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5th December, 2012

Masculinities and Fashion – Current and Recent Work

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5th December, 2012
5.30pm - 7.30pm
RHS Centre Space, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ
Free, but booking required

The Cultural and Historical Studies Hub present
Masculinities and Fashion – Current and Recent Work

The Cultural and Historical Studies hub is pleased to welcome Rachel Lifter, Serkan Delice and Ben Whyman who will give a panel presentation: Current and recent work on masculinities and fashion.

Rachel Lifter’s recent work places in dialogue some of the representations of male indie musicians with empirical work which focuses on indie fashion. This work highlights the ambivalence into these representations. On the one hand, they produce a discourse of authenticity that disavows fashion, but on the other hand, these representations are produced precisely through the tools of the fashion industry.

Serkan Delice’s PhD research delves into the transformation of masculinities in the Middle East as a result of Westernization and heteronormalization in the nineteenth century. Drawing on the late-Foucauldian project of inventing new affective and relational modes of life through a transformation of homosexuality into an ‘ethics of friendship’, his work explore anxieties and ambiguities of masculinity to be able to identify alternative relationalities, intimacies, acts, styles, forms of subjectivity and a different regime of bodies and pleasures not coded in terms of the Western construct of sexuality. I

Ben Whyman’s recently commenced PhD focuses on an analysis of three wardrobes of twentieth century menswear which form part of the collection at the V&A. Here, he will work with material object analysis to explore how this methdology can augment biographical and museological interpretations of masculine lives.

For more information please click here.

Students, staff and researchers from across the University are welcome. Please RSVP to Janice Miller.

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