Masculinities in the British Landscape: A multi-disciplinary, multi-period conference to be held at Harlaxton College, the British Campus of the University of Evansville, outside of Grantham, Lincolnshire

Keynote Speaker: Professor Howard Williams (Chester): ‘From Stonehenge to the National Memorial Arboretum: Megaliths and Martial Masculinity in the British Landscape’.

This conference seeks to explore current and historical concepts of masculinities in the British landscapes. From depictions of masculine control to landscapes of masculine employment, the conference wishes to explore the ways masculinity has been marked on the landscape and expressed in landscape terms.

Proposals will be accepted from all eras from the prehistoric to the contemporary. The geographic area covered will be not only England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but also the historic scope of ‘Britishness,’ including former British Empire states in their colonial and post-colonial periods. Proposals are encouraged from any discipline, including (but not limited to) archaeology, art history, criminology, folklore studies, history, literature, philosophy, sociology and theology. Topics might include:

The naval seascape

•         Sculpted and symbolic landscapes

•         Agricultural landscapes

•         Ritualized landscapes

•         Gender, crime and urban topography

•         Employment and land

•         Geographic concepts of masculinity

•         Masculinity, empire and the landscape

•         Religious masculinity and the monastic landscape

•         Landscapes of masculinity through war, rebellion and protest

•         Textual depictions of masculinities and landscapes

Please send 200-word proposals for 20-minute papers or 600-word proposals for 3-paper panels to masclandscapes2015@gmail.com by 1 December 2015. Informal queries can be made to Dr Edward Bujak at ebujak@harlaxton.ac.uk or Dr Katherine Weikert at katherine.weikert@winchester.ac.uk.

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The Conference is generously supported by the Economic History Society.