"Bro's, Homes, Dudes". Men and Masculinities in the 20th Century American Family

"Bro's, Homes, Dudes". Men and Masculinities in the 20th Century American Family

Emmy Noether Nachwuchsgruppe "Familienwerte im gesellschaftlichen Wandel: Die US-amerikanische Familie im 20. Jahrhundert", Historisches Seminar, Universität Münster
Johannisstr. 1-4, Raum 116, 48143 Münster
Vom - Bis
02.12.2010 - 04.12.2010
Claudia Roesch, M.A.

Changes of family values are strongly connected to changing concepts of masculinity. One cannot understand the change of family values without regarding notions of masculinity and the male role within the family.

This workshop aims at theorizing concepts of masculinities and investigating in longitudinal studies the changes in notions of masculinities within the context of the family. Especially, the role of fathers / absent fathers for the family will be in the center of the debate. We are interested in longitudinal studies or case studies showing how changes in the concepts of masculinities were discussed in expert discourses, how they were represented in the popular media (television, film) and how different notions of masculinities with regards to race and class were dealt with and how those were connected to crime and poverty.


Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

2:00 – 2:30 pm Opening Remarks

Isabel Heinemann (Uni Münster): Men and Masculinities in the 20th Century U.S. American Family

2:30 – 6:00 pm
Panel I: Youth and Masculinity

Michael Kimmel (Stony Brook University): Bros, Homes, Dudes -- or Just Guys? Mapping Young American Masculinities

Nina Mackert (Uni Erfurt): Of „Johnny Reb“ and „Violent Vandals“ – Juvenile Delinquency, Interdependent Masculinity and the Government of Families

Comment: Catherine E. Rymph (University of Missouri)

7:00 pm Dinner

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

9:00 – 12:30 am
Panel II: Masculinity and Ethnicity

Simon Wendt (Uni Frankfurt): Nationalist Women, the American Family, and the Perpetuation of Hegemonic Masculinity in the 20th Century: The Daughters of the American Revolution as a Case Study

Jürgen Martschukat (Uni Erfurt): „You can be a man if you can, Stan”: Families, Fathers, and the Black Community after the Civil Rights Movement

Comment: Michael Kimmel (Stony Brook University)

12:30 am – 2:00 pm: Lunch

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 afternoon

2:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel III: Social Experts on Fatherhood and Masculinity

Catherine E. Rymph (University of Missouri): Absent Fathers, Substitute Fathers: Understandings of Fatherhood in the Post-War U.S. Foster Care System

Tracy Penny Light (Waterloo University Ontario): “Healthy Men make Good Fathers: Masculine Health and the Family in 20th Century America”

Claudia Roesch (Uni Münster): The Social Experts' View on Machismo

Comment: Jürgen Martschukat (Uni Erfurt)

7:00 pm: Dinner

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

9:00 – 10:30 am
Panel IV: Fatherhood in Popular Culture
Uta Fenske (Uni Siegen): "Men or Mice" - Fatherhood and Hollywood in the 1950s.

Andre Dechert (Uni Münster): Cultures of Fatherhood between Tradition and Change: US-American Movies and TV Series in the 1980s

Comment: Olaf Stieglitz (Uni Erfurt)

11:00 – 12:30 am: Final Discussion

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch


Claudia Roesch

Emmy Noether Nachwuchsgruppe „Familienwerte im gesellschaftlichen Wandel: Die US-amerikanische Famil
Rosenstr. 9, 48153 Münster
0251 83 29857


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