Bodies - Systems - Structures: Masculinities in the UK and the US, 1945 to the Present
This conference will explore masculinity as an idea or a concept that operates across, or at least in relation to, a distance/difference that may or may not be bridgeable: between the systemic and the corporeal, the abstract and the concrete.
Thus, this conference will not only encourage scholarly movement in a direction that both builds on recent work in the field of masculinity studies and moves past it toward more comparative kinds of analysis, but it will also explore the relations between di_ erent abstract and corporeal, metaphorical and metonymical manifestations of masculinity. With these dilemmas in mind, we invite theoretical, cultural, or literary analyses of masculinities in the US and/or the UK since World War II – a period in which differentiated masculinities proliferate for specifcally national and transnational reasons, including global waves of
decolonization, changing patterns of migration, the emergence of 'new' subaltern subjects demanding social, cultural, and political recognition, as well as conservative reactions against these developments.
We especially encourage papers with comparative and/or transnational emphases. Possible topics might involve (but need not be limited to) any of the following:
• Masculinities and/as Systems (which systems – military, symbolic, technological, post- or neocolonial, liberal or neoliberal, political or bio-political – can masculinity embody, exemplify, or perform?)
• Masculinities as Bodies – Bodies as Systems – Systems as Bodies
• Masculinities and/as Structures (structures of feeling, experience, possibility)
• Masculinities and/as Concepts (textual/narrative/discursive, historical/temporal, ethnic/social)
• Masculinities and/as Power (hegemony/kinship/relation to the symbolic order)
• Masculinities and/as 'Crises' (an exhausted abstraction?)