Masculinity and Body Image symposium
Friday 3rd May
9.30 – 18.15
Birmingham City University
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.