Upcoming events

Masculinity and National Identity – 17th January 2020, Berlin
The next event as part of our AHRC funded Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture research network will be held on Friday 17th January 2020 at Village Berlin. The theme for the event will be Masculinity and National Identity.

To register a place at the event, please click here. To view the programme, click here.
Call for Papers: Steering group member Jamie Hakim (University of East Anglia) and Kristian Møller (IT University of Copenhagen) invite contributions from cultural studies perspectives to a special edition of the journal Sexualities, ‘Chemsex Cultures‘, which seeks to interrogate the ways chemsex emerges as a cultural phenomenon. The full CfP can be accessed here; titles, abstracts and references should be submitted by the end of January 2020.
Call for Papers: Colleagues at the University of Southern Denmark invite submissions of papers to a special edition of Somatechnics on ‘Medicalized Masculinities‘. The full CfP can be accessed here; submissions should be made by 1st February 2020.
Call for Papers: Steering group member João Florêncio (University of Exeter) welcomes submissions for the upcoming conference Viral Masculinities to be held at University of Exeter on 1st and 2nd September 2020. To download the full Call for Papers with further information and details, please click here.
Call for Papers: Steering group member Florian Vörös, and Béatrice Damian, of Lille University, France, welcome submissions for the upcoming conference Mediating Sexualities: The sexual politics of media production and regulation to be held at Lille University on Tuesday 3rd – Wednesday 4th November 2020. To download the full Call for Papers with further information and details, please click here (scroll down for English version).
As part of the network, Mark McGlashan (BCU) and John Mercer (BCU) are editors for a collection of essays on Toxic Masculinity: Men, Meaning and the Media and they are now welcoming abstracts for essays that meet the brief. To download the brief, which contains all information, please click here.

Past events

Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture AHRC Network Launch
Masculinity and Body Image symposium (Birmingham City University), Friday 3rd May 2019, 9.30 – 18.15

To see the full symposium programme, please click here.


This event is the first in a 24-month AHRC funded research network that will explore the contemporary sexualisation of masculinity and intends to set an ambitious agenda for subsequent research. The network steering group includes Begonya Enguix, Joao Florencio, Jamie Hakim, Mark McGlashan, Peter Rehberg and Florian Voros.
Toxic Masculinity and Male Body Image: City Talk (Birmingham City University), Thursday 2nd May 2019, 18.30 – 20.00
To register, click here.

Birmingham City University are hosting a special event focusing on the challenges presented by toxic masculinity.

The event will bring together a panel of key experts to discuss topics surrounding modern day masculinity and the negative perceptions of male body image.

The talk will see Birmingham City University’s Professor John Mercer lead a panel of key experts including Heather Widdows, author of Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal, former Attitude journalist Dr Jamie Hakim.

Joining the panel will be critically acclaimed author and journalist Mark Simpson, who coined the terms “Metrosexual” and “Spornosexual”.

Panellists will tackle topics including the impact of toxic masculinity on society and the pressures men experience in relation to body image. With a focus of how pressures of appearances on social media link to a negative impact on mental health.