In October of 2018 I will be traveling to the Arctic Circle with The Arctic Circle Organization to continue anthropological and art research on masculine identity and environmental change.
New Masculine Identity - Crisis in a Globalized World is a project that explores the identity crisis of masculinity in white millennial American men. This project is two-fold with anthropological research occurring in the rust belt region of the US and accompanying artwork and research in the Arctic Circle. Working in these vastly different places will allow me to examine the correlations between identity and climate change. I theorize that millennial American men are experiencing a crisis in masculine identity from the combined rise in popularity of green energy due to climate change, increased automation in manual labor work, and the promotion of a globalized cultural identity through social media. With the use of an allegorical grid, I will apply ethnography and visual analyses to understand the trajectories of the formation and perpetuation of normative American masculine identities, and how those narratives are being redefined. Upon completion, I will have writing for publication as well as a body of mixed digital media artwork for exhibition. I hope to answer questions about preserving culture in a digital age and understanding masculine identity in a globalized social economy during environmental change.