Conference: Men at War: Masculinities, Identities, Cultures,10.-11.09.2009, Newtown, UK

This 2-day international conference on war and masculinities includes panels on disability, marginalised masculinities, memoirs, veterans, and masculinities in visual cultures, film and literature. The conference is a collaborative event hosted by the Group for War and Culture Studies (GWACS) and the Callaghan Centre for the study of Conflict, Power and Empire at the University of Swansea.
The conference will be held at the University of Wales Conference Centre, Newtown, Mid Wales on 10-11 September 2009.
Thursday 10 September
12.30 Arrival and Registration
2.30 Plenary: Graham Dawson: Masculinity, State Violence, and the Political Psychology of Military Extirpation: Reflections on the Israeli Assault on Gaza, 27 December 2008 – 17 January 2009.
Parallel Panels
Panel 1: Mobilising Masculinities

  • Jane Tynan: Tailoring in the Trenches: Clothing the British Army during the First World War
  • Bex Lewis: Men at Work: Visible and Invisible Men in Second World War Posters

Panel 2: Masculinities in Literature

  • Daisy Neijmann: ‚A Fabulous Potency‘: Masculinity in Icelandic Occupation Literature
  • Frauke Matthes: Witnessing the Bosnian War from Abroad: Aleksandar Hemon and Sasa Stanisic
  • Sophie Smith: Weapons of War: Sexual Violence in Pat Barker’s Double Vision

Drinks Reception and Book Launch: Ana Carden Coyne, Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Exhibition: Christine McCauley ‚Bedtime Stories‘

Conference Dinner

Friday 11 September
Panel 3: British Men and the Military Memoir

  • Emma Reilly: Masculinity and Men’s Bodies in WW2: The Transition from Civilian to Soldier
  • Rachel Woodward and Neil Jenkings: Representations of Military Masculinities in Contemporary British Military Memoirs

Panel 4: Masculinities in Film

  • Richard Godfrey: Virtual Heroes: Military Masculinity in Hollywood Film
  • John Ayres: The Pleasure Culture of War and 1950s British Film Posters
  • Mark Straw: All We Are Doing is Watching: Male Protagonists and the Ethics of Spectatorship in Contemporary American War Films

Panel 5: Marginalised Masculinities

  • Arthur McIvor, Juliette Pattinson and Wendy Ugolini: Masculinities Challenged? Men in the Reserved Occupations in Second World War Britain
  • Maria Fritsche: Wimps or Heroes? Masculine Self-Perceptions of Deserters in the German Army in WW2
  • Fatma Oya Aktas: Being a Conscientious Objector in Turkey: Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity in a Militaristic Nation-State.

Panel 6: Visual Cultures and Military Masculinities

  • Claudia Siebrecht: Portrayals of Battlefield Masculinity from the Wars of Liberation to the Second World War
  • Peter Hughes Jachimiak: Aarrgghh!! It’s Art?: Sequential Media, Cover Art and the Glorification of the Allied Soldiers of WW2
  • Rukmini Dahanukar: Money Talks: Men at War

Panel 7: Veterans

  • Martina Salvante: Italian Disabled Veterans between Reality and Propaganda
  • Michael Maier: Postwar Masculinities: Demilitarisation, Repatriation and Reassimilation of former Austrian Wehrmacht soldiers after World War Two..

Panel 8: Reconfiguring Military Masculinities

  • Claire Duncanson: Do Forces for Good contain Real Men? Military Masculinities in the British on Operations Other than War.
  • Steven Gardiner: The Warrior Ethos: Reinventing Soldierly Masculinity after 9/11
  • Jarna Soilevuo Gronnerod: Transitions between Warfare and Pleasure Industry


Plenary Panel: Heroic Performances: War, Disability and Identity

  • Julie Anderson: Stoics: Creating Identities at St Dunstan’s 1914-20.
  • Wendy Gagen: Not Another Hero: The Eastern Telegraph Company’s Creation of the Soldier Hero and Company Man
  • Ana Carden-Coyne: Reconstructing the Body: Overcoming Disability and Sexual Heroism for Ex-Servicemen and Civilians

Conference End
For further information please contact:

  • Anne Edwards (Registration and Accommodation)
  • Helena Scott (GWACS)
  • Professor Nicola Cooper (Director, Callaghan Centre for the study of Conflict, Power and Empire)

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