Three pre-conference workshops are scheduled to precede the 26th Annual Men and Masculinities Conference of the American Men’s Studies Association in Minneapolis, March 22-25, 2018. They will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4-7 pm. Workshops are free but require pre-registration. Pre-registration information for these workshops is available on the 2018 Conference Information Page.
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