Rivalrous Masculinities

Rivalrous Masculinities
2012 to 2013
Emerging Networks

This project put together an international network of scholars and students based in German departments to provide the opportunity to build strength in linguistic fluency, cross-cultural literacy, and deep historical knowledge.  Specifically, a series of undergraduate seminars based at Duke met virtually with similar seminars being held at the University of Bamberg and at Humboldt-University of Berlin toward the curation of an exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Seven students completed the seminar during Fall 2012. Much of the work of the class involved curating on online exhibition (see "Snapshot" below for more information). The students' final presentations were delivered in a mini-conference setting, giving each student the opportunity to explore a topic in depth and present it to an audience at Duke and at the University of Bamberg. The students also participated in an international scholarly conference hosted at Duke September 20-21, 2013 “New Directions in the Study of Medieval Masculinities.”

he five students in the Fall 2013 seminar began from the work of their earlier counterparts to develop the physical exhibition, entitled “Masculinities: Mainstream to Margins,” which ran at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from January 11 to July 6, 2014. The students led a wonderful gallery opening, which was excellently attended.

The co-conveners believe that curating an exhibition focusing on the male body was an ideal way to achieve the intellectual goals of teaching undergraduates that masculinity, like femininity, is a social and cultural construction of gender; that constructions of masculinity change over time; and that different forms of masculinity co-exist, often in sharp competition with one another, no less so in the past than today.  The students discovered through this learning experience that representations of the body and gender intersect with political, racial, and religious discourses that have changed in salient ways over time. They also discovered that in these images the body has become a site of identity, a place where struggles for power and control play out.


Steffen Kaupp
Graduate Student, Carolina Duke Graduate Program in German Studies
Ann Marie Rasmussen
Professor of German
Christian Straubhaar
graduate student, Carolina Duke Graduate Program in German Studies


"Rivalrous Masculinities" Course Launch
"Rivalrous Masculinities" Course Launch
-- Mar 26 2012

We are excited! Launching this course is like preparing to travel to an exciting, new adventure destination.

ID? Yup, a new course number(s) - GERM 390-1 / ARTHIST 390 /... Read More

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Thinking through Writing: An Update from the Rivalrous Masculinities Class
-- Oct 8 2012

by Steffen Kaupp

  • What is masculinity?
  • How has the perception and portrayal of masculinity changed over time?
  • How have philosophers and other scholars... Read More
Rivalrous Masculinities Now On Display
Rivalrous Masculinities Now On Display
-- Mar 11 2013

One of the inaugural Emerging Humanities Networks funded by HWL, Rivalrous Masculinities, has just launched a virtual exhibition. The seven students who completed Professor Ann Marie Rasmussen's... Read More

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Learning to Teach in New Ways
-- May 17 2012

Ann Marie Rasmussen

I am Professor Ann Marie Rasmussen and I wanted to share the experience that the Rivalrous Masculinity Working Group had recently when we hosted a visit by... Read More

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Berlin, Hamburg, Bamberg: Expanding our Rivalrous Masculinities Network
-- Feb 15 2013

by Steffen Kaupp

In January, I had the pleasure of visiting our current (University of Bamberg) and future (Humboldt University Berlin and University of Hamburg) overseas... Read More

CIT Showcase
CIT Showcase
-- Apr 23 2013

Humanities Writ Large projects will be well represented at the CIT Showcase on Friday, April 26. If you want to learn more about Visiting Professor... Read More