Love, attraction and alternative masculinities Event as iCalendar

22 August 2017

4 - 5pm

Venue: J2 Lecture Theatre, Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland

Host: School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Cost: Free

Contact info: No registration required

Teresa and Liviu
Teresa and Liviu

A seminar with Liviu-Cătălin Mara and Teresa Morlà, University Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Recent scientific evidence reveals the existence of three different types of masculinities: dominant traditional masculinity (DTM), oppressed traditional masculinity (OTM), and new alternative masculinities (NAM). Even though DTM are responsible for violence against women, the society in which we live in and the mainstream process of socialisation promote the attraction towards these men rather than NAM.

How is it possible to transform this negative sexual attraction and desire towards DTM? Love is social, and this means that attraction and desire can be changed. It is possible to move desire from DTM to NAM, fighting in that way against gender violence, because a NAM combines desire, attractiveness, security, courage and kindness in the same person. In this seminar, we will analyse how it could be possible or how we can contribute to overcoming gender violence starting with the promotion of NAMs.

About the presenters

Liviu-Cătălin Mara (Romania) with Teresa Morlà (Catalonia) are visiting PhD students from the Univeristy Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. They are part the international project SALEACOM that looks to overcome educational and social exclusion in schools and learning communities. Both teach sociology in Social Work and Labour Relations; they also volunteer at a ghetto school where they employ some of the eight Successful Educational Actions (SEA) such as interactive groups and dialogic literary gatherings. Liviu is in his final year – his dissertation looks at pedagogical and technological innovation in adult education. He works to bring about social change through alternative views of masculinities. Teresa’s dissertation looks at the abilities and creativity skills of undergraduate students.