Conference: Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (November 2012)

The conference “Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality” was a great success. The event was held over two days at the end of November at the University of Wollongong. A report on the conference will be available in January, with links to speakers powerpoints.

The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) recently hosted a highly successful conference at UOW on men and gender. The event, “Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality”, focused on and sought to improve efforts to address men’s roles in building gender equality. Forty people attended, including scholars and professionals from Norway, the UK, South Africa, Cameroon, and Bangladesh. To see the final program for the conference, click here.

Sociology researchers Michael Flood and Richard Howson have a book contract to bring the conference papers together as an edited collection.

The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) aims to advance the critical study of men and masculinities, both at the University of Wollongong and around the country. CROMM does so by fostering local and international research collaborations and functioning as a hub for masculinities-related research around Australia.

The conference included assessments and evaluations of efforts to engage men in building gender equality, discussions of the politics and problems of these fields, and direct training for advocates and educators. Presenters addressed local and international programs and policies that work to change men’s behaviours, identities and relations, with regard to such fields as men’s violence against women, parenting, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Keynote speakers included Jeff Hearn (Linköping University, Sweden; Hanken School of Economics, Finland; University of Huddersfield, UK), Chris Beasley (Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, University of Adelaide), Bob Pease (Chair of Social Work, Deakin University), and James Lang (Coordinator of Partners for Prevention, a UN regional joint programme for gender-based violence prevention in Asia-Pacific). The event was held over November 28-30, 2012.

The Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities gratefully acknowledges ISTR’s financial support for the event.