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Men, Masculinities, and Religions Unit

Call for Proposals

Bodies, Materiality, & Religion:

The Men, Masculinities & Religion Unit calls for papers that explore religion, masculinities, and bodies through the lenses of materiality, and embodiment: flesh, skin, fluids, bone, food and nourishment, clothing, adornment, relics, tattoos, and organs. We seek papers that think about sensation, touch, affect, and the relationship between bodies and objects.

We are especially interested in a pre-arranged book panel or roundtable on new books in men and masculinities studies/gender studies that think about embodiment and materiality, including Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada’s Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Devotion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2020), Michael Muhammad’s Knight’s, Muhammad’s Body: Baraka Networks and the Prophetic Assemblage (UNC Press, 2020), and other new books in the field for panel discussion and critique. We seek proposals that: highlight these and other recently published books, explore their theoretical and methodological interventions, and offer ways to engage pedagogically with them and incorporate them into the classroom.We especially invite proposals that think creatively or in novel ways about the book panel format and that draw from diverse subfields, traditions, and global perspectives.

Rethinking Theory, Reimagining Masculinities:

The Men, Masculinities & Religion Unit seeks papers that revisit, rethink, revise, and reimagine the theoretical toolkit and frameworks of men and masculinities studies. Papers can consider how ethnographic, historical, or other methodologies and sources challenge, complicate, or complement existing theories like R.W. Connell’s hegemonic masculinity, feminist masculinities, theories of homosociality, etc. We seek papers that consider the role religion and race, nation, sexuality, and class play in the construction, the renegotiation, or the challenging of hegemonic masculinities. We are especially interested in responses from diverse traditions and geographic locations.

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.