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Political Masculinities as Agents of Change

Interdisciplinary Conference
9-11 December 2016
Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus

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We are delighted to be hosting an interdisciplinary conference on Political Masculinities as Agents of Change at Anglia Ruskin University in collaboration with the University of Koblenz-Landau.


Jeff Hearn – 'The Politics of Absent Men OR Political Masculinities Without the Polis' Örebro University, Sweden; Hanken School of Economics, Finland; University of Huddersfield, UK

Jemma Stringer – 'Beyond the theory: The politics of men and masculinities in practice'

Jeff Hearn
Gender Justice Officer, Oxfam GB

This is the second of two conferences. The first, entitled 'Political Masculinities and Social Transition', took place in Landau (Germany) in November 2015. We hope this second conference will prove as much of a success. It will be held in the historic City of Cambridge (United Kingdom), between 9 and 11 of December 2016.

The conference aims to encourage and develop diverse understanding concerning political masculinities as agents of change. We hope to showcase the best work in the area occurring internationally as well as to stimulate debate within and between disciplines. We welcome the submission of empirical and theoretical papers from across the full spectrum of gender studies as well as those which critically engage and reflect upon research paradigms and methods. This may include, but is not limited to, work in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. We would particularly welcome papers that seek to address ‘real world’ issues, and in so doing, encourage and contribute toward broader individual and social change.

We define the concept of ‘political masculinities’ broadly. This can relate to any potential actor in the political sphere, including for example, individuals such as activists, insurgents, politicians, political journalists and voters; groups such as political parties, lobbyists, think tanks, trade unions, and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and the State, its institutions as well as representatives.  We also emphasise ‘hidden’ political masculinities, such as those associated with global businessmen, as well as political processes and structures and their relation to masculinities.

We likewise define the notion of ‘agents of change’ broadly. This is taken to refer to any actors or actions that serve to challenge normative masculinities – dominant and taken for granted ideals of what it is to be a man – which sustain unequal relations of power between women and men as well as between men themselves. In doing so, such challenge ushers in possibilities for change.

We are therefore interested in exploring where, when, how and why political masculinities can and have served as agents of change at, and across, different levels of analysis. This may include, but is not limited to, the individual; interpersonal; situational; contextual; discursive; representational and/or ideological. 


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Organising Committee

Russell Luyt, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Kathleen Starck, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

Please feel free to contact either Russell Luyt ( or Kathleen Starck ( should you have any questions concerning the conference.

Rosemary Lobban, Anglia Ruskin University
Russell Luyt, Anglia Ruskin University
Sam Martin, Anglia Ruskin University
Daragh McDermott, Anglia Ruskin University
Kathleen Starck, University of Koblenz-Landau