CFP: Men’s Dilemmas (Exeter)

Men’s Dilemma?  Sources and Methodologies in the History of Masculinity
22-23 July 2008, University of Exeter

Plenary Speaker
Dr Hannah Barker, University of Manchester.

Call for Papers
Since its emergence in the 1980s, the history of masculinity has undergone rapid and exponential development. Born from the dynamism of women’s history and feminist history, scholars of men’s, masculinity and queer studies have sought to give the gendering of men a ‘visibility’ in history. The history of masculinity is, however, currently at somewhat of a crossroads. The pioneering studies in this field have, in recent years, undergone question and scrutiny and have been extended in scope and diversity, including both theoretical and empirical research. Histories of the family, community, body, medicine, sexualities, social order, empire and politics have all impacted on present understanding of men and masculinities. It is becoming increasingly evident that whilst existing works have provided a solid foundation on which future knowledge could be built, our awareness and understanding of the gendering, representation, perception and experiences of men in history is necessarily contingent on the sources analysed and methodologies adopted. It is the purpose of this colloquium to highlight and discuss the extent to which utilisation of sources, approaches and methodologies shapes or constructs our questions, findings and conclusions in the history of masculinity. Early career and postgraduate historians of any time period, whose research engages with the history of masculinity, are invited to present their ideas.

If you are interested in contributing to the discussion at this colloquium, or would like more details, please contact Dr Henry French.

Please submit your abstract proposal of no more than 300 words by Monday 9 June 2008.

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