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Men, Masculinities, and Religions Unit

Call for Proposals

  1. Trans* and Female Masculinities:
    This joint session of the Men, Masculinities and Religion Unit, the Gay Men and Religion Unit, and the Queer Studies in Religion Unit interrogates the relationship of trans* studies and religious studies. We invite contributions with different theoretical, empirical, discourse-analytical, and historical approaches; that decenter Christianity and/or Global North-based expressions of trans* and religion; and engage or respond to recent issues in the Transgender Studies Quarterly (2019) and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (2018).
    Possible paper topics might include:
    • transpessimism
    • transphobia in religious traditions and politics
    • disability and crip theory
    • ritual, materiality, and aesthetics of trans* and female masculinities
    • trans* theologies and the divine
    • "transing religious studies"--futures and provocations for the field

  2. Roundtable Panel on Toxic Masculinity and Religion
    The Men, Masculinities, and Religion Unit is seeking papers for a roundtable-style panel on the theme of toxic masculinity and religion. We are particularly interested in religious and secular identities and how they shape the enactment, embodiment, and contours of toxic masculinities both in the U.S. and globally. We seek to understand the relationship between toxic masculinity and hegemonic masculinity, and the various modes and spheres in which toxic religious masculinities are manifested and performed cross-culturally. We invite proposals for short 8-10 minute papers/provocations on the following topics:
    • theorizing toxicity and toxic religious masculinities
    • toxic masculinity in the popular imagination and public sphere
    • hypermasculinity
    • masculinities and politics
    • masculinity, atheism, and non-belief
    • masculinities online/on social media
    • toxic masculinity and hegemonic masculinity
    • masculinities and social movements
    • white supremacy and toxic masculinity

  3. Catholic Men and Masculinities –
    A joint session of the Roman Catholic Studies Unit and the Men, Masculinities, and Religion Unit invite historical and ethnographic papers that explore gender, masculinities, and the making of men in Catholic spaces. We seek papers that think explicitly about the processes of Catholic formation, power, materiality, and gender together to examine the lives of clerics, priests, seminarians, and lay men. We especially invite papers that explore transnational and global Catholic masculinities and papers on the following topics:
    • sexual abuse, masculinity, and power
    • clerical masculinities and the lives of priests
    • masculinities in/and seminarians
    • the materiality of Catholic masculinities (vestments, costumes, objects, rituals, devotions)
    • lives of lay men (religious organizations, ritual, parish life, masculinities, and the family)
    • the practice of gay, queer, trans, non-binary Catholics.

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.


Steering Committee Members


E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)

Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members

Review Process 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.