Post-Patriarchal Masculinities Conference 2019 - Call for Abstracts & Registrations

Hi all,

I'm organising a conference that may be of interest to some of you. Details below! Any and all responses welcome. Also expect a vegan-friendly pot-luck lunch and (should we get organised enough) evening entertainment with cabaret, stand-up and slam poetry at the SOAS bar afterwards. Any questions, just message Dan or Amir Masculinities


What: Post-Patriarchal Masculinities Conference 2019; call for abstracts and registrations
Where: The School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) London
When: Thursday 6th June, deadline for abstracts Friday 5th April, deadline for registrations Friday 3rd May
Further Information:

It is something of a trope that masculinity is always in crisis. But since the political turbulence of 2016 that crisis has become writ large in the politics of the global north. Whilst great political progress has been made in the latter half of the twentieth century, the ideas and forces unleashed threaten to undermine many of these achievements. A new generation of quasi-autocratic 'strong men' have taken charge of many of the world's most powerful countries, presenting a model of neo-traditionalist masculinity recently branded by the American Psychological Association as explicitly pathological. In the digital realm the 'Manosphere' and the 'intellectual dark web' present a space for young men who proclaim their alienation from and rejection by mainstream society, sometimes with tragically violent consequences. At the same time, the emergence of wider forms of political and social expression create provocative new conceptions of what it means - or can mean - to identify as male.

There is a challenging, multi-directional tension between patriarchally afforded male privilege, the call to listen as an ally and also the need for judiciously exercised political agency. In this conference we wish to ask whether masculinity should be thought of as irredeemably toxic or pathological in character? And if not what might an alternative vision of maleness look like and on which - and whose - terms can it be formulated? This is a conference to talk openly, compassionately and critically about masculinity and its possibilities.

We invite academics and students of any discipline to explore these issues in this one day conference at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in central London on Thursday 6th June 2019. We invite abstracts of around 250 words on a range of topics including but not limited to:
* Men and health (physical or mental); emotional and physical well-being, the acceptability of asking for help versus expectations of 'toughing it out'
* Today's politics: New 'Big Men' in global politics, the Manosphere, Jordan B. Peterson and the intellectual Dark Web.
* Popular media; The Gillette Advertising Campaign and shared accountability, Male sexuality after # MeToo, representation in TV and Film
* Queering Masculinity; LGBT+ movements and new possibilities
* Constructing male bodies; fitness, sport, performance, competition and acceptable bodies.
* Gaming; Men as heroes and villains, gaming culture and GamerGate, skill and performance in e-sports

In order to submit an abstract or register for a place, please see the website below. The closing date for abstracts is Friday 5th April. Registrations close on Friday 3rd May.

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch!

Dan and Amir

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
c/o Karli Whitmore
125 rue Jean de la Londe, #301
Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8