Border Masculinities: Cross-disciplinary Dialogues and New Directions

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Dr Brian Baker, Lancaster University, Lancaster UK
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We are inviting proposals for chapters of an edited volume which consider how a focus on borders and border crossings might transform contemporary understandings of masculinities. The volume is intended to foster dialogues between a range of disciplines engaged in the analysis of cultural representations of gender. We are particularly interested in contributions from the fields of Modern Languages and Cultures, English Studies, Film Studies, History and Cultural Studies.

Publications concerned with the cultural representation and construction of masculinities have tended most frequently to be produced by and for scholars working in a particular discipline. Our project seeks to explore the possibility of establishing dialogues within and between fields of analysis. One major aspiration is to identify new, cross-disciplinary models and paradigms for the study of masculinities within the humanities that renew the politically- and socially-engaged emphases of intellectual frameworks such as cultural studies and postcolonialism.

Our principal focus is on cultural products of the 21st century, or the late 20th century, from any part of the world. These should be the focus of proposed chapters, though we acknowledge that such studies might also include contextual analyses of earlier processes, events and currents. We are particularly interested in papers which consider the following areas, though these are by no means prescriptive:

  • the production of masculinities in the context of border crossings
  • the consequences for masculinities of dislocations occasioned by movements across geographical and conceptual borders
  • comparative treatments of differing models of masculinities in different regions
  • analyses of masculinities which take into account processes of modernisation, (de-) industrialisation and urbanisation
  • treatments of masculinities which are influenced by entrenched historical trade relations
  • affective aspects: emotion, desire and friendship
  • sexualities, the body, display, performance
  • relationships between power, knowledge, violence and masculinities

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief biography to Brian Baker (b.baker@lancaster.ac.uk), Chris Harris (c.harris@liverpool.ac.uk) and Amit Thakkar (a.thakkar@lancaster.ac.uk) by Friday 13th March.