“Political Masculinities and Social Transition,” the first of two interdisciplinary conferences will take place at Landau University, Germany, 27-29 November, 2015. The second is planned for Cambridge, UK, in 2016.
Conference organizers are: Kathleen Starck of the University of Koblenz-Landau, and Russell Luyt of Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. The first confirmed keynote speaker (more to follow) is Henri Myrttinen, International Alert, Senior Research Officer on Gender in Peacebuilding.
The Conference Venue is the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Landau/Pfalz, Germany.
The call for papers closes March 13, 2015. Organizers strongly encourage proposals from as many academic disciplines as possible, either focusing explicitly on political practices, individuals and structures, or concentrating on representations of these. They also distinctly welcome proposals from non-academic organisations.
Please email an abstract of not more than 250 words to either: Kathleen Starck, University of Landau, Germany or Russell Luyt, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
The main issue that we want to address, besides examining the characteristics of political masculinities in different transitional societies, is whether there is a certain trajectory in the characteristics of political masculinities during social transition that can be identified across cultures and times. Specific questions emerge:
- In what ways are “old” and “new” concepts of political masculinities and their location within the overall gender order negotiated and which “old” characteristics are retained or replaced within transition?
- Are there social mechanisms that accelerate or slow down the transition of political masculinities and whose interests do they serve?
- How stable are political masculinities in transition and can changes brought about by transition be reversed once the transitional conditions cease to exist?
- To what extent may processes of transition result in an individual “political masculinity identity” that is complex and contradictory, or arguably even psychically divided and multilayered?
- Further points of discussion are welcome.
Conference details will be published soon on the conference website.
The registration fee is €50.