Our panel of speakers from academia and the media industry discuss how celebrity culture circulates, tests, and reinforces ideas about how to be/what it is to be male.
Meriem Adib is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked with male celebrities such as Idris Elba, Premiership footballers, Bear Grylls and James Cracknell. She campaigns for safer conditions for sex workers.
Professor Joanne Begiato is a professor of History at Oxford Brookes University specialising in masculinities. She has also authored books including Manliness in Britain 1760-1900: Bodies, Emotions, and Material Culture.
Dr Bridget Dalton is a commercial semiotician for cultural insight agency Sign Salad, for whom she conducts in depth reports on the cultural coding of masculinity. She has a PhD on (mostly male) Modernist poets.
Tim Hughes is a brand strategist and owner of the consultancy The Brief Doctor. In 19 years working with TV channel brands from Dave’s Witty Banter to TLC’s high-femme reality shows, he is well acquainted with the way audiences are (sometimes unhelpfully) imagined to be gendered.
Nels Abbey is an author, journalist, and media executive. His book, Think Like a White Man, released this summer, offers a satirical take on white, male privilege. Signed copies will be available for purchase after the panel discussion.
The session will be chaired by Dr Hannah Yelin, Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture, Oxford Brookes University.
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