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Workshop Changes in Masculinities?! A Research Dialogue between Germany and Japan

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Prof. Dr. Kae Ishii (Doshisha University, Kyoto) and Dr. Benjamin Neumann (TU Dort­mund University) organized an international trans- and interdisciplinary workshop on changes in masculinities on 16.03.22 and 17.03.22.

The online workshop organized by Prof. Dr. Kae Ishii (Doshisha University, Kyoto) and Dr. Benjamin Neumann (TU Dort­mund University) gathered diverse topics on changes and persistences around the topic of masculinity:

Prof. Dr. Kae Ishii (Faculty of Globalization and Regional Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto) addressed changes in masculinity of Japanese men in the context of migration between Germany and Japan ("Moving Men between Japan and Germany: Transformation of Masculinities in Post-Industrial Society?").

Prof. Dr. Yoko Hara (Japan College of Welfare Education) dealt with the aging of men and the (inter-)national discourse on the topic of male climacteric (menopause, Kohnenki) in her presentation ("Aging Masculinities - Perceptions of the "male climacteric" in Japan").

Prof. Dr. Futoshi Taga (Visiting scholar, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University; Faculty of Letters, Kansai University Japan) presented research results of a study on attitudes and practices of East Asian men and the diversification of gender attitudes ("Is a caring man masculine?: Care-related behaviors and diversifying gender attitudes of Japanese men").

Dr. Benjamin Neumann's presentation (TU Dort­mund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Germany), focused on results from a research project on parental leave of fathers in Germany and the visibility and recognition orders of men affected by violence in the context of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church ("Masculinities through Relatinons: Subjectivities, Institutions and the State”).

Prof. Dr. Diana Lengersdorf (University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology, Germany) discussed in her lecture the possibilities and limits of the concept of hegemonic masculinity against the background of changing social conditions ("Stabilization through Change. Possibilities and Limits of the Concept of Hegemonic Masculinity").

Prof. Dr. Michael Meuser (TU Dort­mund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Germany) explored the challenges of masculinity in the context of changes in gainful employment, family and gender relations, presenting findings from his current and past research projects ("Challenged Masculinities: Change of Gainful Employment, Family and Gender Relations").

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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