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mardi 15 février 2011

Call for Papers : ‘Embattled Men: Masculinity and War’ symposium


While the link between war and gender has been a feature of many historical cultures, it has only been recently that the topic has received attention in political, cultural or literary histories. Initially, these histories, often written from a feminist perspective, focused on re-inscribing women into the discourses of war, and indeed, into actual war situations. More recent studies, however, have ceased to take for granted that war is something only men do, and have started to probe the significance of the enduring connection between war and masculinity. These studies investigate, for example, the primary importance of gender divisions in governing militaristic attitudes, the role of masculinity in founding military identities, the fundamental connections between war and masculinity in political citizenship, and the centrality of masculinity in literary
narratives of war experience. Other work has also problematised the association of war and masculinity by drawing attention to alternative views of warfare, those of non-combatants, the traumatized and disabled, and by uncovering a range of competing masculinities circulating in discourses of war. Drawing on this engagement with masculinity and war, our conference invites scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the associations between war and masculinity.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• damaged men: broken faces/bodies, trauma
• home-front/civilian masculinities
• martial masculinity and public remembrance
• literary, artistic, and filmic constructions of masculinities in conflict
• becoming men, becoming soldiers
• masculinity and military heroism
• masculinity of military rationalism and science
• war, masculinity and nation building

To present a paper, please email an abstract of up to 250 words to Christina Spittel
(christina.spittel@anu.edu.au) or Neil Ramsey (neil.ramsey@anu.edu.au) by Friday, 25 February 2011.

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