EXTENDED: CFP: Subversive Masculinity at Film & History (Oct. 26-30, 2016; 7/15/16)

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Call for Papers
July 15, 2016
Wisconsin, United States
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

CFP: Subversive Masculinity

An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference: Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television

October 26-October 30, 2016 -- The Milwaukee Hilton, Milwaukee, WI (USA);  DEADLINE for abstracts: 15 July 2016

Heroic masculinity in film and television has often served to reinforce patriarchal order. However, other male figures that subvert hegemonic order have regularly appeared in films, often responding to the tensions of American society – from the film noir antiheroes of the 1940s to the male ensembles of The Big Short and Spotlight. This area, then, invites papers on masculinity in American film that presents a critique, or at least a negotiation, of patriarchy. 

Of particular interest to this area is the subversive potential of nonwhite masculinity. Whether in leading or supporting roles, whether the sole nonwhite character or part of a community, the nonwhite male often provides direct or indirect commentary on American social order. These characters have the potential to present alternative versions of American masculinity.  Even when these characters appear to support traditional masculinity, this performance of conformity may represent a complicated negotiation.

While papers are welcome that examine specific films or genres, papers may also focus on the work of a specific actor.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

The work of actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Antonio Banderas, Benicio del Toro, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Jackie Chan, and others
Film noir antiheroes and hardboiled detectives in films such as The Maltese Falcon, Citizen Kane, The Big Sleep
In the company of men: ensemble casts (The Big Short, Spotlight, Suits)
Geek as hero (CSI, Bones, I Am Legend)
Hannibal, Dexter, and other subversive psychopaths

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by 15 July 2016  with “Subversive Masculinity” in the subject line:  AbeleE@ncc.edu
Contact Info: 

Elizabeth Abele, Ph.D.

SUNY Nassau Community College

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