Join the conversation when four senior officers of SPSMM & AMSA discuss the future of Men’s Studies.
From the conference program:
Men’s studies became a thing in the 1990s. The two largest academic societies that focus on men, the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), were founded in 1991 and 1995, respectively. Both organizations have established themselves through their conferences, journals, and the work of individual scholars. At most, 150-200 university campuses will offer an introductory Men’s Studies course this academic year while a handful might offer an additional course topic. Yet masculinity’s role in mass shootings (where nearly all perpetrators are male and White), its insistence that male sexual assault victims remain hidden, and the misogynistic threats directed at women who challenge the status quo (e.g., Gamergate) seem obvious. Recurrent concerns about how we raise boys, the school-to-prison pipeline, and men’s shorter lifespans also point to a need for men’s studies.
In this panel, leaders of AMSA (President Daphne Watkins & Vice President Jeff Cohen) and SPSMM (President David Whitcomb, Media and Communications Director Andrew Smiler) discuss their visions for Men’s Studies and talk about the organizations’ directions and initiatives.
Audience questions are encouraged and expected.
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