In May 2014 I had the pleasure of taking part in a workshop organised at the University of British Columbia by Professor Susan B. Boyd entitled “Men’s Groups: Challenging Feminism”. The main aim of the workshop was to gather international scholars working on issues such as antifeminism, men’s social movements, mothers’ and fathers’ rights in child custody, domestic violence etcetera. During this two-day event, academics from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan analysed contemporary activism and debates and discourses on the resistance to feminism and discussed how to support the advancement of feminist theories and strategies with regard to preventing the development of antifeminist practices, discourses and legislation all around the world.
Together with my colleagues from CERGU I am very pleased to invite you to take part in the International Workshop on Men and Migration in Contemporary Europe founded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, to be held at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 9-10 June 2016. The the main aim of the workshop is to strengthen interdisciplinary discussion of men and migration issues centred on the multidimensional and intersectional aspects of male experiences and identities, migrant men’s practices, their roles in their host societies and encounters between varied migrant and non-migrant masculinities. During the workshop, we will particularly address the issues of migrant men’s vulnerability, discrimination (in the labor market, state institutions and in the public sphere), fatherhood models and the issues connected to masculinities models and sexuality.
Over three years ago I had the pleasure of coordinating one the most interesting and exciting projects funded under the European Commission programme Daphne III entitled “IMPACT: Evaluation of European Perpetrator Programmes”. The main aim of the IMPACT project was to enhance and harmonise the outcome monitoring of European programmes for male perpetrators of domestic violence. As knowledge about the evaluation of such initiatives in Europe was not deep enough, IMPACT’s project team, consisting of seven organisations from five European countries, strived to fill this knowledge gap and offer solutions towards a harmonisation of perpetrator programme monitoring.
And yet another Special Issue on broadly defined men and masculinities research has been published. This time, together with Urszula Kluczyńska, we concentrated mostly on the intersections among (critical) men and masculinities and queer and sexuality studies and therefore, we had searched for papers where these particular perspectives are represented. Our efforts resulted in the collection of articles touching upon issues such as male friendships in the contemporary society, medicalization of male sexuality, transsexuality and drag-king’s activism as well as men’s politics in the Polish LGBTQ movement.
In the last several weeks Göteborgs – Posten, one of the most popular daily newspapers in my city, has become a platform where the issue of the increasing number of male refugees coming to/staying in Sweden has been raised. As a feminist scholar researching men and masculinity issues for almost a decade, I couldn’t be happier to observe this type of gender-sensitive discussion being conducted in one of the leading Gothenburg newspapers. However, as the problem analysed is extremely complex, and the intersections between masculinities, migration processes and violence play a crucial role in it, further discussion should be elaborated and it cannot be limited to the presentation of contradictory statements from social researchers, which is happening at the moment. Continue reading
Despite the fact that 39th Göteborgs Film Festival is being held at the moment in my city, the first movie I saw in the cinema in 2016 was Tarantino’s Hateful Eight. I was quite excited and decided to watch it ASAP despite rather restrained reviews I’d heard and read here and there. No matter what people had said I was mostly tempted by the fact that the movie is a story of men and relations between different masculinities’ representations. Additionally, after superb Django Unchained and not less brilliant The Homesman, I really looked forward to seeing another awesome western. Imagine my first, but not last disappointment, when I realized that I was watching Agatha Christie-like crime story instead…
In the 1950s an anonymous author published her book A Woman in Berlin, in which the history of mass rapes perpetrated at the end of the Second World War by Red Army soldiers (white men) against German (white) women is described. Grbavica, directed by Jasmila Žbanić, tells the story of rapes perpetrated by Serbian men (white Christians) against Bosnian women (white Muslims) during the war in the former Yugoslavia. Stories of women from Vietnam, Bangladesh, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Peru, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur and most recently Libya, Iraq and Syria (Henry 2016), victims of mass rapes perpetrated by men (white, black, Asian, catholic, orthodox, Muslim, atheist, old, young, unemployed, educated etc.) during armed conflicts, still wait to be told. Continue reading