As a sociologist and author at S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook, Michael Kimmel has been at the forefront of pro-feminist perspectives on men’s lives, and has brought his perspective to the Colleges campus on previous visits. His extensive scholarship on the history of masculinity and of the politics of manhood includes “Manhood in America: A Cultural History” (1996) and “Men’s Lives” (with Michael Messner) (1989). His most recent book is “The Gendered Society” (2000).
Kimmel will give “Globalization and its Mal(e)contents: Class, Race, and Gender After 9-11” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Geneva Room. Kimmel's talk will be concerned with how globalization changes masculinities, transforming local articulations of domestic and public patriarchy and reshaping men’s lives. Building on his recent work examining the gendered moral and political economy of terrorism, Kimmel redirects his profeminist perspective to the wide-ranging production of masculine mal(e)content in a world increasingly brought together through the processes of globalization. The following morning there will be a roundtable discussion at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center.