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Friday Seminar Series: Hegemonic Masculinity, Climate Change and 'Man-Made' Disasters


Friday Seminar Series

Start Date

2 Oct 2015 1:00 pm

End Date

2 Oct 2015 2:00 pm


Room 346, Level 3 (ground level) Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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A School of Social Sciences and Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar

Presented by Professor Bob Pease

Event details
When | Friday 2 October 2015, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Where | Room 346, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

About the seminar:

Disaster studies can be usefully informed by climate change research because it locates vulnerability to disasters in the context of long-term global and local processes. While the causal relationship of climate change to natural disasters is contested, people's vulnerability to natural disasters clearly relates to economic, cultural and social relations, including those shaped by gender. Taking human-induced climate change and increasing climate-related natural disasters as a backdrop, this presentation explores the gendered nature of the causes of and responses to climatic events around the world. In particular, I consider what critical masculinity studies brings to addressing men's ecologically destructive practices. Critical masculinity studies recognises that the greater responsibility of men for environmental catastrophes is due to the social construction of masculinism, intersected by social divisions between men. Masculinism, and the technological rationality that flows from it, has furthermore become a mindset for environmental management, which does not address the causes of environmental crises. Environmental sustainability may even appear to threaten masculinism and hegemonic masculinity, though environmental movements are often seen as a supportive context for non-hegemonic masculinities and progressive practices by men. This theoretical presentation reflects on how different forms of masculinity lead to resistance to environmental sustainability and how men might change their subjectivities and practices to construct a more sustainable world.

About the presenter:

Bob Pease is Professor of Social Work at the University of Tasmania, Hobart. His main research interests are in the fields of critical masculinity studies and critical social work practice. His specific research focus is on men's violence against women, cross-cultural and global perspectives on men and masculinities, undoing privilege and most recently the relationship between hegemonic masculinity and responses to climate change. He is also interested in the application of critical theories to progressive social work practice and profeminist approaches to working with men in the human services. He has expertise in collective memory work, life history methods, participatory action research and collaborative inquiry methodologies.

All welcome. Contact us on 6226 2350 if you need further information or directions to the venue.

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