Call for Papers: (De)Constructing Masculinity: Manifestations of Maleness, Male Sexuality and the Male Body in Greco-Roman Antiquity Date: 2nd November 2018, King’s College London

Keynote Speaker: Professor Helen King (Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Open University).

(De)Constructing Masculinity is a one-day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of masculinity in the Greco-Roman world, generously funded and supported by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

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. (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 materials that these disciplines share.

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). All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submissions by 14th July 2018. 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. soldier, statesman, citizen, athlete, father, religious leader etc.
– Male authorship and the dynamics of gendered canonisation in literary traditions
– Political loss and its effect upon collective and individual notions of masculinity
– The appropriation of female imagery and language by male writers
– Women performing masculinity in and through ancient literature
– The implications of literary manifestations of gender androgyny
– 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.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the conference team at For further information about the conference and about registering your interest in attending, please see our website at (De)Constructing Masculinity Conference