Edited Collection: Silenced Masculinities

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Gene Melton and Catherine Mainland / NC State University
contact email: 

Masculinities have been created and codified by every aspect of society, and have been embodied in everything from images of cave men to the Ken doll. Much of this creation depends upon the stifling of manifestations of masculinities that, over time, fluctuate in terms of social acceptability and utility. This volume will interrogate classic and contemporary cultural products in order to expose and explore how and why masculinities have been censored as “toxic” or are increasingly being silenced in other ways. The collection seeks to offer a mindful engagement with the rapidly evolving field of masculinity studies and the emergent crises facing masculinities of all kinds. Given the increasing recognition of vulnerabilities--medical, psychological, social--of male-identified individuals, we are particularly interested in submissions that acknowledge the high stakes and even fatal consequences of dismissing, disavowing, or disposing of lived masculine experiences.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of global masculinities that have been left on the margins of mainstream literary narratives, pop culture, and scholarship in any era or format, including but not limited to the following: 

Body Aesthetics/Integrity/Image

Bro/Dude Culture

Class

Education

Fashion

Fatherhood

Fraternity/Friendship

Gender Identification/Expression

Heroism

Incarceration

Leadership

Marriage

Military

Physical/Mental Health

Privilege

Race

Sexuality

Workplace Dynamics

Youth/Ageism/Aging

By 31st March 2020, please submit an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief bio (100 words) to Dr. Catherine Mainland, at cmmainla@ncsu.edu, and Dr. Gene Melton, at hgmelton@ncsu.edu. Please use the subject line “Silenced Masculinities CFP.”  We anticipate that the final essays will be no more than 40 pages, depending on their format.