November 12-14

Friday 1pm-5pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

The Realm of Possibility (RoP) is an interdisciplinary, international symposium addressing issues and phenomena connected to Gender and Queer Studies. After a successful launch in 2020 with a wonderfully diverse panel of speakers, the 2021 symposium will concentrate on the topic of masculinity.  While contributions from sociology, psychology, etc. are welcome, the symposium’s focus is on cultural and artistic expressions of selfhood and zeitgeist that can be read through the lens of Gender and Queer Studies.

We will explore phenomena of masculinity throughout time and in different cultures, with some guiding questions as follows: What is masculinity? How is it taught? Is it something inherently present in cis-male bodies or is it purely performative? What does masculinity look like in the queer community? What makes toxic masculinity toxic? Is there such a thing as transmasculinity? What is the relationship between patriarchal structures and masculinity?

We invite students of all levels, teachers, PhD students, postdocs, professors, and alumni to send in proposals for academic papers of 15-20 minutes.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biographical note (of 3-5 lines, including your pronouns and your current field of studies) by 15 September 2021 to the following email address:

For more information, please see the Call for Papers RoP 2021.

The programme and list of speakers will be published here as soon as possible.

The symposium is part of the Studium Generale at Alanus University. In order to receive looms and literature that are required reading in order to gain credit, you need to register with your Alanus email address via email with Eva Fürst:

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with inquiries and questions.