Conference Programme

Masculinity and the Metropolis

22nd – 23rd April

Please see our full conference programme below.

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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)





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