Lg & masculinities panel at IPrA 2003

Jeff Deby debyj at GEORGETOWN.EDU
Fri Oct 18 01:03:53 UTC 2002

Hello all,

Scott Kiesling (U Pittsburgh) and I are proposing a panel on language and
masculinities to submit to the 2003 International Pragmatics Association
conference.  We find ourselves fairly close to the submission deadline with
an open fourth paper-giving spot, and are looking for someone to join us.  A
description of the panel is below.  In addition to ourselves, Joan Weston
(Oberlin) will also be giving a paper; Mary Bucholtz (U California at Santa
Barbara) will be a discussant.

If you are interested, please reply to me as soon as possible with a brief
description of your proposed paper.  One-page abstracts will be required by
Oct 25th in order to get all the paperwork sorted out and sent to Brussels
by their Nov 1st deadline.  Please note that IPrA guidelines limit papers to
15 minutes.

The conference takes place in Toronto, 13-18 July 2003.  Further conference
details at their web site: http://ipra-www.uia.ac.be/ipra/.

My apologies if you've received this message more than once due to

Panel description

The papers in this panel will focus on masculinities in the plural.  Even
within (sub)cultures, the existence of gender variation across individuals,
groups, situations, and time show the need to deconstruct monolithic notions
of gender. By recognizing gender multiplicity, either within a normative
gender category such as 'men' (Connell 1995) or as performances which
problematize binary gender distinctions (Butler 1990), the field of
masculinity studies is opened up to examining the existence of, and
interaction among, many different ways of linguistically performing
maleness and of identifying as a man.

Papers are based on naturally-occurring discourse data, identifying
different dimensions of masculinity and how they are negotiated, reproduced,
resisted and/or challenged in specific contexts.  Papers show how
micro and/or macro analyses of language-in-use can illuminate the study of
masculinities, for example (but not limited to) the uses and kinds of power
associated with men (either in single-gender or mixed-gender contexts),  the
polarization or blurring of masculine and feminine, the interaction of
masculinity and sexuality, and the mechanics of multifaceted
gendered/gendering performances.


Connell, Robert.  1995.  Masculinities.  Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Butler, Judith. 1990. Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of
identity. New York: Routledge.

Jeff Deby
PhD Candidate, Linguistics (Sociolinguistics)
Georgetown University
debyj at georgetown.edu

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