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5th December, 2019

Book launch: ‘Work that Body: Male Bodies in Digital Culture’

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Event Details

5th December, 2019
18:00 -
Tait Building
City, University of London
Northampton Square

A joint event between the Gender & Sexualities Research Centre at City and UEA Gender Studies.

Work That Body explores how the male body has been represented by, constructed in, and experienced through digital media during the age of austerity. Analysing examples including muscular bodies on social media, the mediation of chemsex and celebrity nudity, it finds that on the one hand digital media has enabled men to transform their bodies into tools of value-creation in an economic context when their traditional breadwinning capacities have been diminished. On the other, it has allowed them to use their bodies to form intimate collective bonds during a moment when competitive individualism continues to be insisted on as the privileged mode of being in the world.

Join the author Dr Jamie Hakim and respondents Professor Helen Wood (Lancaster), Dr Catherine Rottenberg (Nottingham) and Professor Stephen Maddison (Brighton) as they discuss masculinity and digital media in the age of austerity.

About the speakers

Jamie Hakim worked at Attitude magazine from 2003 before becoming an academic, and is now Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. He is Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project ‘Digital Intimacies: how gay and bisexual men use their smartphones to negotiate their cultures of intimacy’ which is partnered with the Terrance Higgins Trust. Work That Body is his first book.

Catherine Rottenberg is Associate Professor in American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her book The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Stephen Maddison is Professor and Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton and the author of Fags, Hags and Queer Sisters: Gender Dissent and Heterosocial Bonds in Gay Culture (Macmillan).

Helen Wood is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University. Her work on gender, class and inequality includes the book Talking with Television (Illinois) and the recent article ‘The Malaguf Girl: a public sex scandal and the digital class relations of social contagion’.

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