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Transformations of masculinity in the 21st century: global challenges, normative expactations, status contradictions
Conference
Date: 12.07.2011 - 14.07.2011  Time:
Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
At the conference, participants will discuss the various kinds of modern masculinity, the scope for choosing among them, their status hierarchy and the impacts that class, ethnicity, migration factors and inter-generational differences have on masculinity.
As numerous studies have shown, modern social reality imposes multiple complex and contradictory demands upon both men and women. The first decade of the new century has seen the creation of new challenges that have an impact on gender relations. The range of possible models for masculinity has broadened; it has become more difficult to fulfil the traditional “male duties” of a protector and breadwinner. On the one hand, we are seeing indications pointing to a neo-patriarchy, a revival of a traditionalist, conservative ideology that emphasizes the dominant role of men both in society and within the family. On the other hand, there are whole groups of young women who are growing more active and independent; these women are ready to compete with men on the labour market and are seeking relationships based on equality in the private sphere, undermining the foundations of traditional masculinity.

At the conference, participants will discuss the various kinds of modern masculinity, the scope for choosing among them, their status hierarchy and the impacts that class, ethnicity, migration factors and inter-generational differences have on masculinity. Our interest will be directed in particular at the contradictions within normative scenarios of masculinity, at the sources of male stress, and at the conflicts among the various kinds of masculinity and at their political, demographic, ideological, cultural consequences. Another important focus will be on the connections between various types of masculinity and the state and state ideology: What is supported, what is marginalized, what is directly suppressed?

The range of issues for discussion:
Nationalism and masculinity: the role of masculine ideology in inter-ethnic conflicts;
Local and globalization-based patterns of masculinity, their interaction on the various social and cultural stages;
Masculinities in traditional cultures and their evolution;
“Alternative masculinities”: queers, pacifists, feminists, house-husbands;
Men’s health, mortality, risk behaviour;
Social and class dimensions of modern masculinity. Masculinity of workers, managers, state employees and officers of the police, army and secret service;
Masculinity and the new information technologies;
Masculinity and family, fatherhood;
The power dimension of masculinity: masculinity and state
Dimensions of male sexuality: major trends and problems.

We invite sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, ethnologists and other specialists from the fields of the social sciences to take part in the conference.

Submissions will be accepted until 15 May 2011 under sam-gender@yandex.ru.

Submissions should include an abstract of the paper (max. 3500 characters) and the author’s CV. The conference organizing committee will pay for accommodation. Limited resources to cover travel costs (tickets) are also available. We request that you please indicate in the application whether you will require ticket reimbursement.

Russian and English will be the working languages at the conference.
Submitted by: KILDEN
Arranged by
State University “Higher School of Economics”

Contact e-mail:

sam-gender@yandex.ru
 
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