CFS: Aging Men

Aging Men: Masculinities and Modern Medicine (Jointly edited by Antje Kampf, Barbara Marshall and Alan Petersen)

Call for chapters: We are soliciting essays and original research submissions to be included in Aging Men: Masculinities and Modern Medicine. The proposed anthology is a collection about the multiple socio-historical contexts surrounding men’s aging bodies in modern medicine in global perspective. The collection will be the first of its kind to explore the interrelated aspects of aging, masculinities and biomedicine, offering a multidisciplinary dialogue between sociology of health and illness, anthropology of the body and gender studies. Foregrounding material practices of aging men’s bodies will yield new ways of understanding knowledge production and subjectivity of aging processes. The collection allows for a timely and reconsideration of the conceptualisation of aging men within the recent explosion of science studies on men’s health and biotechnologies including anti-aging perspectives. The intention is to steer current thinking about masculinities beyond conceptualising inherited power status and hegemony to include current feminist inspired scholarship on the relational processes and practices of materiality and embodiment of masculinities. Reflecting current most important thoughts on the interplay of aging, masculinities and modern medicine, it will query the permeability and instability of definitions of aging and gender boundaries within current politics of health and aging.

In order to enable such exploration, original contributions (7,000-9,000 words incl. bibliography and footnotes) from social science studies broadly conceived (history, philosophy of science, medicine and technology, sociology of the body, health and illness and anthropology) are sought that will canvass current and key research methodologies, theoretical and empirical studies. We solicit diverse strands of academic thinking, querying both the epistemologies and ontologies of aging male bodies and medicine at the crossroads of illness and health.

Submissions Topics Include:

· Historical Epistemology of Aging

· Classifying Aging Bodies

· Functionality/Medicalisation: Defining Normative Bodies

· Theorizing Stage of Life Third-Fourth Age/Impairment theory

· Cartographies/Mapping Aging Bodies

· Clinical Trials/Health Technology

· Anti-aging/Hybrid Bodies/Future Bodies

· Men’s emotion and aging

· Knowledge systems

· Care Work

The deadline for the abstract (max. 500 words, affiliation and address) is December 15th, 2010. The deadline for original contributions is June 30th, 2011. Please send the requested information per email to Antje Kampf ( )

Prof. Antje Kampf, PhD (Auckland), M.A. (Cincinnati), Juniorprofessor for the history, philosophy and ethics of medicine (gender aspects), Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institut für Geschichte Theorie und Ethik der Medizin, Am Pulverturm 13, D- 55131 Mainz/Germany, Telefon: +49 (0)6131-179518, Email:


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