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CFP: Male (Un)Bonding: Men, Masculinities, and Homosocial Troubles

A Research Development Workshop and Interdisciplinary Networking Event

13-15 June 2019, Bush House, King’s College London

Homosociality and all of its troubles (and attractions) demand urgent interrogation in light of ongoing and developing understandings of masculinity. More frequently than not, the acts, relations, and performances of male bonding function to reify patriarchal power, shoring up formal and informal regimes of control and domination. We see many sites that demand intervention including the formation and amplification of highly destructive forms of racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic in-grouping, the very structures that support, protect, and encourage abuse by individuals in positions of power and fame, as well as broader concerns of ‘toxic masculinity.’ At the same time and not entirely disentangled from problems of homosociality, there may be forms of masculine bonding that hold strong attractions in contemporary culture, with male intimacy and allyship suggested as a correctives to patriarchal competition, isolation, and exclusion. Continue reading “CFP: Male (Un)Bonding: Men, Masculinities, and Homosocial Troubles”

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Call for Submissions: Making Masculinity: Craft, Gender, and Material Production in the Long Nineteenth-Century

Guest Editors:  Dr Katie Faulkner (The Courtauld Institute of Art and Arcadia University) Dr Freya Gowrley (University of Edinburgh)

This special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies will use ‘craft’ as a framework for understanding how various forms of masculinity were constructed and expressed during the long nineteenth-century (1789-1914) in Britain and internationally.

Deadline for completed manuscripts 30th October 2017 Continue reading “Call for Submissions: Making Masculinity: Craft, Gender, and Material Production in the Long Nineteenth-Century”

Registration now OPEN: ‘Anxious Forms 2016 Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century’, 28th October, University of Glasgow

We are delighted to announce that  general registration for ‘Anxious Forms 2016: Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century’ is now open until 3rd October. You can find out more information about the event, our speakers, Glasgow etc. at our websiteContinue reading “Registration now OPEN: ‘Anxious Forms 2016 Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century’, 28th October, University of Glasgow”

CFP: Travelling Texts and Translated Men: Migration and Postcolonialism across Disciplines

The American University of Paris, Combes 104, October 15, 2016

Event page:https://www.aup.edu/news-events/events/2016-10-15/travelling-texts-and-translated-men-migration-and-postcolonialism

Event description:

This event is part of “The Politics of Translation” seminar organised by the Center for Writers and Translators (Comparative and English Literature Department) of the American University of Paris. Continue reading “CFP: Travelling Texts and Translated Men: Migration and Postcolonialism across Disciplines”

CFP: Anxious Forms 2016: Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century

Friday, 28th October, 2016

Speakers: 

Professor Bradley Deane (University of Minnesota Morris)

Dr Patricia de Montfort (University of Glasgow)

Continue reading “CFP: Anxious Forms 2016: Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century”

Funded PhD, Glasgow: “Testing the limits of the ‘hard man’ in film: masculinity and male health behaviour in Scotland’s public health films 1934-2000”

Three Year PhD Studentship, Glasgow

Project Title:  “Testing the limits of the ‘hard man’ in film: masculinity and male health behaviour in Scotland’s public health films 1934-2000”

Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, the Centre for the Social History of Health and Health Care at the University of Strathclyde and the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive are pleased to announce a three-year PhD studentship funded via the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities Applied Research Collaboration Studentship (ARCS) and the SFC. The studentship will begin 1 October 2016 Continue reading “Funded PhD, Glasgow: “Testing the limits of the ‘hard man’ in film: masculinity and male health behaviour in Scotland’s public health films 1934-2000””

Call for Publications: ‘Gender in Victorian Popular Fiction, Art and Culture’

Call for Articles: ‘Gender in Victorian Popular Fiction, Art and Culture’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, special issue edited by Janine Hatter and Helena Ifill

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture. Continue reading “Call for Publications: ‘Gender in Victorian Popular Fiction, Art and Culture’”

Welcome to Victorian Masculinity

The nineteenth century was the age of the gentleman, the industrialist, the dandy, the man of letters, the imperialist. Victorian fiction too is filled with detectives, butlers, cads, clerks, actors, aristocrats, madmen and murderers. As an academic working in the field of masculinity studies, I’ll be posting about some of the fun things I find in the course of my research about Victorian constructions of manliness, as well as modern-day interpretations of the Victorian man in literature and film.

My aim is to make this blog as light-hearted as possible, although I’ll try to provide full references for any texts as I go along, and watch out for green text where I’ll include notes and links to any interesting books, blogs, publications, archives, or exhibitions relating to the theme of the post. Feel free to get in touch with your thoughts and recommendations.

I will also circulate Calls for Papers, forthcoming talks and events, and new books relating to masculinity studies and gender studies more broadly.

If you have a CFP or event you would like me to publicize, or if you would like to be considered as a guest blogger on a topic related to Victorian masculinites, then drop me a line at victorianmasculinity@gmail.com, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @VictorianMasc.

Adventures in the National Portrait Gallery 1

The National Portrait Gallery  is home to pretty much the world’s finest collection of Victorian gents. I was there recently on a research trip and I had forgotten quite how well the exhibition space is used to delineate the different ‘styles’ (to use James Eli Adams’s term) of nineteenth-century masculinity. For the first few posts, I’ll be doing some selected highlights from the NPG.

James Eli Adams, Dandies and Desert Saints: Styles of Victorian Masculinity (1995)

Room 23: Kitchener

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Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum.

“Erm, Mr Kitchener?”

“What is it, man? Can’t you see I’m busy? Do you have any idea how much concentration it takes to look THIS DAMN MANLY?”

My god, have you ever beheld a more glorious specimen of imperial masculinity – or a more glorious moustache? This portrait shows Kitchener in the khakis of a Colonel of the Royal Engineers outside of Cairo in 1890. Continue reading “Adventures in the National Portrait Gallery 1”

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