american men's studies Association

advancing the critical study of men and masculinities  

2021 (VIRTUAL) Interdisciplinary Conference on Men and masculinities


University of Washington Tacoma

june 17-20

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Land Recognition

The University of Washington Tacoma recognizes that we learn, teach, and live on or near the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people. UW Tacoma is specifically situated on the traditional territory of the Puyallup. We have a responsibility to acknowledge our indigenous connections, as well as, histories of dispossession and forced removal that have allowed for the growth and survival of this institution.

Conference Theme

Masculinities in Transition

In the context of scholarship on men and masculinities, “transition” can mean many things. We may ask how critical studies of men and masculinities are changing, how discourse around men and masculinities are changing, how men’s lives are changing, or even how AMSA itself is changing – to name only a few of the directions that “transition” may take us in. “Transition” also carries specific connotations in relationship to transgender people, Trans Studies, and Queer Studies. In hosting this meeting, we invite and embrace all of these various meanings.

Schedule at a Glance

(all times in USA PDT; UTC -7)

DAY 1 - Thursday June 17th


90-minute Workshops


90-minute Workshops


3-hour Workshop


90-minute Workshops


Members Meeting


Conference Opening and Awards Ceremony


Keynote Address

DAY 2 - Friday June 18th


Concurrent Session I  


Concurrent Session II


Scholar-in-Residence Mentoring Session


Posters and Poetry


Scholar-in-Residence Address 


Concurrent Session III

DAY 3 - Saturday June 18th


Concurrent Session IV


Concurrent Session V


Concurrent Session VI


Conference Closing

Sam Femiano Lecture in Men's Studies

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Miriam J. Abelson is Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University. Her research focuses on masculinities, transgender studies, LGBT youth, rural and urban studies, and intersectional approaches to race, sexuality, and gender. She has published on topics including, masculinities and violence, trans feminism, and intersectionality and gendered fear. Her book, Men in Place: Trans Masculinity, Race, and Sexuality in America (2019), demonstrates through a large and geographically diverse interview study with transgender men that contemporary U.S. masculinity is deeply embedded in the spaces and places men move in their everyday lives and is inseparable from race and sexuality.


Dr. Chezare A. Warren is a scholar of race and intersectional justice with particular interests in understanding the conditions that facilitate Black boys’ education success. He has about a decade of professional experience as an urban educator, and is recipient of numerous national recognitions for his scholarship including the 2018 American Educational Research Association “Teaching and Teacher Education” Early Career Award. He was selected as a 2019-2020 National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine/Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow, and has held visiting faculty appointments at Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. Author of more than 35 articles, reports, and chapters, his first book Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving from Chicago’s South Side to Success in Higher Education (Harvard Education Press, 2017) inaugurated the press’ “Race and Education” series. In 2021, Dr. Warren begins his appointment as Associate Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Education Policy at Peabody College Vanderbilt University. 

2021 Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarship Award Recipients

Rod Martinez is a doctoral student in Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Presentation: "Men, Masculinity, and Radical Love in the American Carceral State"

Kelly M. O'Donnell is a 3rd year PhD student in Communication Studies and Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh.

Presentation: "Incels, Darkcels, and Intervention"

Vic Overdorf is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

Presentation: "(Un)masculinities Incarcerated: Gay Male Prisoners at Alcatraz Federal Penientiary"

Duru Basak Ugurlu is a graduate student in Cultural Studies and Media at Hacettepe University.

Presentation: "Even I Do Not Go There, How Do You Dare?: Hindrances of Being a Woman Researcher and Researching Masculinities during Times of Pandemic-hit"

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