The Masculine Worlds of Race and Power: Objects, Practices and Emotions in Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Date: 5th May 2018: CFP DEADLINE: 28TH FEB 2018
Location: University of Warwick
This conference will bring together researchers from the fields of History, Gender Studies, English Literature, and History of Art who are interested in the study of elite white masculine identities in nineteenth century colonial and post-colonial societies.
Although historical narratives traditionally foregrounded white men as the ‘subject’ of colonial histories, recent studies by post-colonial, gender and new imperial historians have only recently begun to investigate these figures as ‘subjects’. The gender identities of white men have chiefly been explored through a focus on the representation of various hegemonic masculinities, with the lived experience of these men being overlooked.
The aim of this conference is to establish a dialogue that will facilitate the development of an understanding of the relationship between prevalent cultural ideals and representations of masculinity, and men’s individual and subjective experiences of them. A commitment to interdisciplinary discussion will be at the heart of this conference, which will also bring various sub-disciplines of history into conversation.
Topics of potential conference papers could include (but are not limited to):
Masculine consumption practices; material culture; dress and fashion; fear, honour and pride; physicality and sport; homosociality; men and families; elite white men’s presentation in literature, poetry and the arts; violence and physical oppression; the political use of emotions.
The conference will engage with the material and emotional worlds of elite white men in Colonial and Post-colonial societies to ask:
- How were elite white men represented in various forms of contemporary literature?
- How were the ideals and social expectations of the region translated, negotiated and enacted in everyday life?
- How did hegemonic masculine identities impact the emotional world of men?
- How did the actions of other historical actors, such as women, slaves and colonised peoples contribute to performances of white masculinity?
- How did understandings of socially expedient male behaviour vary regionally and generationally?
- How were items of material culture and clothing used to express or disrupt ideal masculine identities?
We invite individual proposals for fifteen-minute papers. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a short biography.