Body Politics: Rethinking Gender and Masculinity
Concept Note: The research on men and masculinities traces back to the women’s and gay liberation movements that challenged existing understandings of gender and power. Though the initial formulations of Masculinity Studies had started much early around the 1970s, it was not until the empirical research around 1980s-1990s that it began to develop as a newly formed discipline. As a logical extension of Feminism, Masculinity Studies looks into sex and/or gender as a discursive social construct and tries to understand them through theoretical hermeneutics. Drawing from Gramsci’s formulation of ‘Hegemony’ and Foucauldian post-structuralist thought, it tries to understand gender through the dynamics of social relation that intersects with power. As Connell argues, instead of considering masculinity to be ‘natural character type, a behavioural average, a norm’, focus should be given to the process through which gendered bodies perform. In this regard, sex and/or gender is not fixed, instead it is in a continuous flux; thus, masculinity should be recognised as a gender presentation that is continuously transforming and evolving. This volume will engage with the current developments in the field of Masculinity Studies and will try to diversify the issues of gender and masculinity. Articles should cover the following sub-themes and may stretch beyond to justify the purpose of this book: 1. Construction of Masculinities2. Gendered Spaces3. Masculinity in Literature4. Media Representations of Masculinity5. War, Militarism and Masculinities6. Female Masculinity & Male Femininity7. Queer, Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestite, Gay Masculinities8. Disability and Masculinity9. Posthuman Masculinity10. Physical Culture and Masculinity11. Masculinity in Comics and Graphic Novel12. Violence and Masculinities13. Masculinities and Sport14. Local, Regional and Global Masculinities15. Masculinities and Men’s Health16. Masculinity in Children’s Literature17. Myths and MasculinityScholarly and unpublished research articles are invited from scholars and academicians for publication in an edited volume. This volume will be published with an ISBN from a renowned national publishing house. Contributors are requested to follow the submission guidelines mentioned. The proposed title of the volume will be Body Politics: Rethinking Gender and Masculinity. Submission of Abstract & Full Paper: 20 October 2020.Notification of Acceptance: On or before 30 October 2020.Submissions should be made via email firstname.lastname@example.org Editors: 1) Tanmoy Baghira, Assistant Professor of English, Gurudas College, Kolkata & PhD Research Scholar, Dept. of English, University of Kalyani.2) Ananya Mukherjee, Faculty Member, Dept. of English, Sripat Singh College, Murshidabad & PhD Research Scholar, Dept. of English, Raiganj University. Submission Guidelines: •Paper size: A4, Font & size: Times New Roman 12, Spacing: 1.5 lines, Margin of 1 inch on all four sides.•Text of the paper: justified. Images (if any) should in .jpg format with proper copyright.•Title of the paper: bold, Sentence case (Capitalize each word), centred. Font & size: Times New Roman 14 bold•Please strictly follow to the MLA style 7th Edition.•Don’t use Foot Notes, use End Note.•The paper should be between 2,500-3,500 words.• An abstract of not more than 250 words with 3-5 keywords must also be submitted along with a brief bio-note of the author.Selection Procedure: All submissions will be reviewed by the Editors. Final selection will be made only if the papers are approved for publication by the Editors. The details of the selection of your paper will be conveyed by email. Plagiarism Alert: Contributors are advised to adhere academic ethics with respect to acknowledgement of original ideas from others. All submissions should be innovative and must be supplemented by a declaration that it is an original work and has not been published anywhere else once after the intimation of the selection. Publication details: The book will be published from a reputed publishing house in Delhi. Please go through the CFP. Once the deadline is over, acceptance notification will be intimated via email to the contributors. There will be no publication fee, however, it will include a processing fee. We are trying to keep that as low as possible. Authors will get a complimentary copy with minimum postal charges if there is any. The processing fee will be intimated only to the selected contributors via email.