2012 to 2013
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.
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.
"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
Thinking through Writing: An Update from the Rivalrous Masculinities Class
-- Oct 8 2012
by Steffen Kaupp
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
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
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