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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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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: 

● Religion and Masculinity in the Latina/o Americas -
This joint session of the Men, Masculinities & Religion Unit and the Religion in Latina/o Americas Unit aims to explore the co-construction and performance of masculinities and religious identities in the Latina/o Americas from historical, sociological, or ethnographic perspectives. Masculinity is historically and locally contingent. Masculinities are assemblages of discourses, bodily practices, values, and rituals that are performed in social action and institutional settings. We seek papers that consider the role of practice, ritual, devotion, embodiment, and material/visual cultures in the construction of gender identities, ideals of manhood, religious authority, and the shaping of gendered religious practice.

Papers on the following topics are welcome:
○ Masculinities in Colonial Latin America
○ Pentecostal Masculinities
○ Rethinking Machismo
○ Catholic Masculinities
○ Masculinity & Religion in the Public Sphere
○ Masculinity & Religious Authority
○ Lay and Clerical Masculinities
○ Devotionalism and Masculinity
○ Masculinity and Secularism in Latin America
○ Masculinity & National Identity
○ Queer Masculinity

● Religion and Masculinities in Popular Culture -
The Men, Masculinities & Religion Unit and the Religion & Popular Culture Unit are seeking papers for a joint panel on “Religion and Masculinities in Popular Culture.” The session seeks to explore how religious and gendered identities and practices are represented in and shaped by popular culture in a variety of religious traditions and national contexts. We welcome papers that analyze film, music, television, comedy, YouTube, and other digital and social media to explore themes such as:

○ Popular culture as a forum for men to define, defend, perform, or subvert their religious and/or masculine identities
○ Reflections of religious and secular masculinities in popular culture
○ Depictions of religious masculinity, sexuality, and gender relations in popular culture
○ Responses to the images of masculine religiosities/religious masculinities portrayed in popular culture

● Pre-Arranged Book Panel -
We seek proposals that examine Harshita Mruthinti Kamath’s Impersonations: The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance (University of California Press, 2019) for a panel discussion and critique. We are especially interested in responses from diverse traditions and global perspectives.

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