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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Men, Masculinities, and Religions Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a forum within which the phenomenon of masculine gender – as identity, practice, discourse and structure – is examined, building on scholarship in masculinity, gender, and queer studies, and using the range of methodologies found in the broad field of religious studies. This Unit engages in the critical study of men and the performance of masculinities in culturally and religiously specific settings and traditions.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the following topics:

• We seek proposals that explore the intersection between religions and practices, rituals, and ideas/representations of healthy bodies with regard to gender, sexuality, masculinity, and femininity. Specifically considering the connection or disconnection between bodily practice and religious practice (for e.g. but not limited to yoga, prayer, sex, pilgrimage, sports, grooming, magical rites, sartorial choices etc.)

• We seek proposals that examine Sarah Imhoff’s Masculinity and The Making of American Judaism (Indiana University Press, 2017) for a panel discussion and critique. We are especially interested in responses from diverse traditions and worldviews.

• Gender, Religion, and Violence
We seek papers that address topics such as genocidal violence and the construction of masculinities, rape, and sexual violence as tools in conflicts and genocide, religiously inflected and symbolic sexual violence, and the targeting and persecution of gender and sexual minorities. Co-sponsorship with the Comparative Approaches to Religion Unit, the Religion, Holocaust, and Genocide Unit, the Women and Religion Unit, and the Men, Masculinities and Religion Unit.

• Premodern Masculinities
This session aims to explore the performance of masculinities or the construction/representation of normative and subaltern masculinities in premodern Europe and the Mediterranean. Participants will examine the diversity of masculinities within Jewish, Christian, and Islamic communities and the varied ways that gender and masculinity intersect with religious, ethnic, and cultural identities. We seek scholars of premodern gender and masculinity to propose papers on the performance of masculinities or the construction/representation of normative and subaltern masculinities in premodern Europe and the Mediterranean. We welcome individual or preformed panel proposals that explore the diversity of masculinities within Jewish, Christian, and Islamic communities and the varied ways that gender and masculinity intersect with religious, ethnic, and cultural identities. For a co-sponsored panel with the Men, Masculinities, and Religion Unit and the Religion in Premodern Europe and the Mediterranean Unit. (Preformed panels should include 2-3 papers and a respondent for a 90-minute session; we welcome panel proposals without a designated respondent and will assign a respondent if the proposal is accepted.)

Method: 
PAPERS
E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
The proposals are sent out by the chairs to all the members of the committee to review. A system of voting is implemented which takes into consideration both the numerical value assigned to each paper proposal, as well as the comments of each member. Following a preliminary selection, further discussions may be taken to ensure the ideal diversity in terms of topics addressed and speaker profiles.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee