HARTS & Minds (Vol.3, Issue 2): Embodied Masculinities – Call For Papers

HARTS & Minds
Vol.3, Issue 2: Embodied Masculinities

It has become a truism to state that masculinity is always in crisis, and a common reaction to reiterate that gendered identities are always constructed, always imminent: more the product of, rather than material for, either artistic or literary representation, or even empirical study. Such debates are often mapped onto the body, which becomes visible only insofar as it emblematizes the gendered constructions already available for interpreting the body and lending it meaning at any given historical moment.

In this issue of HARTS & Minds, we invite submissions exploring the range of discourses and representational practices that have helped to frame/construct the male body as an object freighted with ideological and social significance. How do we represent male bodies as male, and what opportunities and limitations does that create? What managing of masculinity does it allow, construct and promote?

This issue seeks to reflect the representation of physical masculinity as widely as possible, from Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers offering a diverse range of gendered, racial and cultural perspectives. To this end, interdisciplinary approaches are actively encouraged. Whilst all submissions will be blind peer-reviewed and selected on merit, we would also especially encourage contributions from scholars who are people of colour, queer, trans, nonbinary, disabled, non-UK or non-Western.

Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Medical humanities
  • The male body as spectacle
  • The body of the actor
  • The body in physical culture/sport
  • The Body as a facet of celebrity – as ‘star text’
  • Literary representations of physical attributes
  • (Pseudo-)scientific pathologies of masculine ‘types’
  • The male body in art
  • The male body in politics, propaganda or activism
  • The representation of the adolescent or child body
  • Liminal or monstrous bodies
  • Injured or disabled bodies
  • Bodily Ideals
  • Sexualised bodies

Submissions should adhere to the guidelines and use the article template available on our website www.harts-minds.co.uk

We accept submissions of:

ARTICLES: Abstract of 300 words. Accepted abstracts will need to produce articles of no longer than 6,000 words.

BOOK REVIEWS: Approx. 1,000 words covering any academic text relevant to the theme. Interdisciplinary text preferred, but reviews of subject-specific texts will be considered.

EXHIBITION REVIEWS: Approx. 1,000 words on any event along the lines of an art exhibition, museum collection, academic event or conference review that deals with the theme in some respect.

CREATIVE WRITING PIECES: e.g. original poetry (up to 3 short or 1 long) short stories or creative essays of up to 4,000 words related to the theme.

All submissions should be sent to Guest Editors Dewi Evans and Het Phillips at editors@harts-minds.co.uk by the following dates:

  • 300 word abstracts (for 6,000 word articles): by 9 February, 2017
  • Accepted articles – 6,000 words by 20 March, 2017
  • Creative writing and Reviews: by 1 June, 2017

Please keep in mind that HARTS & Minds is intended as a truly inter-disciplinary journal, and esoteric topics will therefore need to be written with a general academic readership in mind.