Call for Papers: “Masculinities in the Premodern World: Continuities, Change, and Contradictions”

“Masculinities in the Premodern World: Continuities, Change, and Contradictions”
13-15 November 2020

The past twenty-five years have witnessed a bourgeon-ing of studies on sexuality and gender in the pre-modern world. In particular, men and masculinities have received considerable attention. Building on the theoretical perspectives provided by feminism, Fou-cault, and cultural studies, the study of men and mascu-linities is increasingly theoretically inflected and sophi-sticated. Studies have encompassed questions pertaining to men of various social statuses, secular and ecclesia-stical, as portrayed in historical, literary, philosophical, theological, and art historical sources among others.

The conference, sponsored by the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium (TRRC) seeks to locate the study of premodern men and masculinities in its current richness and complexity. Our plenary speakers will be two of the most important scholars in the area of medieval and early modern masculinities: Patricia Simons (U of Michigan) and Patricia Cullum (U of Huddersfield).

Papers are invited on all areas of study across the premodern world (500 to 1650 CE), crossing Europe’s religious and linguistic diversity, and encom-passing its geographical breadth within Europe and beyond. Topics might include:

  • concepts of virility, patriarchy, marriage
  • fatherhood and procreative masculinities
  • social and political perspectives
  • medical and biological perceptions
  • celibacy, chastity, continence
  • monastic and clerical masculinity
  • sexual function and dysfunction
  • queer and non-binary masculinities
  • typologies of premodern men
  • masculinity in sports and athletics
  • masculinity in literature and the arts
  • etc.

Proposals are invited for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and alternatives to traditional academic presentation models.

To submit a proposal, please include: speaker’s name and academic affiliation (or “indepen-dent scholar” as applicable); the title of the presentation; a 150-word abstract; full contact information (mailing address, telephone, email); and a one-page CV. For complete session proposals, this information must be provided for each presenter and the chair (if proposed).

Proposals should be emailed in Word format to both conference organizers:
Prof. Jacqueline Murray at
Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler at

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted proposals.