AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
The Men, Masculinities, and Religions Unit invites proposals for a session on the theme, “Men, Masculinities and Religions: Non-Christian, Non-White Explorations.” We especially encourage proposals exploring the religious and gendered identities of non-White and non-Christian men whose masculinity has largely been ignored by scholars of gender and religion; constructions and representations of non-Christian and non-White masculinities in all their diversity (e.g., non-binary, Trans, and heterosexual perspectives); the vulnerability of non-White and non-Christian men to discrimination and oppression, or to exclusion from the dominant scholarly conversations about religion and gender; and proposals featuring innovative pedagogical strategies and methods for studying and teaching about non-Christian and non-White masculinities, for example, by identifying the different sources, texts, media, archives, and ethnographic engagements that should be deployed in these endeavors. We welcome proposals for individual presentations and panel presentations.
This year a joint-sponsored session with the Men, Masculinities, and Religions (MMR), the Islam, Gender and Women (IGW) and Religion in Europe (RiE) Units will examine: Islamophobia, the body, and gendered/racialized policies of the state from a transnational perspective (including, but not limited to, European perspectives).
As opposed to a traditional paper/panel setup, the session will be formed around a set of very short (6-7 minute) initial provocations/remarks that will serve as the foundation for subsequent discussion by session attendees seated at small discussion tables. Therefore, for this joint-sponsored session, IGW, MMR, and RiE are not accepting proposals for standard full-length conference papers or for prearranged paper panels. Rather, we solicit proposals for short remarks that will serve as the basis for small group discussions. Possible topics for proposals include: state surveillance of Muslim communities; state policies in relation to gender binarization; gendered/sexualized practices of detention or torture; the production and circulation of images/representations of Muslim men as terrorists; headscarf/hijab/burkini controversies and legislation; gendered/sexualized hate crimes in the broader public; the mainstreaming of alt-right and white nationalist political movements and discourses; Muslim vulnerability or acquiescence to, negotiations with, and/or resistance to such discourses and practices; methodologies within the study of Islam, gender/race, the body, and the state; and methodologies for studying the intersections between Islamophobia, gender, femininity, and masculinity. Since this session is co-sponsored by the Religion in Europe Unit, proposals addressing European contexts are encouraged.