Re-imagining masculinities in the 21st century: between utopias and realities
Begonya Enguix (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Krizia Nardini (Open University of Catalonia)
Gender and sexuality, media and the visual arts
Start time:
22 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Masculinities are plural, culturally located, embodied and immersed in relational power fluxes. Men and work, education, family, class, ethnicity and sexuality; "New masculinities" and discursive practices and Men in (and) movements are some of the topics that will be interrogated in this panel.

Long abstract:

Masculinity studies emerged in the 70s but have become more generalized in the last 20 years, after Connell's famous Masculinities and her theorization of hegemonic masculinity. However, they are still scarce within gender studies, which have mainly sought to address women's absence from the canon and to uncover power relations in gender relations. In order to understand gender relations, it is necessary to consider masculinity studies and interrogate men's practices, experiences, discourses, utopias and realities. Ethnographic studies of men and masculinities are relevant for understanding masculinities as plural, culturally located, embodied and immersed in relational power fluxes. They can shed light on the ways in which men's daily practices are shifting, on how traditions and images of masculinity circulate and are re-invented, and also (if) how new futurities of masculinities are imagined. This panel interrogates current masculinities considered as sets of historically and geo-politically located discourses which cannot be disentangled from other social practices and from their embodied materializations and corporeal performances. Some questions to be discussed are: • Men on the "making": work, time, media, education, family, health • Masculinities and class, ethnicity and/or sexuality • Embodiment, care and bodily images • "New masculinities" and discursive practices • Intersectional encounters: migration, identities, global re-negotiations • Men in (and) movements: progressive masculinities, egalitarian men, conservative anti-feminist ideologies • Re-invented traditions and masculine heritages: men and emotions • Men's practices and new trends in masculinity studies • Relational genders: theoretical and methodological implications of a relational approach to masculinities • Men and/ or power