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CALL. 30.06.2018: (De)Constructing Masculinity: Manifestations of Maleness, Male Sexuality and the M




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: King's College London (London, England)


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What did it mean to be a man in the ancient world? And what did it mean for an individual to fall short of the criteria for manliness?

These questions will form the foundation of ‘(De)Constructing Masculinity’ as it seeks to explore various constructions of masculinity in ancient Greco-Roman literature and the ways in which hegemonic masculinity is challenged or affirmed by these gender expressions. Given the relative paucity of studies concerned with masculinity in the ancient world this is a timely conference that aims to contribute further research to the field. ‘(De)Constructing Masculinity’ is also firmly intended as an interdisciplinary conference with the aim of encouraging conversations between researchers in the fields of Classics, Comparative Literature and Theology given the wealth of material that these disciplines share.

This will be a unique opportunity to capitalise on the emerging trend of using masculinity studies to engage with ancient literature, while also considering what the implications of such research might be for ongoing contemporary conversations about the nature of masculinity. We are delighted that Professor Helen King will be joining us as the conference's keynote speaker.

Attendance at the conference is free but you must register in advance.

We welcome abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers by postgraduate students and early career researchers. All abstracts must be sent in PDF format to no later than 30th June 2018 (EOD). We will also accept proposals for complete panels of up to 3 papers. Suggested themes for both panels and individual papers include, but are by no means limited to:

Performing masculinity and male sexuality in and through ancient literature Literary representations of problematic male bodies Subversive representations of male archetypes e.g. solider, statesman, citizen, athlete, father, religious leader, etc. The appropriation of female imagery and language by male writers Women performing masculinity in and through ancient literature The role of men and masculine status in the New Testament and other early Christian writings Comparative analysis of any of the above themes within Greco-Roman and early Christian literature.

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