Political Masculinities and Populism
University of Landau, Germany, 1-3 December 2017
New extended deadline for proposals: 18 April 2017
Kathleen Starck, University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany
Russell Luyt, University of Greenwich, London, UK
This conference is the latest in a series dedicated toward the topic of political masculinities having first taken place in 2012. It focusses on the theme of “Political Masculinities and Populism”. We anticipate that the series will continue with a conference hosted by the University of Greenwich, London, in 2018.
The conference aims to encourage and develop diverse understanding concerning the relationship between the concepts of political masculinities and populism. In the current political and social climate where media debates are often heated and analysis is in danger of taking second place to (political) opinion, we hope to provide an arena in which to consider the gendered functioning of populist politics and politicians – both past and present – and thereby contribute toward understanding the rise of populism globally in the 21st century.
Populism, which is a modern phenomenon that can be traced back to Russia and the United States of the late 19th century, is a contested political concept, in which some even question its analytic utility (Mudde and Rovira Kaltwasser, 2017: 2). Whilst the term is most often linked with the political right, it has also been associated with left-wing politics.
Moreover, scholars from different backgrounds use the term to describe different phenomena. For example, there is a tradition of “liberal populism” in the United States, whereas in Europe this expression would be “a blatant contradiction” (Müller 2016: 9). An understanding of populism as “genuine egalitarian left-wing politics” (ibid: 8, original emphasis) is an anathema in much of Europe given liberalism’s alternative association with pluralism.
It is possible, though, to identify some of the concept’s key characteristics. Jan- Werner Müller usefully argues that populists are mostly critical of elites, antipluralist and lay exclusive claim to represent an imagined “people” (4). In short, Müller defines populism as “a particular moralistic imagination of politics, a way of perceiving the political world that sets a morally pure and fully united – but […] ultimately fictional – people against elites who are deemed corrupt or in some other way morally inferior” (19-20, original emphasis).
We define the concept of ‘political masculinities’ broadly. This can relate to any potential actor in the political sphere, including for example, individuals such as activists, insurgents, politicians, political journalists and voters; groups such as political parties, lobbyists, think tanks, trade unions, and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and the state, its institutions as well as representatives. We also emphasise ‘hidden’ political masculinities, such as those associated with global businessmen, as well as political processes and structures and their relation to masculinities.
The most overt link between the concepts of populism and political masculinities lies in the figure of the populist leader. This leader is associated with the “charismatic strongman”, ruling on the basis of “a cult of a leader” and is usually portrayed as masculine and potentially violent (Mudde and Rovira Kaltmwasser 2017: 63). Thus, there is an emphasis on action and the courage to take difficult decisions, which relies on anti- intellectualism and urgency and is often completed by highlighting the leader’s virility, the use of simple and vulgar language, and, of course, the leader’s charisma (ibid: 64-68). And yet there are also female populist leaders such as Eva Peron (Argentina), Marine LePen (France), Sarah Palin (United States) or Frauke Petri (Germany). Questions therefore arise as to the masculine qualities of populist leaders and populism. How is it possible that women can also embody a populist “strongman”? In addition, there are many studies claiming that particularly the populist right draws its electorate from men (e.g. Harteveld et al. 2015). But, we have just witnessed a large proportion of women voting for the 45th President of the United States, and there are also studies claiming that the gender gap in voting for right-wing populists is often overemphasised (Spierings & Zaslove 2015). How do we begin reconciling such seeming contradictions? This conference aims to explore some of the following questions:
- To what extent are the concepts of populism and masculinities co-constructed and mutually reinforcing?
- Does masculine populism also exist outside party and/or national politics?
- Does populist charisma differ in its masculinity from other forms of charisma?
- What role do masculine identities play for supporters of populism?
- Is populism more masculine in some (national/historical) contexts than others?
- How is populist masculinity/masculine populism performed?
- Where does populist masculinity originate historically?
- In what way do different national populisms produce similar or diverging forms of political masculinities?
- What (political) masculinities are excluded by populism and how is this achieved?
- In how far is populist governance masculine?
This list is not exhaustive. We aim to stimulate debate within and between disciplines and welcome the submission of empirical and theoretical papers from across the full spectrum of gender studies. This may include, but is not limited to, work in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
For further details concerning the conference including the registration process see the Conference website.
(posted 3 April 2017)
Fact and Fiction in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, 8-9 December 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2017
It seems timely to look afresh at the relationship between fact and fiction, when such terms as “post-truth” and «”storytelling are frequently heard in the media and when genres called “docu-dramas” and “reality-shows” thrive.
Michael McKeon and, more recently, among others, Catherine Gallagher have maintained that fiction in eighteenth-century Britain was not a stable category but, rather, one with a history. Conceptions of fictionality shifted, correlatively altering notions of factuality. Writers of novels were aware that their texts created non-actual possible worlds, and self-consciously attended to the probability or improbability of their narratives. Historians resorted to counter-factuals in the mode of conjectural history. Methods for the study of nature, governed by rules of hypothesis or by new statistical techniques, raised questions about possible reliance on fictions. Similar challenges emerged in, for instance, the consideration of law, of crime, and of punishment.
This conference aims to build on earlier work and to advance discussion of less explored areas/aspects of the theme of fact and fiction, by furthering theoretical discussion (using narratological, cognitive, and other critical approaches) and by considering the fictionality of mainly, or supposedly, non-fictional forms such as periodical essays, works of history, legal documents, history paintings, as well as at novels. Theoretical and practical study of cross-influences will be welcome.
- John Bender, Stanford University,
- William B. Warner, University of California Santa Barbara
Historians as well as historians of law, literary scholars and historians of art are invited to submit proposals (150-300 words) for papers which will not exceed 25 minutes, before 1st June, 2017, to Isabelle Bour: Isabelle.Bour@sorbonne-nouvelle.fr, Isabelle.Bour@hotmail.com
(posted 12 April 2017)
Poetics Before Modernity Conference 2017
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, UK, 14-15 December 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2017
Papers are invited for a two-day conference on the history of poetics and literary theory in the West from antiquity to 1700, discussing any aspect of the subject, in any national tradition, by researchers of any disciplinary background. Topics transcending the traditional disciplinary and period boundaries (classical, medieval, Renaissance/early modern) are particularly encouraged, but single-period papers will also be considered. Discussions of non-Western and/or post-1700 materials which illuminate the pre-1700 Western corpus are also invited.
Poetics before Modernity aims to encourage and consolidate new work on developments in Western poetics and literary theory from antiquity to 1700. The project provides a variety of outlets—seminar series, conferences, publications—for the most exciting and compelling research in the field, and hopes to foster a community of scholars working on the subject across traditional disciplinary, national, and period boundaries. The conference follows the eponymous seminar series taking place at the University of Cambridge over 2016-17. For further indication of the range of possible topics and approaches, please see the abstracts of the talks in this series, available at www.english.cam.ac.uk/seminars/poetics/index.html.
This will be a closed conference with pre-circulated papers of around 10-15 pages. Presenters will not read out their papers but will deliver a brief (5-10 minute) summary of the thrust and broader consequences of their argument, followed by a response by a designated respondent and general discussion. Familiarity with all papers will be required from the delegates. All papers (around 150 pages in total) will be circulated shortly after the submission deadline of 25 November 2017. The conference proceedings will be published as an edited volume or special issue.
Papers by early- and mid-career scholars, including advanced doctoral candidates, are particularly encouraged. Limited support for scholars traveling from overseas will be available, with details to be confirmed at a later date. If you would like to request support, please include, along with your abstract and CV, a brief description of your circumstances and need for funding.
There will be a flat conference fee of £30 for all delegates, covering accommodation, conference materials, meals, and refreshments.
Organizers: Dr Vladimir Brljak (Trinity Hall, Cambridge) and Dr Micha Lazarus (Trinity College, Cambridge).
Please send abstracts of up to 500 words with full-length CVs, as well as any inquiries, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 June 2017.
(posted 15 May 2017)
“Little Wilson and Big God”: Anthony Burgess, Religion and the Sacred
Université d’Angers, France, 14-15 December 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2017
Anthony Burgess always described himself as a “renegade Catholic” and it is not easy to define the exact metaphysical or theological content of the religious beliefs which he actually managed to preserve. What is certain, however, is that he never rejected the cultural dimension of his Catholic education. Neither did he stop giving it an important role in the constitution of his social identity, particularly in the Protestant context of the Manchester of his childhood. Besides, even though his autobiography has a strong parodic dimension, he immediately put it under the aegis of St Augustine’s Confessions, the Catholicism of Enderby’s hero being also one of the main features of this narrative. He also questioned a possible preservation — or replacement – of religious beliefs in a more and more dechristianized world, and expressed some concern about the secularization of ethics in a post-theological context and about the recycling of originally mythical or religious heuristic schemes in his literary practices. To what extent can Anthony Burgess be considered as a Catholic writer? Should he be perceived as an apostate, as is often suggested in his writings, or should his conceptions of secularization be considered as having anticipated some of the interrogations that we still have to face in our post-secular world? Here are some dimensions of Burgess’s writings that could be explored in this conference.
Abstracts of up to 250 words, accompanied by a short biographical note, including research interests and university affiliation, are to be submitted via email to: Jean-Michel Yvard email@example.com (University of Angers, France), by September 15, 2017.
(posted 19 May 2017)
2017 4TH ICIIP – International Conference on Image Information Processing
Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT), Shimla, India, 21-23 December 2017
Deadline for full paper submissions: 31 August 2017
The ICIIP (International Conference on Image Information Processing) conference has been a biennial Conference since 2011. ICIIP is the one of the premier, renowned, and biggest technical conference focused on all aspect of Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Information security. Like previous conferences, ICIIP 2017 will feature world class speakers, tutorial sessions. The theme of ICIIP 2017 is “Image Processing for Digital Life”.
ICIIP 2017 will feature both invited and contributed papers. The presented papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore, which is indexed by major databases like SCOPUS, Web of Science, ACM etc… Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers with four to six pages, in double column IEEE Conference format.
- Image Processing – Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Document Image Processing, Image and Video Processing Architecture, Bio-Medical Imaging, etc…
- Computer Vision – Computational and Statistical Methods, Motion and Video Analysis, Sensors, Imaging model and Simulation, Stereo Vision, Robotics, Robot Vision, etc…
- Computer Graphics – Modeling, Rendering, Clipping, Imaging, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Games, Scientific Visualization etc…
- Image security and forensics – Cryptanalysis, Information Technology Audit, Steganalysis, Data Remanence, Information Privacy, Usable Security, etc…
- Dr. Subhasis Chaudhari, Deputy Director (Academic & Infrastructure Affaris), IIT Bombay, India.
- Dr. Joaquim Jorge, Editor-in-Chief, Computers & Graphics Journal, Univ, Lisboa, Portugal.
- Dr. Lipo Wang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
NEW INITIATIVES at ICIIP 2017:
- Best innovation award
- Best Thematic Award for work presented for Blind or Visually Impaired children’s society.
- Best Algorithmika award(s) related to conference tracks.
- Best paper award(s) related to conference tracks.
- Senior Professor(s)/Researcher(s)/Scientist(s) may apply for chairing a session during ICIIP 2017.
PROPOSAL FOR Tutorials/Special Sessions/Track Chairs/Reviewers:
Organizers are inviting Tutorial & Special Session proposals within the scope of ICIIP 2017. Organizers also invite VOLUNTEERS to serve as reviewers or as track chairs. If you are willing to assist as a special session organizer or track chair or reviewer, please inform us by sending an email to:
- For Tutorials : Professor and above with significant experience in the field OR IEEE Fellow. If required, conference grant might be provided for travelling.
- For Reviewers: 2+ years of research or industrial experience,
- For Special Session & Track Chair: Postdocs with good experience and above, etc.
Full paper Submission Deadline: August 31, 2017
Acceptance Notification Deadline: October 15, 2017
Conference registration Deadline: November 15, 2017
Prospective authors are required to submit full-length papers of 6 pages using EDASconference management system formatted with IEEE standard template, at the following link:
Authors are required to go through with the various instructions available under conference policy and manuscript preparation and submission link at:
For more information, please contact:
ICIIP 2017 Secretariat
Dr. P.K. Gupta
Executive General Chair
Prof. Dr. Vipin Tyagi
(posted 8 March 2017)