DE)CONSTRUCTING MASCULINITY: Manifestations of Maleness, Male Sexuality and the Male Body in Greco-Roman Antiquity – 1st & 2nd November (Previous Student-Led Activities)

Call for Papers

2nd November 2018, King’s College London

Keynote speaker: Professor Emerita Helen King (Open University)

‘(De)Constructing Masculinity’ is an interdisciplinary one-day conference 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?

We welcome abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers by postgraduate students and early career researchers. All abstracts must be sent in PDF format to no later than 30th June 2018 (EOD). We will also accept proposals for complete panels of up to 3 papers. Suggested themes for both panels and individual papers include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Performing masculinity and male sexuality in and through ancient literature
  • Literary representations of problematic male bodies
  • Subversive representations of male archetypes e.g. solider, statesman, citizen, athlete, father, religious leader etc.
  • The appropriation of female imagery and language by male writers
  • Women performing masculinity in and through ancient literature
  • The role of men and masculine status in the New Testament and other early Christian writings
  • Comparative analysis of any of the above themes within Greco-Roman and early Christian literature.

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