Guys & Masculinities under Socialism: A Social and Cultural History

Guys & Masculinities under Socialism: A Social and Cultural History

For all years now, scholars have taken an interest in analyzing the socialist try to transform old-fashioned sex arrangements and revolutionize the household. In contrasting the perfect of women’s emancipation with everyday experience under socialism, research reports have demonstrated the restrictions of the socialist “solution” to “the woman question.” However, current debates in regards to the really notion, meaning, and existence of feminism(s) under socialist rule reveal the ongoing relevance for the subject. Central and Eastern European gender history is a powerful industry and present efforts consist of overcoming the ongoing Cold War stereotypes and paradigms and composing a nonlinear reputation for socialist feminism.

Another current challenge is to take into account critical men’s studies and also the history of masculinities, and also to make these approaches fruitful for Eastern European gender studies as well as the sex reputation for socialism. The knowledge of masculinities—like femininities—as a social and cultural construct that necessarily underlies historical change, as well as the performative and multifaceted take on male domination (over females and over other guys), provide important avenues to create a really relational, interactive, and dynamic sex history. Applying critical men’s studies and also the reputation for masculinities into the reputation for state-socialist Eastern Europe opens brand new possibilities for further research. What impact did the creating of “new” women—better educated, economically independent, and enjoying more legal rights—have regarding the constructions of masculinity and fatherhood in state-socialist communities? How did guys respond to gender that is socialist? Just What did socialism mean for men, and what did masculinity mean for socialists?

Presently many studies of masculinity in this area give attention to artistic representations of masculinities or post-socialist transformations, while many scholars have actually analyzed homosexualities that are socialist. Geographically, nearly all scientific studies are done in Soviet and history that is russian.

This workshop aims, consequently, to stimulate new paths for composing the histories of masculinities under socialism, concentrating specially on examining the meanings of masculinities in every day life. The army, religion, health and medicine, sport and voluntary associations, and sexualities and homosexualities in particular, it seeks to address work and the workplace, family and fatherhood, (domestic) violence. Its smart specific awareness of the methodological challenges of composing a brief history of masculinities and promises to play a role in the theoretical and methodological debates on the go by proposing initial methods to explore dilemmas of sex and masculinity in past times. Consequently, it encourages research centered on unexplored or sources that are newly accessible such as for instance company, military, and church archives; court public records; the archives of various associations; individual narratives; and so forth. The general objective for the workshop would be to participate in the ongoing debates in regards to the gender history of socialism, to strengthen the real history of masculinities in state-socialist Central and Eastern Europe, and also to hence come into a discussion that is interdisciplinary historians, sociologists, anthropologists, demographers, and scholars from neighboring areas of research.

Papers emerging through the workshop is going to be considered for book in a themed dilemma of the journal Aspasia: The Overseas Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and southeastern women’s that are european Gender History. Therefore, the workshop shall be arranged all over conversation of pre-circulated article drafts. Scholars submitting a proposition when it comes to workshop should agree to delivering their article drafts by 15 March 2020, should their proposal be accepted. Workshop participants may be likely to read all the documents in advance. Participation when you look at the workshop will not immediately guarantee that the articles may be posted. Finalversions should be approved during Aspasia’sinternal process that is peer-review.

We invite those enthusiastic about taking part in the workshop to submit abstracts of only 800 terms, along side a brief CV that is academicno further than one web page) to Peter Hallama: by 30 September 2019. Abstracts must add bibliographic information (main sources) plus the author’s methodological approach. The proposals may be reviewed by a global committee that is academic. The workshop will be conducted in English. We particularly encourage advanced doctoral students and junior scholars from an array of procedures using a perspective that is historical apply (history, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, demography, etc.). Conference participants will get accommodation and a stipend to protect travel expenses.

Confirmed Keynote review Speakers:

Jьrgen Martschukat (Professor of North American History, University of Erfurt, Germany)

Erica L. Fraser (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Carleton University, Canada)

Krassimira Daskalova (Aspasia / St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia), Erica L. Fraser (Carleton University), Fabio Giomi (CNRS, Paris), Pavel Kolбr (University of Konstanz), Maike Lehmann (University of Cologne), Thomas Lindenberger (TU Dresden), Marianna Muravyeva (Aspasia / University of Helsinki), Julia Richers (University of Bern), Rйgis Schlagdenhauffen (EHESS, Paris), Brigitte Studer (University of Bern)

30 2019: deadline for proposals september

Late October 2019: notification of acceptance and invitation to the office from the articles

15 March 2020: deadline for draft articles

14–15 May 2020: workshop in the University of Bern, Switzerland

2020: deadline for revised articles to be submitted to Aspasia july

With regards to the volume and quality of texts, they’ll be posted as one or two themed s that are section( in Aspasia’svol. 15 (2021) and vol. 16 (2022)