Marking Heteronormative Masculinity : Possible directions to theorize neoliberal, visual, literary, digital representations of Indian men
Soliciting papers for the South Asia conference at University of Wisconsin, Madison ( October 17-20).
Most historical records from global South reveal a disproportionate emphasis on the actions of men—rendering them as the default stable center from which events have been viewed. Feminist scholarship has responded by foregrounding the voices of women participants. Yet, as Mrinalini Sinha points out, “It soon became apparent, however, that in many ways it is men who have no history.” Responding to this theoretical lack, this panel seeks proposals that aim to critically examine as well as interrogate the construction of masculinities under a postcolonial, neoliberal framework. References to ‘neoliberalism’ and the ‘postcolonial’ in this panel do not simply suggest an examination of contemporary and historical moments that have shaped power-networks. They refer to the specific political, economic, social, and cultural circumstances which shape gender relationships, at the level of everyday practice and representation. This panel also explore the relationship of masculinity to femininity and masculinity as an aspect of relationships between men. Several literary texts (literature, movies, films, videos, graphic novels) position women as an important vantage point, from which the male character imagines, produces, and ultimately transforms himself. This appears to be a more complex process than simply the cultivation of opposing gender roles. I call for an examination of the habitus (Bourdieu,1996) of the male homosocial space, alongside a space that is occupied by both men and women. In other words, what can be regarded as the “structuring structure” that produces masculinities in a neoliberal space. Towards this end, I seek papers that can effectively interrogate literary, visual and digital constructions of heteronormative Indian masculinities. Email 300 word abstracts to email@example.com by 28th March.