Geophilosophies of Masculinity: Re-mapping gendered configurations of politics, aesthetics and knowledge
Themed edition of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities Edited by Anna Hickey-Moody & Timothy Laurie, The University of Sydney
“The concept is not object but territory. It does not have an Object but a territory. For that very reason it has a past form, a present form and, perhaps, a form to come” (Deleuze and Guattari What is Philosophy? 1996: 101)
Knowledges are generated by located cultural formations embedded in particular historical trajectories. Our special edition of Angelaki builds on the suggestion ‘the concept is not object but territory’
through positing material-cultural geographies of masculinity as the sites in which thought is created. Such forms of thought are, we argue, necessarily gendered and the products of gendered cultures. We are specifically interested in ways in which lived cultures of masculinity might be read as offering means for understanding men and masculinities articulated across political formations, aesthetic practices and institutionalized systems of thought. Three specific disciplinary axes of analysis are suggested through which to explore these trajectories: performance studies, continental philosophy (especially Deleuze and Guattari’s work), and critical race theory.
As editors, we are interested in contributions that consider cultural formations ranging from local performance spaces and working environments to global demarcations of masculinised territories, such as the nation-State or the “Western” hemisphere. We are interested in the ways in which different social boundaries and cultural economies are made and remade through articulations of masculinity and the extent to which such re-mappings can (or can not) be read as constitutive of thought.
An imperative driving this project is an interest in how cultural geography and masculinity studies might offer conceptual resources for scholars working in continental philosophy. Specifically, we are interested in how the examination of political and aesthetic terrains involved in the formation of masculinities, hegemonic or otherwise, might be mapped onto the field of continental philosophy. As such, the editors encourage a focus on the political implications and/or methodological consequences of poststructuralist approaches to masculinities, especially perspectives on the possible limitations of continental philosophical thinkers within more applied disciplines or fields of inquiry. To this end, articles utilizing models of thought generated within masculinity studies to reconsider or critique Deleuze and Guattari’s thought, and/or the work of other continental philosophers, are welcomed. We also invite contributions that draw on continental philosophy to interrogate literature from the field of masculinity studies.
Contributors are invited to explore specific geographies of masculinities as thought-machines. As suggested above, there are three areas in which we would like to locate contributions:
• Cultures of performance, music, dance and visual arts,
including (ethico)aesthetic approaches to masculinities within artworks or performances, but also extending to the gendered dynamics of artistic production, consumption and/or reception.
• Cultures of scholarship, including the institutional
politics of masculinity studies, the impact of masculinities on research practices and publishing, and the take-up of psychoanalysis and post-structuralism within gender studies. We welcome contributions that explore the gender dynamics of knowledge production within specific university environments and/or in the context of global knowledge production. This work might also develop Alice Jardine’s response to Deleuze and Guattari in the context of gendered research environments.
• Masculinity and geographies of race, including the formation
of masculine identities, stereotypes and spaces along racial and ethnic lines, or within racially “marked” diasporic communities. This could also include considerations of masculinities within anthropology, migration studies and critical race studies.
Contributors are also invited to consider the constitutive relationship to femininity performed through the masculinities under consideration.
About the editors:
Dr. Anna Hickey-Moody is a lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at Sydney University. Anna has a background in performance studies, youth studies and education. She is co-author of Masculinity beyond the Metropolis (Palgrave, 2006), co-editor of Deleuzian Encounters (Palgrave, 2007) and author of Unimaginable Bodies (Sense, 2009).
Timothy Laurie is a PhD Candidate in Gender and Cultural Studies at Sydney University. His thesis examines theories of cultural economy, focusing on issues of race, ethnicity and gender in the US and UK music industries 1958-1990. He has published on Gilles Deleuze and music criticism, and has a forthcoming book-chapter on Deleuze and Afrofuturism. He is currently researching Anglo-Saxonism and the gender politics of heritage in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Abstracts of 500-750 words should be submitted in electronic format to the editors by March 31st 2012. This special issue of Angelaki is scheduled for publication in spring 2013. This means that completed papers should be with the issue editors no later than September 25th 2012. Papers will then be circulated to external referees and depending on their feedback, papers will be amended or accepted by the deadline of November 20th 2012.
Length: 5,000 -10,000 words.
Work accepted for development in this special issue must conform to the Modern Language Association Handbook for Writers of Research Papers ( http://www.facebook.com/l/6AQGE7S6WAQFOYKv_CxmCIhx-_N-vdAKoA4zjMcqp6ToSyA/www.mla.org).
Manuscripts should be original in content and not published, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts are not returned.
February 9th, 2012 - 17:08pm