CFP: Masculinities in Motion - Men and (E)Quality of Life: Norway, May 31st – June 1st 2012

The next Nordic conference on research on men and masculinities takes place May 31st – June 1st 2012, at the University of Oslo. The deadline for first call for paper and suggestions for workshop themes is May 15, 2011.

New times, new solutions? What does it mean being a boy or a man today? How can women and men be understood being masculine? How is "masculine space" developing in a gender equal society?

The conference will present new research on men and masculinities, gender and power, health and quality of life. The main part of the conference is research orientated with emphasis on a better integration of masculinity research into other disciplines. Particularly with the focus on equality and quality of life.  A part dealing with policy issues is also offered at the conference, which illustrates practises and examples of development work using masculinity perspectives.

The workshop themes suggested by the planning group are, among others:
Men and health

  • "Good guys and bad guys": Crime and male risk behaviour
  • New theory developments in masculinity research
  • New fathers and working life balance
  • Ethnicities and global masculinities
  • Sexuality and masculine intimacies
  • etc.

Research on men and masculinities is a rich and diverse field of studies and we invite evereryone to contribute with new suggestions for workshop themes.

The conference directs its attention both to students, researchers and policy makers. Please send your abstract, maximum 15 lines, and suggestions for workshop themes by e-mail to, by May 15, 2011.

The deadline for submitting papers will be in the beginning of October 2011. Papers will be examined by referees.

The conference is organized by the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo in cooperation with the Nordic Association for Research on Men and Masculinities, Reform – resource centre for men, Norway and the Nordic Gender Institute (NIKK).

The conference is in the same year that Norway holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The conference is co-funded by Ministry of Children, Equality and Inclusion (BLD) and the Research Council of Norway/Programme for Gender.

Please visit the conference home page for further information.