Conference Programme

Masculinity and the Metropolis

22nd – 23rd April

Please see our full conference programme below.

For further travel enquiries and directions to the University Campus, please email:

Friday 22nd April 

9.00 – 9.30: Registration (Keynes College Lobby, University of Kent)

9.30 – 9.45: Welcome Remarks (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

9.45 – 11.00: Keynote Speaker

Writing the City, Writing Masculinity: The Flâneur in American Fiction, Dr. Peter Ferry (Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Dublin)

11.00 – 11.15: Tea and Coffee

11.15 – 12.45: Panel Sessions

Panel 1: Spaces (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

  • At home in the city? Francis Bacon and queer intimacy in post-war London, Dr. Greg Salter (Birkbeck, University of London and CAPA)
  • Men Forced Underground, Dr. György Kalmár (University of Debrecen, Hungary)
  • George Oppen’s Lyric Vertigo (or, Bringing Aesthetic Theory into Modernist New York), David Hobbs (New York University)

Panel 2: Flânerie (Studio 2, Jarman Building, School of Arts)

  • Using Benjamin’s ‘flâneur’ and de Certeau’s ‘bricoleur’ to explore the city-centred stories of Sherlock Holmes, Nicola Rose (University of Huddersfield)
  • Flight or Fight: Movement in the Metropolis in Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor, Dominic Dean (University of Warwick)
  • Crisis of Masculinity in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Istanbul, Dr. Emre Çağlayan (University of Brighton)

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch (Keynes College)

13.45 – 15.15: Panel Sessions

Panel 3: Black American Masculinities (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

  • Performing Black Masculinity in 1960s Harlem: Shirley Clarke’s The Cool World, Dr. Rosa Nogués (Chelsea College of Arts)
  • “Living every day scared”: Disorientation, Incrimination and Black Masculinity in Chester Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go, Alex Pavey (University College London)
  • “Nothing but rubber heels”: Mobility, Virility and the Projected Female Gaze in the Automotive Cities of Black American Popular Song (1948 – 1963), Michael Docherty (University of Kent)

Panel 4: Displacement (Studio 2, Jarman Building, School of Arts)

  • “Delectable Transgressions” and the Neither/Nor in Hanif Kureishi’s Something to Tell You, Hayley Toth (University of Huddersfield)
  • “Dark Strangers”: West Indian Men and Mixed Race Relationships in the Post-War Metropolis, Anna Maguire (King’s College London)
  • British Muslim Masculinities in the (English and Scottish) Metropolis: Regionality and Masculinity in Brick Lane (2003) by Monica Ali and Psychoraag (2004) by Suhayl Saad, Peter Cherry (University of Edinburgh)

15.15 – 15.30: Tea and Coffee (Keynes College)

15.30 – 17.00: Keynote Speaker (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

Male Terrors in the Metropolis, Dr Gabriel Koreas (Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Art, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London)

19.30: Conference Dinner



Saturday 23rd April 

9.30 – 11.00: Keynote Speaker (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

“I Get All the News I Need On the Weather Report”: Risk, Terror, and the Subject of Contemporary Fiction, Dr. Hamilton Carroll (Associate Professor of English, University of Leeds)

11.00 – 11.15: Tea and Coffee (Keynes College)

11.15 – 12.45: Panel Sessions

Panel 5: Queer New York (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

  • “Clones Go Home”: Masculinity on the Move in NYC, Dr. Thomas Morgan-Evans (University College London)
  • The Myth of the Gay “Golden Age” New York, Lois Walker (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Stonewall, Seedbed and the Contestations of Masculinity: Vito Acconci and the New York of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dr. Benjamin Greenman (Glasgow School of Art)

Panel 6: Crisis of Masculinity (Studio 2, Jarman Building, School of Arts)

  • Circulations: Useless Men In Postsocialist Chinese Cities, Dr. Pamela Hunt (SOAS University of London)
  • New York City and Traumatized Masculinity in Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, Dr. Valerio Coladonato (American University of Paris)
  • Lost in Tokyo and Besieged in Shanghai: the Emasculated Chinese Man in Yu Dafu and Weihui’s Stories, Flair Donglai Shi (Oxford University)

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch

13.45 – 15.15: Panel Sessions

Panel 7: Boxing (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

  • Vorticism and the ‘Boxing Wave’ of 1914, Dr Bernard Vere (Sothebys Institute of Art)
  • Satire and the City: The Construction of Place as Criticism of the Male Identity Crisis in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, Dr Imola Bülgözdi (University of Debrecen, Hungary)

Panel 8: New York Poets (Studio 2, Jarman Building, School of Arts)

  • Feminine Marvelous and Tough: Masculinity and New York School Memoir, Josh Schneiderman (CUNY Graduate Centre)
  • “As unpleasantly definitive as statuary”: Monuments and Camp Bodies in Frank O’Hara and Eileen Myles, Dr. Jordan Savage (University of Essex)
  • “This other gang”: towards a definition of the post-New York School, Dr Diarmuid Hester (Kingston University)

15.15 – 15.30: Tea and Coffee (Keynes College)

15.30 – 16.30: Panel Discussion (Keynes College Lecture Theatre 2)

Keynote Speakers and Professor Phil Hubbard (Professor of Urban Studies, University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)

16.30 – 17.30: Wine Reception (Keynes College)




Call for Registration

Call for Registration

University of Kent, Canterbury 22nd – 23rd April 2016


This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the University of Kent, takes as its starting point the range of complex and contradictory engagements between masculinity and the developing metropolis since the beginning of the twentieth century. Throughout this period the metropolis maintained a paradoxical status as a place of liberation and possibility, but simultaneously as one of alienation, sin, and oppression. The conference will explore responses to the modern city in visual art, film, and literature and will elucidate what this media can tell us about masculinity as it both asserts itself and registers its own anxieties in subsequent representations of the city. Papers from delegates and keynote speakers will navigate these positive and negative conditions, which encouraged complex responses within the framework of masculinity.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr. Peter Ferry, University College Dublin

Dr. Hamilton Carroll, University of Leeds

Dr. Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck, University of London



Postgraduate students / University of Kent Staff and Students: £15
Other researchers: £30

Conference Dinner (optional): £30

Registration will be required prior to the conference. Registration will close on the 1st April. Please click here to register and book your conference dinner.



Campus Accommodation

Premier Inn

Abode Canterbury

The Falstaff Hotel 


Getting to the University 

Rail/Bus/Road Directions

All hotels are in the city centre approximately a 20 minute bus or 10 minute taxi ride to the University. After arriving at the University please come to the main lobby of Keynes College to pick up your welcome pack between 9am and 9:30am on April 22nd.

For further enquiries, please contact us at Alternatively, tweet us @MascMetropolis.



James Finch (History of Art)

Hannah Huxley (Centre for American Studies)

Sara Janssen (Film)

Margaret Schmitz (History of Art)


With a special thanks to our sponsors: The University of Kent’s Humanities Faculty Research Fund, History of Art and Visual Cultures Research Centre, Aesthetics Research Centre, the Centre for Film and Media Research, and the Centre for American Studies.




Masculinity & The Metropolis 

Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd April 2016

University of Kent, Canterbury

Registration will be required prior to the conference. Registration opens on the 1st of March 2016. Details on how to register will follow in due course.

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