Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture

By John Mercer on December 1st, 2018

Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture is a research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) until December 2020. The network connects academics, early career researchers and students as well as experts and commentators from outside of academia, to explore the issues and debates around contemporary masculinity, sex and sexuality in order to set an ambitious agenda for subsequent research.

Some of the questions that the network plans to address include: 

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

The network steering group includes Begonya Enguix, Joao Florencio, Jamie Hakim, Mark McGlashan, Peter Rehberg and Florian Voros.

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