In recent years, scholars of culture and literature have
begun to elaborate on masculinities in the contemporary Irish context.
While providing an invaluable starting point for discussion of Irish
masculinities, these studies have tended to focus on the postmodern,
with highly theoretical emphases in the findings. Moreover, normative
and hegemonic masculinities remain largely unquestioned, and historical
contexts and continuities are often ignored or neglected.
This groundbreaking symposium will attempt to bring the history of Irish
masculinities into focus. We aim to bring together for the first time
scholars working in history, literature, culture, and sociology, in
Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary time period specialisms
in the fields of gender and masculinities. The symposium will explore
connections, continuities, changes and dissonances in masculinities in
relation to Ireland, and will explore these themes diachronically. To
this end, contributors need to be willing to present and discuss their
research in thematically orientated panels that discuss their subject
across time periods. This will move discussion of masculinities beyond
the synchronic emphases upon 'crisis' and the presentist perspective,
and foster scholarship that is genuinely interdisciplinary.