american men's studies Association

advancing the critical study of men and masculinities  

2022 Interdisciplinary Conference on Men and masculinities

HOSTED BY

University of Washington Tacoma

june 14-16

Now Accepting Proposals

Submit your proposal by February 15th, 2022

Contact us at conferenceamsa@gmail.com with any questions


Please note that at this time we are planning to hold the 2022 AMSA Conference in person at the University of Washington Tacoma. We will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and adjust our plans accordingly. The final conference format decision will be made and announced by March 1st, 2022.



Land Recognition and Call to Action

The University of Washington Tacoma recognizes that all of us at UW Tacoma learn, live, and work on or near the ancestral homeland of the Coast Salish people. In particular, our campus is situated on the current and traditional land of the Puyallup. And we also want to acknowledge the lands of the Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Suquamish, Duwamish, and all other traditional lands we may reside on. As people on these occupied territories, we acknowledge the land, the ancestors who have cared for this land since time immemorial, and all of our Native and Indigenous connections today. We also acknowledge the histories of dispossession and forced removal that have allowed for the growth and survival of this nation and institution. In light of this history, we have a responsibility to take active efforts to partner with our Native and Indigenous community members and neighbors to seek justice as we continue our work together as a community of learners, leaders, and educators. (https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/equity)

Conference Theme

Attending to Our Commitments

Masculinities' Intersections with Theory & Practice

Building on the innovative presentations and lectures given at the 2021 virtual conference, the 2022 conference theme calls for a continuation of grappling with the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of our work. The conference theme invites reflection and critique of the theories developed and applied within critical studies of men and masculinities - whether that be in scholarship, practice, or the classroom. It emphasizes the desire and need to attend to our commitments, to think about them seriously, and to develop the field in concert with our allied disciplines, theories, and methods. We encourage proposals that think outside of disciplinary boundaries and build dialog between and among various fields and theories.

Sam Femiano Lectures in Men's Studies


Dr. Sam McKegney is a settler scholar of Indigenous literatures and Professor and Head of the English Department at Queen’s University in the territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Peoples. He has published three books—Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimagining Indigenous Masculinities through Story (University of Regina Press, 2021), Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (University of Manitoba Press 2014), and Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School (University of Manitoba Press 2007)—and articles on such topics as masculinity, environmental kinship, prison writing, and mythologies of hockey. He is a researcher with the Indigenous Hockey Research Network.


Dr. Marlon B. Ross is professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 2001, and previously professor of English and African American & African Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Sissy Insurgencies: A Racial Anatomy of Unfit Manliness (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2022), Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era (New York University Press, 2004), and The Contours of Masculine Desire: Romanticism and the Rise of Women's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 1989), as well as a variety of articles and essays on queer and gender theory, masculinity studies, literary historiography, 20th-century African American literature and culture, and 18th and 19th-century British literature. He is currently completing a book entitled The Color of Manhood: Black Masculine Imaginaries across the Civil Rights Era, as well as a co-edited volume with K. Ian Grandison entitled Race, Space, and Culture: Essays on Cultural Theory and the Built Environment. He has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lilly Endowment Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship, a Faculty Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring, and Excellence in Education and Excellence in Research Awards from the University of Michigan.

Call for Proposals

Building off of the innovative presentations and lectures given at the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) virtual conference in June 2021, this year’s conference seeks to push forward the field of Critical Studies of Men & Masculinities further. Last year the theme – ‘Masculinities in Transition’ – addressed critical gaps in the field related to change broadly considered, as well as specifically the role of transgender individuals and Trans* Studies and their contribution to the field. This year’s conference seeks to continue this work by calling us to grapple with the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of our work.

The conference theme invites reflection and critique of the theories developed and applied within critical studies of men and masculinities - whether that be in scholarship, practice, or the classroom. We seek to ask some of the following questions:

  • Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities often speaks of being “pro-feminist” or “feminist,” what does it mean to declare these politics? 
  • How does contemporary and current feminist work influence the study of men and masculinities? 
  • How does the work of intersectionality and decolonization change, enhance, or challenge theories of masculinity? 
  • How does the field respond to challenges to particular theoretical frameworks, for instance, critical race theory? 
  • What might it mean to admit that we have not always achieved or succeeded in our political, philosophical, and activist commitments? 
  • How might the “feminist killjoy” respond to the field’s declaration that it is “feminist”? 

At the heart of this discussion, then, is a desire and a need to attend to our commitments, to think about them seriously, and to develop the field in concert with our allied disciplines, theories, and methods.

We encourage participants to think outside of disciplinary boundaries and to build dialogue between and among various fields and theories. This includes Affect Theory, Decolonial Theory, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Biopolitics, Crip Theory, Indigenous Studies Theory, Ecocriticism, Post-colonial Theory, and new theories of power.

Seeking to encourage interdisciplinarity, the conference does not relegate ‘theory’ to some othered position, but sees it as part of each and every interaction and discipline. Theory is not merely intellectual, but can be embodied and becomes a part of who we are. As such, we encourage all to come with their examination, elaboration, and unpacking of the theories prevalent in their fields.

We also encourage submissions that address the connections among theory, methodology, and practice. These crossovers will contribute richly to knowledge on the topic and our understanding of masculinities, and provide for unique and interesting dialogue amongst participants. This conference, then, hopes to build productively on a variety of theoretical paradigms and to push the field of critical study of men and masculinities forward. We invite papers that both accept and challenge established theoretical paradigms in the spirit of discussion and collegiality.

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

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AMSA accepts the following types of proposals:

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

  • Abstract of 250-300 words

  • 3-5 keywords

  • 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 each

  • 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)


AMSA welcomes productive and engaging 3-hour OR 90-minute workshops that complement the conference theme or the broader themes of AMSA. In particular, we will give priority to workshops that focus on the following:

  • 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


submit your proposal today by clicking here

Proposals Due by February 15th, 2022


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