Gendered ways of dwelling: masculinities, bodies and affects in neoliberal times
Begonya Enguix (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC)
Krizia Nardini (Open University of Catalonia)
Paco Abril (Universidad de Girona/ Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Gender and sexuality
VG 4.107
Start time:
27 March, 2017 at 8:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel interrogates our gendered ways of dwelling and how masculinities make sense of the world with a focus on bodies and affects. Possible topics: Men and embodiment (crafting oneself/ trans-forming bodies), dwelling and gendering the digital, creative ways of inhabiting the neoliberal times.

Long abstract:

With a focus on corporeality and masculinities, this panel emerges from our involvements in SIEF Working Group on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions (BASE), in Mediaccions@DigitalCulture (GenderMob) and in activism for gender justice. The panel centers on the neoliberal context which produces biopolitical and digitally-informed and precarious statuses (from economics to ontology) and their entanglement with embodied- affective masculinities. This panel interrogates gendered ways of dwelling through the analysis of how masculinities make sense of our world with a focus on bodies and affects.

We are interested in creating a dialogue on men and masculinities and the effects/affects of neoliberal material and discursive conditions: we are talking about the current interplay between economic changes, commodified self and collective imaginaries on/offline, violences, urgent issues related to migration and displacement, shifts in generational priorities, fears and gendered performances. In this context, how are men and masculinities dwelling with themselves as corporeal beings? Which different ways of existence can we encounter -contradictory, dis/empowered, changing, losing or regaining status? Which practices/imaginaries related to masculine embodiment are dismissed or crafted to deal with our situated-selves in our times? More topics and questions to be discussed are:

• Men on the "making": place, work, time, media, education, family, health

• Masculinities, crafting oneself/trans-forming bodies intersectionally

• Dwelling and gendering the digital: on/offline experiences

• Creative ways of inhabiting the neoliberal times

• Emotions, movements, politics

• Challenging generations, changing issues, boyhood, aging masculinities

• Sexuality, affect, eroticism, romance, vulnerability

• "Old" and "new" affective masculine imaginaries