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

Click here to view the programme.

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.


1st - 2nd November 2018


Thursday: 9:30am - 5:45pm; Friday: 9:30am - 6:30pm. See the full programme here.


King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS.



Lunch and refreshments will be provided, as well as a wine reception on the Friday evening. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Emerita Helen King, Open University (see Professor King's bio here).