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Research colloquium: „Approaching Affective Masculinities“ with Todd W. Reeser, University of Pittsburgh

Feminist and queer studies have been closely connected to affect studies since it became an important critical approach in the Humanities. But how can masculinity studies be placed into productive dialogue with affect? What tools does affect studies offer for thinking critically about masculinity?

In preparation for our discussion, participants are asked to read the short paper “Approaching Affective Masculinities” (Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies, 2020). The paper will be sent to all registered participants via e-mail one week in advance of the colloquium.

Date, time and place: 10.05.22, 2-4 pm, Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstr. 116, 20249 Hamburg

The research colloquium is open to all interested scholars, doctoral students, or master students. To participate, please register before May 5th here.

Todd W. Reeser is Professor of French and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Chairperson of the Department of French and Italian, and former Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). For spring 2022, he is an external fellow at the University of Strasbourg Institute of Advanced Study (USIAS).

His research lies at the intersection of French and gender/sexuality studies, with a focus on politics, identity, and cultural representation. He has published two books in early modern studies: Moderating Masculinity in Early Modern Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) and Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 2016). In 2010, he published Masculinities in Theory (Blackwell), now a widely-cited monograph providing a series of theoretical models for considering masculinity studies from a literary/cultural perspective, especially as inflected by post-structuralist thought. His more recent work extends that project into the relation between affect studies and masculinity, and he is currently editing “The Routledge Companion to Gender and Affect.” His book on French queer cinema today is forthcoming at Manchester University Press. He is currently working on a monograph “Transgender France: Universalism and Sexual Subjectivity,” studying how the inception and development of the category of transgender/transsexual in France starting in the 1950s relates to political ideas on the “universalist” citizen.


The research colloquium and public lecture are jointly organized by Prof. Dr. Andrea Frisch (HIAS Fellow and University of Maryland) and the Center for Gender & Diversity (ZGD)

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