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Community Resilience at the AMSA 2019 Conference

In wake of the atrocities committed in the early hours of June 12th 2019, the community of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada came together to not only build the beautiful tipis lining the front lawns of Brandon University, but also engage in significant land-based learning with Community Elders Frank Tacan and Jason Gobeil from the Brandon Friendship Centre.

While originally an exercise designed as part of the AMSA 2019 conference focusing on decolonizing men and masculinities studies, everyone was welcome to take part in the construction of the tipis, and to learn about the symbolism of each step of that process and its significance for First Nations communities in Canada.

AMSA is humbled and honored to be a part of this process, and to learn valuable lessons about resilience, hope, and forgiveness from the Community Elders.

To view the building of these tipis, please click here to a video link posted by Jason Gobeil.

AMSA Awards Four Graduate Students 2018 Loren Frankel Scholarships

The American Men’s Studies Association at the 2018 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota awarded Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarships to four graduate students doing research in men’s studies and presenting papers at AMSA’s 26th Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities.

Pictured left to right, the awards went to:

Juan Carlos Mezo González, a doctoral student in History at the University of Toronto, who presented the paper: “Queer Machos: Masculinity, Race, and Class in the 1980s Mexican Gay Press” MezoGonález holds an M.A. in History and Sexual Diversity Studies from the same university, and a B.A. in History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. His Ph.D. dissertation examines the visual culture of gay liberation periodicals in North America, tracing the relationship between sexual imagery, gay activism, identity-formation, and the making of gay communities.

Alyssa Newman, a doctoral candidate in Sociology with an emphasis in Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who presented the paper: “Desiring the Standard Light Skin: Black Multiracial Boys, Masculinity, and Exotification.” Newman also received her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from UC, Santa Parbara. In fall 2018 she will begin an appointment as the Hixon-Riggs Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at Harvey Mudd College. Her research interests center around multiraciality and the production of racial meaning through collective identity formation, biology and genetics, as well as gender, family relationships, and reproduction.

Brandon Alston, a doctoral student in Sociology at Northwestern University, who presented the paper: “Discreet Wisdom: The Construction of Black Women’s Sexual Health Risk as a Rationale to Sexually Surveil Black Men to Detect Down Low Men.” Alston earned a BA in Sociology and Religion from Haverford College and a MA in Management from Wake Forest University. His research examines the ways in which race, class, gender and sexuality anchor surveillance practices that promote social inequalities for marginalized men.

Noah Barth, an M.A. student in Heritage Studies and Public History at the University of Minnesota who presented the paper: “Heritage of the Harness: Tracking Masculinity, Sexual Expression, and Commodification Through Fetish Adornment.” Barth earned his B.A. in American Studies at DePaul University. His public history work emphasizes queer male sexualities and communities through an interdisciplinary lens.

Visit the Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarship page for more information about past winners

conference programs

AMSA I. Stony Point, NY, April 2-4, 1993
AMSA II. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, March 25-27, 1994
AMSA III. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, March 24-26, 1995
AMSA IV. Howard University, Washington, DC, March 22-24, 1996
AMSA V. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, March 21-23, 1997
AMSA VI. Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, March 20-22, 1998
AMSA VII. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, March 12-14, 1999
AMSA VIII. Buffalo, New York, March 12-14, 2000
AMSA IX. Holiday Inn Mountain View, Albuquerque, NM, March 23-25, 2001
AMSA X. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, April 11-13, 2002
AMSA XI. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, April 11-13, 2003
AMSA XII. Aurora University, Aurora, IL, April 2-4, 2004
AMSA XIII. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, April 1-3, 2005
AMSA XIV. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, April 7-9, 2006
AMSA XV. University of Missouri – Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, March 30-April 1, 2007
AMSA XVI. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, April 4-6, 2008
AMSA XVII. Concordia and McGill Universities, Montréal, OC, Canada, April 3-5, 2009
AMSA XVIII. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, March 25-28, 2010
AMSA XIX. University of Missouri – Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, March 31-April 3, 2011
AMSA XX. University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, March 29-April 1, 2012
AMSA XXI. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, April 4-7, 2013
AMSA XXII. University of Washington – Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, March 27-30, 2014
AMSA XXIII. Center for the Study of Men & Masculinities – Stony Brook, in New York City, March 5-8, 2015
AMSA XXIV. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 31 – April 3, 2016
AMSA XXV. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 30 – April 2, 2017
AMSA XXVI. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, March 22-25, 2018
AMSA XXVII. Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, June 12-14, 2019
AMSA XXVIII. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, 2020


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