Central-European Masculinities

Central-European Masculinities in a Comparative PerspectiveInternational Symposium

International symposium organized by CEFRES in the frame of the Central European Masculinities research project, with the support of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR, PARCECO Program), in collaboration with the University of Silesia in Katowice, the Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences (ÚČL AVČR) & the Department of Czech and Comparative Literature, Charles University (ÚČLK FF UK).

Location: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1
Date: June 19 20th, 2024
Languages: English, French
Organizers: Wojciech Śmieja (IL WNH UŚ), Mateusz Chmurski (CEFRES/Sorbonne), Iwona Kurz (IKP WP UW), Richard Müller (ÚČL AV ČR), Josef Šebek (ÚČLK FF UK), Ivana Taranenková (ÚSL SAV).

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87287534658?pwd=76IKqZc2qhThHlfLedvvxFbpNbe1iM.1 

Meeting ID: 872 8753 4658
Passcode: 451680

You can download the abstracts of the contributions here.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

10:00 Opening remarks & morning coffee

10:30 – 12:00 Modernity & Masculinity (1)

  • Chair: Mateusz CHMURSKI (French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – CEFRES)
  • Marcin FILIPOWICZ (Department of Western and Southern Slavonic Studies, University of Warsaw, ISZiP WP UW, University of Hradec Kralove, KČJL UHK): Participation and Resistance. Patterns of Masculinity in 19th Century Czech Culture
  • Ivana TARANENKOVÁ (Institute of Slovak Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences, ÚSL SAV): Of Fathers and Sons. Masculinity in Slovak Literature
  • Michal PITOŇÁK (National Institute of Mental Health, NÚDZ): Contours of Resistance: LGBT+ Activism, Masculinities, and Morality Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00 Modernity and Masculinity (2)

  • Chair: Hélène MARTINELLI (French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – CEFRES)
  • Romain COURAPIED (ISFEC BRETAGNE / Université Rennes II – Haute-Bretagne): Le discours de la crise de la masculinité dans la littérature décadente
  • Judit ACSÁDY (Institute of sociology, Hungarian Research Network, HUN REN TK) & Zsolt MÉSZÁROS (Petőfi Museum of Literature, PIM): The Concept of the ‘Modern Man’ at the Turn of the 20th c. Writings of the Young Hungarian Sociologist, Ede Harkányi and other Authors and their Connections with Feminism
  • Aleksandra DĘBIŃSKA (Department of Polish Literature, University of Silesia, IL WH UŚ): Phantoms of War – About War Invalids of The Second Polish Republic (Reconstruction Attempt)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 Under State Socialism (1)

  • Chair: Wojciech ŚMIEJA (University of Silesia – IL WNH UŚ)
  • Peter HALLAMA (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, SIRICE) : Les masculinités socialistes en Europe centrale et orientale – vers une histoire sociale et culturelle ?
  • Iwona KURZ (Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, IKP WP UW): “Don’t Cry”: You’re in the Army Now — Reconnaissance on Visual Discourse about Czechoslovakian and Polish People’s Army (Images, Narratives and Research Methodologies)

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 18:00 Under State Socialism (2)

  • Chair: Richard MÜLLER (Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences – ÚČL AVČR)
  • Jan MATONOHA (Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences, ÚČL AVČR): “Monstrous” Masculinity: Dissent / Exile Heroes and Injurious Attachments. Critical Reading of the 1970s and 1980s Czech Independent Fiction
  • Julija OVSEC (Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences, ÚČL AVČR): Lavender Marriages as a Performance of Masculinity

19:00 Conference dinner

Thursday, June 20, 2024

10:00 – 11:00 Queer Masculinities (1)

  • Chair: Josef ŠEBEK (Department od Czech and Comparative Literature, Charles University – ÚČLK FF UK)
  • Antoine IDIER  (Sciences Po Saint Germain en Laye) : Histoire de l’homosexualité, identités, masculinités
  • Zdeněk SLOBODA (Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism, Palacký University Olomouc, KMKSZ UPOL): Masculine Sport and the Challenge of/for Gay, Trans* and Intersex* Athletes

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 Queer Masculinities (2)

  • Chair: Františka SCHORMOVÁ (Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences – ÚČL AVČR)
  • Anna DŻABAGINA (French Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, CEFRES / Charles University): Mario, Pietrek, John, and Other Fellas. Masculine Expressions of a Modern Sapphist
  • Darko ILIN (Research Center for Humanities, University of Nova Gorica, RCH UNG):  Not only is he a Pederast, but he is Socially Unacceptable: Queer Masculinities Under State-Socialism in Pavle Zidar’s Literary Works

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 Contemporary Stakes

  • Chair: Ivana TARANENKOVÁ (Institute of Slovak Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences, ÚSL SAV)
  • Libuše HECZKOVÁ (Department of Czech and Comparative Literature, Charles University, ÚČLK FF UK) and Kateřina SVATOŇOVÁ (Department of Film Studies, Charles University, KFS FF UK) : A story without a plot, paradox of a private/public man. Lessons on masculinity from Jan Patočka in 1963 and Wim Wenders in 2024
  • Stefan SEGI (Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences, ÚČL AVČR): Masculinity in Czech Culture Wars: Sages, Heroes and Hipsters

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00   Open Discussion & Conclusive Remarks

  • Filip MAZURKIEWICZ & Wojciech ŚMIEJA (University of Silesia in Katowice, IL WH UŚ): Forms of Masculinity in Polish Literature and Culture: Presentation of Research Results pt. I & II