Monday, June 8, 2009

CFP: Forum on Masculinities and Pedagogy

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (AHHE), a premiere international journal of teaching and learning, seeks participants for a international forum on the teaching of masculinities in the humanities. We hope to include at least one participant from various regions (US, UK, Canada, Continental Europe, Australia?).

About the Forum

The forum will center on essays responding to an important new collection published in the UK, Masculinities in Text and Teaching, edited by Ben Knights. The volume addresses the gendering of English Studies within higher education in the UK. The collection explores the history and educational practices of the subject and raises important questions of male symbolic power in a discipline where the large majority of students are female. Bringing together the study of text and narrative with classroom experiences, the volume combines textual theory and criticism and pedagogical research in a productive way.

We invite essays that reflect on the issues and concerns raised within the collection from the teaching and learning perspective of the author’s national context. Forum authors should not consider this a review of the volume so much as an opportunity to reflect on the issues the collection raises regarding teaching masculinity in higher education, the relationship of critical gender theory to pedagogical practice, and/or international differences in the teaching of masculinity. We wish to cast a wide net of reflection, using the occasion of publication of this innovative collection as a ‘jumping off point’ to broader reflections on the intersections of masculinity, theory, and pedagogy within the academy.

About the Journal

AHHE publishes significant opinion and research into contemporary issues of teaching and learning critical to educators and researchers in the far-ranging area of arts and humanities higher education.

The journal especially focuses on current teaching methods and possibilities for the future of education. Published in association with the Higher Education Research Group at The Open University, UK, AHHE has steadily expanded its international presence in recent years. This forum seeks to continue that focus by putting an important UK-based publication in an international context. For more information on the journal, visit

How to Express Your Interest in Participating

If you are interested in participating in this forum, please contact Dr. Michael Coventry, US Book Reviews Editor ( In your email, please include “AHHE Masculinities Forum” in the subject line and indicate your general interests in teaching and learning and research in the humanities. Please also attach a brief c.v. and any ideas you might have for your ‘angle’ on the book.

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