About a Boy

IMG_20170424_100609_635As the grant applications season is almost over (or at least suspended until further notice) I have finally managed to find some time and energy to write the post that I originally planned to be 2016’s last entry 😉 In November last year, I started a series of posts aimed at providing a grounding on the current abortion struggle in Poland. The first post was a summary of the main events in 2016, as well as an introduction to some crucial actors. Today, I have decided to give you some historical background to this struggle as it appears that, in this particular case, history does repeat itself. And since my blog deals with men and masculinities issues, I will present to you a portrait of one of the few men who, along with many women, engaged himself in the struggle for women’s reproductive rights. Ladies and gentleman, meet Tadeusz Boy-Ć»eleƄski. Continue reading

Trumpsculinity

25411_377602423466_5440934_nIn her last essay on the new politics of masculinity and migration, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, sociology professor at the University of Southern California (USC), wrote that the current presidential election in the US has an extraordinary dynamic, as one of the most important discursive categories is (traditional) masculinity, supported by misogyny and xenophobia, which at certain point dominated Trump’s campaign (Hondagneu-Sotelo 2016). As a critical men and masculinities scholar, I couldn’t agree more, since everything that I’ve read, seen and heard from and about the (American) male electorate in the last few months has led me to the conclusion that Trump’s masculinity is a crucial factor influencing the election results. Continue reading

The story of abortion struggle in Poland: e01s01

14470413_10154500788733991_2338209587743219732_nI’m pretty sure that the majority of you are familiar with the current struggle in Poland with regard to the total abortion ban and may already wonder why I, a gender and social movements researcher, haven’t written about it on my blog so far. The main reason is that the problem is extremely complex and an analysis of the whole spectrum of initiatives, discourses and actors involved in this struggle is impossible to perform in one (user-friendly) blog post. Therefore, after weeks of wondering how to frame the problem, I decided to divide the story into pieces and elaborate on particular issues in separate posts. So today, please enjoy the pilot of this fascinating series, which consists of a very short summary of the 2016 events and an introduction of one of the actors I had a chance to write a paper on back in 2010. Continue reading

International Conference “Gender, Power, Eastern Europe – Changing Concepts of Femininities and Masculinities and Power Relations”

jazzyberlinDr. Justyna Stypinska, an excellent scholar  and a very good friend of mine, together with her colleagues from the Institute for East European Studies, would like to invite you to take part in the International Conference entitled “Gender, Power, Eastern Europe – Changing Concepts of Femininities and Masculinities and Power Relations” to be held at Free University in Berlin, Germany, 20-23 June 2017. Continue reading

Menferencing

gdanskAs you may have noticed already, it usually takes me a few weeks or even months to reflect on the events that I attend, and my comments mostly refer to the conference/workshop content, as I try to focus on men and masculinities and/or gender issues that are discussed during the event. This time, however, is slightly different because not only did the conference end six days ago, but I am also changing my focus from the content to the interactions that I observed. So let me start with the basics.

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CFP: Special Issue of NORMA:International Journal for Masculinity Studies

normaThe Guest Editors of the Special Issue of NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies on “Men and Migration in Europe and beyond” warmly welcome scholarly contributions from researchers working on the issues pertaining to the international migration and mobilities, critical men and and masculinities studies. This special issue aims at collecting and broadening the scholarly knowledge on the issues concentrated on the presence of male migrants in the receiving societies.

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International Conference “Gender, Refugees and Security”

14446387_10154462737408991_1998002025_oIn several weeks the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg will be hosting the international conference  on gendered conditions for refugees during and after refuge. The main goal of the event is to discuss refugee issue from a gender and security perspective. The point of departure is the fact that the majority of  refugees in Sweden are men and therefore,  gender lenses seem to be crucial in order to properly analyse and understand the situation that we are currently dealing with. However, the conference will go beyond the single -track analysis of the intersections between masculinity, migration and security and will offer a platform for multidimensional discussions and analysis of the issue. Moreover, it will prompt the knowledge exchange between academics, practitioners and policy makers. Continue reading

International Conference “Men and Masculinities: Politics, Policy, Praxis”

In June 2017 the Nordic Association for Research on Men and Masculinities (NFMM), that I’m a member of, together with the Centre for Feminist Studies (CFS) at Örebro University, Sweden, will organise an international, interdisciplinary conference on men, masculinities, politics, policy and praxis. The aim of this event “to foster interdisciplinary dialogues between those researching and engaged in political or policy activism around men and masculinities, across different nations, with a view to establishing international collaborations between researchers and practitioners globally.” The Örebro conference will be the third conference ogranised by NFMM that I’m planning to attend. Two previous events held in Oslo and Reykjavik in 2012 and 2014, respectively, were actually the best men and masculinities events that I’ve had a pleasure to take part in so far and therefore, I strongly recommend 2017 conference to all of you interested in critical men and masculinities studies. More details regarding the conference are available here.

Teaching intersectionality in inter- sectional settings

gottoIntersectionality and intersectional theories are currently some of the most important and influential theoretical, methodological and pedagogical approaches within sociology and other social sciences, especially in their critical approach. According to the most common understanding, intersectionality is not only a theory but most of all an analytical tool that “(
) provides a framework for explaining how social divisions of race, gender, age, and citizenship status, among others, positions people differently in the world, especially in relation to global social inequality” (Hill Collins & Bilge 2016: 15). Therefore, teaching sociology students how to use this tool seems to be a very important task. However, because understanding the entire spectrum of the intersectional approach is rather complex, and even among experienced researchers some misunderstandings and simplifications occur (Naples 2009), teaching intersectionality to undergraduate and graduate students can be both beneficial and challenging and strongly depends on a) teacher expertise and auto-reflexivity, and b) the composition of the student group and the level of heterogeneity. Continue reading

A report on the international workshop “Men and Migration in contemporary Europe”

plakatBetween the 9th and 10th of June 2016 a group of social science scholars from multiple disciplines such as sociology, law, political science and gender studies from Sweden, the United States, Poland, Estonia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy gathered at the Centre for European Studies at Gothenburg University (CERGU) to participate in an international workshop titled “Men and Migration in contemporary Europe”.  The workshop was organised by me and my colleagues from CERGU and was generously sponsored by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Continue reading