contexts. This, it has been argued, is particularly true for public spheres such as politics. Thus, it is not surprising there there is an increasing body of research in political science and related disciplines such as diplomatic history, exploring the interdependence of the construction of masculinities on the one hand and the emerging, maintenance, and modification of concepts such as citizenship, nationality, democracy, militarism, policing, and colonialism on the other. As a result, masculinity is being made visible in the domain of politics. Moreover, the mechanisms and functions of different types of masculinities in variable political contests, past and present, are being examined with a special focus on the transformation of masculinities.
Political science has contributed to the understanding of the emergence, the development and the transformation of modern politics and states as masculine arenas. Empirical research identified different representations of political masculinities with respect to time, space and state form. Cultural and literary research, on the other hand, focuses on the representation of political masculinities in cultural artifacts and and texts.
This conference intends to integrate these findings from different disciplines in order to shed light on different modes of representing and constructing political masculinities across time and space. Leading questions will be: What are the main characteristics of representing political masculinities (i.e. rationality, aggressiveness)? How can we trace the transformation of masculinities across time and space? The focus of all proposed papers should be on political bodies (individuals as political players).
Conference Fee: 50€
Conference Venue: University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany