Upcoming events

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.
Masculinity and National Identity – Call for Papers
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 download the full Call for Papers with further information and details, 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 register, click here.
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.

This event will explore contemporary concerns about men’s physical and mental well-being within the context of a sexualised culture and will focus on male body image. Some of the questions that the network plans to address include: 

1) How is the male body sexualized across a breadth of online and offline media?
2) What does sexualised masculinity mean for the social and cultural construction of masculinities?
3) What politics underpin sexualised masculinity?
4) What is the relationship between debates around health and well-being, and sexualised masculinity?
5) How do neoliberalism, precarity, class, race, nation and geographic region impact on manifestations of sexualised masculinity across Europe?

These questions matter for popular debate and media reportage, the work of health professionals, educators and policy makers and we invite colleagues and interested groups from across these areas to attend this free event.

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.