What you'll learn
- Participants will be able to identify the social construction of masculinity.
- Participants will be able to mobilize concepts such as patriarchy and hegemonic masculinity.
- Participants will be able to identify the existence of multiple masculinities.
- Participants will be provided with tools to think differently about how masculinity operates in their lives.
- An open mind
Masculinity, as shaped by both men and women, has a profound impact upon the world in which we live and functions as a core problem for social sustainability. Yet few people stop to question the forms of masculinity that have been passed to them, let alone construct a more conscious alternative.
Via video, audio and text, Future Masculinity will help both men and women understand how masculinity functions in contemporary society, and how it can be re-imagined for a sustainable future.
Many of society's problems are related to the social construction of masculinity: How is masculinity defined? How is masculinity asserted within society? These questions are answered in this course via a number of key themes: history, sexuality, relationships, fatherhood, archetypes, and spirituality.
By questioning the social construction of masculinity within our everyday lives, we can make massive changes to society encouraging a more sustainable way of living that can be enjoyed by men, women, children, and the world in which we live.
Who this course is for:
- All men and women with an interest in men and masculinities
Dr Joseph Gelfer is a researcher in the area of men and masculinities. He has a BA from the University of Bristol (UK) and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).
Joseph's books include Masculinities in a Global Era (Springer Science+Business Media, 2014) and Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy (Routledge, 2009).
Some of the print and broadcast media that have featured Joseph's work include:
- TV: SBS, Sky, Seven Network, Channel 10, Channel 31.
- Radio: BBC, ABC (national and local network), numerous local stations.
- Print: The Guardian (UK), Spirituality & Health (US), Fate (US), Nexus (Aus), Conscious Living (Aus), Rainbow News (NZ), Fortean Times (UK), The Age (Aus), The Conversation (Aus), VoiceMale (US), The Tablet (UK).
- Academic journals: The Journal of Men’s Studies, NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies, Paranthropology, CrossCurrents, New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Feminist Theology, Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies, British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin, Reviews in Religion & Theology, Religion and Gender, Nova Religio, Relegere, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Journal for the Academic Study of Religion.