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.
This issue of HARTS & Minds invites 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 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, contributions from scholars who are people of colour, queer, trans, nonbinary, disabled, non-UK or non-Western are particularly encouraged.
Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
Submissions should adhere to the guidelines and use the article template available on their website www.harts-minds.co.uk
HARTS & Minds accepts 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.
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.