As a social construct and a research topic, masculinity has risen in prominence in recent years in many societies. The field of gender studies, long mischaracterized as a female scholarly space, today incorporates numerous critical analyses of masculinity, including in Africa. How have neoliberal forms of precarity, religiosity, labor migration, and sociality affected what it means to be a man in African societies? How have practices pertaining to fatherhood and sexuality adapted to the exigencies of African life in the 21st century? How can current scholarship illuminate hegemonic, non-hegemonic, and new African masculinities? This panel seeks contributions from scholars of all fields whose research has been considering these or similar questions.

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