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american men's studies Association

advancing the critical study of men and masculinities  

2023 Interdisciplinary Conference on Men and masculinities

HOSTED BY

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY Montreal

Department of Sociology & anthropology

june 14-16

Now Accepting Proposals


Submit Your Proposal by Clicking Here

Contact us at conferenceamsa@gmail.com with any questions


Territorial Acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Conference Theme

Togetherness

The past few years have been difficult in untold and untellable ways. As part of this, it has meant that AMSA has not been able to be in-person with all of us in the room together. To seek to recenter ourselves on our mission and ethos, this year’s conference is focused on coming back together in person with each other. AMSA’s conference have always focused on community and an ethos of collective-engagement and togetherness, and this year our core focus will be on renewing this spirit that these conferences have always had.

Sam Femiano Lecture in Men's Studies

Catherine M. Roach has 25 years of grant-funded research experience on gender, sexuality, and American popular culture. A two-time Fulbright awardee with a PhD from Harvard and publications in both fiction and nonfiction, she's been an invited visiting professor in Canada, Australia, and Europe.  She is Professor of New College, an innovative liberal arts program at the University of Alabama, where she's won the school's top research and teaching awards and where she offers a popular cross-university course titled "Sexuality & Society."  Originally from Ottawa, Canada, she is based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.



The United States may have a puritanical past, but the 21st century is wide open to diverse genderexpression and romance.

Good Sex is the manifesto—or Manisexto, if you will—for this cultural revolution. Same-sex marriage is legal, the #MeToo movement has exploded, colleges nationwide now teach consent-based sexual health, the media celebrates body positivity, and transgender visibility has become mainstream. Defining "good sex" as both ethical and pleasurable, Catherine M. Roach features such topics as equity, intersectionality, and shared pleasure while offering a lively discussion that is inclusively feminist, queer-friendly, and sex-positive without being divisive.

An accessible guidebook, Good Sex provides hope that America's sexual, gender, and racial injustices can be addressed together. After all, this new gender and sexual revolution strengthens the pursuit of happiness and love. Welcome to the revolution!

Call for Proposals

Deadline is 15 March 2023

Submit Your Proposal by Clicking Here


The past few years have been difficult in untold and untellable ways. As part of this, it has meant that AMSA has not been able to be in-person with all of us in the room together. To seek to recenter ourselves on our mission and ethos, this year’s conference is focused on coming back together in person with each other. AMSA’s conference have always focused on community and an ethos of collective-engagement and togetherness, and this year our core focus will be on renewing this spirit that these conferences have always had. 

While this is not a theme in the traditional sense, we see this as an invitation to think through togetherness and communion - particularly in light of traditionalist masculinity’s position of individualism and the “self made man” myth. As such, this year’s conference invites us to consider our past while also pinning our hopes on better futures, futures marked by a commitment to equity and inclusion, to diversity and multiculturalism, to togetherness. 

We live in deeply divided times, times that are marked by both a hope and a fear. We live in what we hope is the beginning of the next side of the pandemic (towards an endemic), a pandemic that further revealed to us how embedded systemic racism & classism is within our culture; but also the desire for community after months of isolation. Today we are challenged to think and rethink how we engage with, relate to, harm, heal, co-exist, and love one another. It is for this reason that we are choosing to focus on togetherness writ large.

Presenters are thus invited to ask big questions, to propose innovative methods, and to expand the scope of analysis so as to enable us to collectively learn, grow, and engage. 

While there is no directed theme, the Conference Committee is particularly interested in papers that attend to the elements of the following themes
  • Relationality & Collectivity
  • The Future, Futurism, and Speculative Fiction (or No Future)
  • Affect and Emotions
  • Community Building and Social Justice
  • Decolonialism, Indigeneity, and Masculinities
  • Queer, Trans, and Feminist Approaches
  • Global Approaches, North/South, East/West
  • Body Politics and Bodily Autonomy
  • Radicalism and Healing
  • Spirituality, Religion, and the Sacred
  • Violence, War, and Peace
  • Sexuality and Consent, Heterosexuality and MeToo
  • Anti-Social Thesis during/after the Pandemic
  • Reproductive Futurism
  • Apocalypse and Utopia
  • Tyranny, Politics, and Power
  • Crip Theory and Disability Studies
While the American Men’s Studies Association is particularly interested in the above, presentations are welcome on any topic that develops the critical studies of men and masculinities globally through the advancement of feminist-informed scholarship.

AMSA accepts the following types of proposals

Individual Presentation proposals must include:

  • Title

  • Abstract of 250-300 words

  • 3-5 keywords

  • Presenter information

    • Name

    • Contact information

    • Brief biography (50 words max)

  • Co-Author(s) or Co-Presenter(s) Name(s)

Full Thematic Panel proposals must include:
  • One chair and 3-4 presenters organized around a common theme

  • Panel Title

  • Panel Abstract of 250-300 words

  • Individual Presentation Titles

  • Individual Presentation 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


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