The 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.
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.
At the beginning of 2017 the Feminist Theory and Gender Research section of Austrian Sociological Association will organise a workshop focused on the timely issue of migration and masculinities. The workshop entitled “Migration and masculinities. Constructing gender and difference in the host society” will take place at the University of Vienna between 19th and 2oth January 2017. More information about the event (in German) can be found here. The workshop’s programme can be found here.
We are very pleased to invite you to take part in the 16th Polish Sociological Congress, to be held in Gdansk, Poland 14-17 September 2016. The theme of the congress is Solidarity in the time of distrust. In addition to the congress’s theme, the programme covers other research fields and one of them will be explored in our working group dedicated to the analysis of contemporary masculinities and gender transgression. The main language of the congress is Polish and the deadline to submit an abstract for a paper to be presented in our working group is March, 31. The general call for papers is available here and below you can find the description of our working group (in Polish).
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
Few weeks ago my paper entitled Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in Eastern European and Baltic countries was published in the special issue of Czech peer-reviewed journal Gender, Equal Opportunities, Research (Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum) dedicated to men and masculinities issues. The paper is a consequence of my scientific interests which include, among others, men and violence perpetration. My analysis is based on the findings from the Daphne III project Evaluation of European Perpetrators Programmes (2012-2013) as well as on the knowledge I gained during my work as a Research and Communication Officer in Work with Perpetrators – European Network.
Few days ago I finally joined the authors publishing in “Men and Masculinities” (JMM), the number one scientific journal from the critical studies on men and masculinities area. The mentioned article is a result of the PROGRESS project “Role of men in gender equality” and is a presentation of the main project results. “This project was the first systematic research study of all European Union member states and associated European Free Trade Association states regarding men and gender equality in the fields of education and paid labor, the involvement of men in care and domestic work responsibilities, men’s health, gender-based violence, and men’s participation in gender equality policy. The main objective of the study was to gain better knowledge on the role and positioning of men concerning gender equality. A number of themes were emphasized.
My latest paper (in Polish) on the role of emotions in social movements (the case of Polish fathers’ rights movement and breast cancer survivors) has been recently published in Studia Socjologiczne 4/2014 (215) and will is available here Full text The article results from research on the role of emotions in the constitution, character and dynamic of contemporary social movements. The paper is based on the cases of the fathers’ rights movement and the breast cancer survivors movement in Poland and is to a large extent the result of qualitative sociological research conducted with activists from the above mentioned movements between 2009 and 2012. Moreover, the analysis of the gathered material is preceded by an outline of the status of emotions in (Polish) sociology and the state of affairs in Polish research on the presented social movements. If You are interested in our findings and cannot read in Polish do not hesitate to contact me.
The University of Koblenz-Landau is an organiser of Interdisciplinary Conference on Masculinities: Political Masculinities and Social Transition which will take place in Landau/Pfalz between 27th and 29th November 2015. The main aims of the conference are: 1)“examining the characteristics of political masculinities in different transitional societies”, 2) getting know if there is a “certain trajectory in the characteristics of political masculinities during social transition that can be identified across cultures and times”. The deadline for submitting proposals is March, 13. Abstracts should be sent to Kathleen Starck (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Russell Luyt (email@example.com). More information about the conference can be found here:Info