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Terry A. Kupers, M.D., M.S.P. • October 24, 2:00pm •    Fordham University, Martino Hall
"Masculinity Behind Bars: Violence on the Yards, Terror in Isolation"

Dr. Kupers will develop a model for understanding gender and domination in society-at-large as well as in jails and prisons, and explain how the dynamics highlighted by the model become exaggerated in the prison setting.  He will discuss prison violence, including sexual abuse and gang activity, in relation to gender and domination; and he will examine how very tough men who are removed from “the yard” for fighting are damaged when they are warehoused in solitary confinement.  

Terry A. Kupers, M.D., M.S.P., is Professor Emeritus at The Wright Institute, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Contributing Editor of Correctional Mental Health Report.  He is the author of Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 1999), co-editor of Prison Masculinities (Temple University Press, 2001), and his latest book is Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It (University of California Press).  Space is limited, so please register today.

Malose Langa, Ph.D.  October 30, 4:00pm • Stony Brook University, SBS Building,  N405 
"Benefits of using photovoice in researching masculinities: a case of young men in South Africa"

In his talk, Dr. Langa will discuss the use of photo-narrative as a research tool for researching young masculinities in the post-apartheid South Africa. The photo-narrative method proved useful in allowing boys to represent multifaceted aspects of themselves and their lives and also seemed to highlight both individualized and subjective aspects well as dominant or normative aspects of masculinity, as socially and imaginatively represented. In talking about their photos, it is clear that the construction of young township masculinities in South Africa is characterized by feelings of ambivalence, hesitation and contradiction. Boys in this study seemed to simultaneously comply with and oppose hegemonic norms of masculinity in the narrative images.  Boys’ photo-narratives reveal that negotiating alternative voices of young township masculinities is fraught with emotional costs and a sacrifice, which is an aspect that many masculinity studies tend to ignore and overlook.

Dr. Malose Langa is a Psychology Senior Lecturer in the School of Community and Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  Dr. Langa  also works at the Centre for the Study of
Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) as an Associate Senior Researcher where he has been involved in various research projects over the last ten years. Some of the research projects included his work with juvenile
offenders, ex-combatants, causes of violent crime and community protests in South Africa. Reports of all these research projects are available on the CSVR websiteSpace is limited, so please  register today .





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