International Summer School

The Summer School "Political Masculinities in Europe: New Definitions, Methods and Approaches” at Koblenz-Landau, from August 21-24 2018, was a delightful and fruitful event. A mixed group of international PhD-candidates and Post-Doctoral Researchers worked closely together with the invited Keynote-Speakers Marina Blagojevic-Hughson, Jeff Hearns, Cristian Norocel and Niels Spierings (in absentia), on their individual projects and also contributed to a wider methodological framework. 


We would like to once again thank the Volkswagen Stiftung and all participants and speakers for making this unique collaborative effort and for (re)defining and thinking in complex ways about the currents of Political Masculinities!


Thanks also to Gergely Kápolnási and his team for filming during the Summer School - videos to follow shortly.


©Gergely Kápolnási


Political Masculinities in Europe – New Definitions, Methods and Approaches



30 APRIL 2018


For PhD Students & Post-Doctoral Researchers


20-24 August, 2018

at Landau University, Germany


If you are a PhD candidate or post-doctoral researcher and your research focuses on masculinities in the political arena in a European context, join us for an exciting summer school this August.

We offer a week of workshops, lectures, seminars, panel discussions and (peer group) tutoring, introducing you to and discussing the analytical merits of the category “political masculinities”.

You will be taught by and working with renowned international researchers, such as Jeff Hearn (Örebro, Sweden), Ov Cristian Norocel (Helsinki, Finland/Brussels, Belgium) and Niels Spierings (Nijmegen, Netherlands) in the fields of politics and masculinities with backgrounds in masculinity studies, sociology, political science and cultural studies.


Political Masculinities

The role of masculinity has been widely explored in a great number of political contexts, such as modern nation building, colonialism and foreign politics, elections, processes of peace building and development, the workings of academic disciplines themselves such as International Relations and others.

We define “political masculinity” as encompass(ing) any kind of masculinity that is constructed around, ascribed to and/or claimed by political players. These shall be individuals or groups of persons who are part of or associated with the political domain, i.e. professional politicians, party members, members of the military as well as citizens and members of political movements claiming or gaining political rights. (Starck and Sauer 2014, 6)

However, this definition has so far neither been challenged nor developed any further, nor have the concept and its analytical merits across academic disciplines been discussed. The summer school aims at redressing this lack of a theoretical framework.

For the application procedure, programme, etc. see navigating options on the left.



Kathleen Starck

Department of English, Cultural Studies

University of Koblenz Landau, Germany

Birgit Sauer

Department of Political Science

University of Vienna, Austria


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