Thursday, 28 January 2016

Political Masculinities as Agents of Change

Where, when, how and to what effect can political masculinities serve as agents of change? We hope to showcase the best work in this area from a diverse range of academic disciplines and practitioners and stimulate debate between them, so are holding an interdisciplinary conference on the topic at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (United Kingdom) from 2nd to 4th December 2016. The call for papers is now open.

We define ‘political masculinities’ as any potential actor in the political sphere, be they individuals (activists, politicians, journalists, etc.), groups (parties, think tanks, trade unions, etc.) or the State and its institutions and representatives. We also include ‘hidden’ political masculinities (e.g. those associated with global businessmen) and political processes and structures relating to masculinities. 

‘Agents of change’ are similarly broadly defined. These may be any actors/actions that challenge normative masculinities (dominant, taken for granted ideals of what it is to be a man that sustain unequal relations of power between women and men and amongst men). 

Proposals for oral papers or poster presentations must be submitted by Friday the 29th of April 2016 to These should include the name of author(s), their affiliation, a title, a 250 word abstract (maximum), and a brief biographical statement. Symposium proposals, comprising four papers, should include the above information as well as an overall title and abstract of 250 words (maximum).

Please see for further details concerning the conference including the registration process.

Posted by Rosemary Lobban
Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

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