Organized by Ghent University and the European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA), in cooperation with the University of Antwerp and the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent
15-16 May 2018; Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium
Submission deadline: 15 October 2017
Male Bonds is a two-day international conference that aims to explore the place of male bonds in nineteenth-century artistic practice and visual arts. Male homosociality -- i.e. social relationships between men -- helped structure nineteenth-century European and American society. However, over the course of the century changes arose, instigated by the increasingly rigorous conception of same-sex sexualities and by other challenges to traditional notions of manhood. The conference strives to probe, challenge and expand upon the academic narrative of male homosociality through the lens of art history. It is to establish a multifaceted survey of the male bonds that underpinned nineteenth-century art, and to consider the theoretical and methodological implications of the study thereof. In so doing, it seeks to build a bridge between traditional art-historical scholarship and the fields of gender and gay and lesbian studies: an interdisciplinary exchange of which the full potential for scholarship on the nineteenth century remains to be exploited.
Please refer to the conference website - http://www.malebonds.ugent.be/ - for more information, including the full call for papers.