1st - 2nd November 2018, King's College London

Keynote speaker: Professor Helen King (Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, The Open University)


(De)Constructing Masculinity is an interdisciplinary two-day conference taking place at King's College London on the theme of masculinity in the Greco-Roman world.

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 and details about the rest of the programme will be released shortly.

Attendance at the conference is free but you must register in advance. Click here for more information.

‘Manliness was not a birthright. It was something that had to be won’
— Maud Gleason

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