Conference: Constructing Masculinities in Asia
The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce its fall 2016 conference, “Constructing Masculinities in Asia.” With this two day conference, the Center plans to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and the sharing of the latest research in the social sciences and humanities on issues related to the construction of masculinities in Greater China, Japan, Korea, and India. Why is it necessary to study men? Haven’t they been the focus of studies for centuries? While men as individuals and their actions have been the focus of history for centuries, the study of men as a group and of masculinity has not received much attention. As gender studies has begun to diversify and to encompass more than just issues related to women, scholars are now redirecting their focus to issues related to masculinity. With this conference, the Center aims to promote and facilitate academic discussions and research on themes related to masculinity such as empire, nation and globalization, gender identity, sexuality, medicine, masculinity in advertising, media, and pop culture. This conference is unique in that it is interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars in fields ranging from history to anthropology to literature to sociology and gender studies who are researching masculinity in new and inventive ways. In addition, the scope of the conference is broader than the typical study which looks at masculinity in a particular country or among a particular ethnic group. Instead, this conference encourages the study of masculinity in societies and cultures across Asia. The sharing of research both at the conference and later through publications in the Center’s peer-reviewed journal and an edited volume will contribute to the understanding of constructions of masculinities in Asia.
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Co-sponsored by the USF Masters in Asia Pacific Studies Program (MAPS).