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

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.

Keynote Speaker

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.

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.

Call for Proposals

While AMSA welcomes proposals that address “transitions” in any relationship to men and masculinities, we especially encourage proposals that address the following themes:

  • Transitions in men’s lives - including, but not limited to, transitions in health, economics, politics, migration/citizenship status, and aging; 

  • Transitions in discourse around men and/or masculinities;

  • Trans and queer men and masculinities; 

  • Efforts to encourage various forms of transition - including, but not limited to, social and political movements, non-profit and NGO programming, education, and therapeutic or medical efforts.

Acknowledging and honoring all of the hard work that the 2020 conference organizers and planned presenters put into preparing for our postponed conference, all those who were accepted to present at the 2020 conference are invited to present their work at the 2021 conference without the need to resubmit their proposals.

CLICK HERE to fill out a short form indicating that you would like to present your previously accepted presentation at the 2021 conference.

AMSA is also inviting new proposals focused on men and masculinities and:

  • Racialized (State) Violence
  • (Dismantling) Anti-Black Racism
  • COVID-19 

As always, we also invite submissions that fit the broader remit of AMSA from all disciplines and traditions across the globe



Proposal Types

Individual Paper, Poster, and Artwork proposals must include:
  • Title

  • Abstract of 250-300 words

  • Presenter information

      • Name

      • Contact information

      • Brief biography (50 words max)

Full Thematic Panel proposals must include:
  • One chair and three additional presenters organized around a common theme
  • Panel Title

  • Panel Abstract of 250-300 words

  • Individual Paper Abstracts of 150-words 

  • Presenter information for the panel Chair and presenters

      • Names

      • Contact information

      • Brief biographies (50 words max)

Workshop proposals must include:
  • Workshop Title

  • Workshop Abstract of 250-300 words

  • 2-3 learning outcomes/take-aways

  • Brief outline of workshop structure, including how you plan to actively engage participants

  • Facilitator information (workshops can include up to three co-facilitators)

      • Name(s)

      • Contact information

      • Brief biography(ies) (50 words max)

As in previous years, we welcome productive and engaging 3-hour OR 90-minute workshops that complement the conference theme "Masculinities in Transition" or the broader themes of AMSA. In particular, we will give priority to workshops that focus on the following:

  • Engaging men as anti-racists

  • Professional development and mentoring for students and early-career scholars, teachers, and practitioners within and outside of academia

  • Working with communities, and community-industry partnerships

  • Professional networking and collaboration

  • Working with media and public scholarship 

Have questions?

Email the 2021 AMSA Conference Committee at

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