W072
Masculinities in times of uncertainty and change

Convenors:
Valerio Simoni (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
Adriana Piscitelli (State University of Campinas/UNICAMP)
Format:
Workshops
Location:
V501
Start time:
11 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The workshop sheds light on transformations of masculinities in situations of radical change and/or crisis. The focus is on the models of masculinities on which people draw to cope with such changes and uncertainties, their transnational diffusion, local appropriations, and purposeful enactments.

Long abstract:

This workshop aims to shed light on transformations of masculinities in situations of radical change and/or crisis. We are interested not only in how masculinities are affected by change, but also, and mainly, in how masculinities can be re-enacted or substantially reworked and reshaped to cope with conditions of continuous crisis and rapid transformation. In situations of economic and social turmoil, in the transnational connections of tourism and migration, gender relationships tend to be volatile and unsteady, the power balance constantly shifting or being altered. How these conditions actually change men, and how instead men stick to their social persona through the iteration of a public performance of masculinity that is reinforced by global imaginaries of 'maleness'? Of particular interest here are the models/styles of masculinities on which people draw to cope with such changes and uncertainties, their transnational diffusion and local appropriations. Such analysis promises to shed light on masculinities' (in)ability to incorporate new defining elements, and to be reformulated following new ideals and normativities. Uncovering people's proficiency as well as failure to enact different - sometimes competing and contradictory - models of masculinities, the workshop examines their situated and purposeful nature, highlighting what these models enable, constrain, and achieve in various realms of their lives. Accordingly, ethnographically grounded researches into masculinities and their transformations may enable us to grasp and specify which features of change are more profoundly impacting and shaping men's ability to live 'as men', calling for a (re)actualization of their gendered selves, livelihoods and aspirations.