José M. Armengol is an Associate Professor of American literature and Gender studies at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. in English (with Honors) from the University of Barcelona, with the thesis Gendering Men: Theorizing Masculinities in American Culture and Literature (2006). He has published on literary representations of masculinity in prestigious academic journals such as Signs, Men and Masculinities, the Hemingway Review, The Journal of Men’s Studies, and Journal of Gender Studies, among others. His latest books include Debating Masculinity (Men’s Studies Press, 2009), Richard Ford and the Fiction of Masculinities (winner of the 2010 literary scholarship prize from AEDEAN-Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies), Men in Color (2011), Queering Iberia (2012), Embodying Masculinities (2013), Alternative Masculinities for a Changing World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Masculinities in Black and White (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014; winner of the 2015 research award for best monograph from SAAS-Spanish Association for American Studies). He is also one of the Editors, Literary and Cultural Studies of the academic journal Men and Masculinities (Sage Publications) and Editor of the “Masculinity Studies” series at Peter Lang. His latest research focuses on the intersections between masculinities and ageing, particularly cultural (i.e., literary and film) representations of ageing men in U.S. literature and cinema.
Iris van Huis is a PhD candidate at the Nijmegen School of Management, Department of Political Science and affiliated with the Institute for Gender Studies of Radboud University Nijmegen. In her PhD research, Van Huis studies how social interventions that target disadvantaged men, impact on inequalities, on intersections of gender, ethnicity and class. Van Huis studies inequalities in a multifaceted way: as social locations, identities and as constituted by social norms. Her research empirically focuses on the practice of male emancipation projects in the Netherlands that both aim to empower disadvantaged men and to involve men in gender equality issues. With her research Van Huis contributes to theory on facets of belonging (Yuval-Davis 2011), and relates the theory to masculinities studies and ‘normalizing’ aspects of (semi-)state interventions (Foucault 1977), as well as on ‘enabling’ or ‘empowering’ angles of social interventions. Van Huis has published a book chapter and articles forMasculinities in a Global Era (Gelfer ed., Springer 2014), Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum (Hearn, Šmídová and Vodochodskýeds. 2015) and Etnofoor (Balkenhol and Jaffe eds. 2013).
Past Visiting Scholars
Prof. Dr. Jan D. Kucharzewski is a Junior Professor for American Studies at the University of Hamburg (since October 2013). He received his doctoral degree at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf in 2009 for a thesis titled Propositions about Life: Reengaging Literature and Science (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011). He has published papers on the novels of Richard Powers, the relationship between literature and science, the writings of Gertrude Stein, and on contemporary American literature. In cooperation with Stefanie Schäfer and Lutz Schowalter he edited the volume Hello, I Say, It's Me: Contemporary Reconstructions of Self and Subjectivity (WVT, 2009). Together with Prof. Dr. Antje Kley (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) he organized the international conference “Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers” in 2010 (publication of the conference proceedings forthcoming). His current research interests include the construction of masculinity and the representation of crisis in 19th century American literature and 20th century American film.
Dr. Anna M. Kłonkowska is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Gdansk; sociologist, psychologist, philosopher; publishes in the field of transgender studies, with particular interest in trans-masculinities. She is the editor-in-cheif of the sociological journal, Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica. She also facilitates one of the few support groups for transgender people in Poland since 2010.
Fábio Nascimento is a PhD candidate in the Department of English (Linguistic Studies) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina - Brazil and earned both his Major in English and Master's degree in Linguistics at the Federal University of Santa Maria - Brazil. Currently his main research interest is the investigation of discourses of queer men in Brazil and he also works as a collaborator in a project that investigates the representation of female bodies in the media discourse. Other research interests include: Applied Linguistics, especially the analysis of media discourses in the light of Critical Discourse Analysis, Cultural Studies, Queer and Materialist Theories, Gender and Women's Studies, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Multimodality and Reading in English as an Additional/Foreign Language. Two of his selected publications on gender are: Gender performativity and melancholia in Paris is Burning and Angels in America (in English) and 'Pope attacks blurring of gender': Gender identity and critical reading in the foreign language classroom (in Portuguese).
Marina Yusupova is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. Her PhD project is based on life story interviews with Russian men living in Russia and Russian immigrants in the UK. It explores how ideologies of masculinity inform the lived experience of Russian men living in two different sociocultural contexts and shape individual life trajectories, migration and subjectivities.