Welcome

Welcome to the History of Masculinity Project, a long-term research initiative advancing the study of men and masculinity from a strictly historical perspective.

Warning

Please do not read or view this website if frank discussion and explicit images involving masculinity and the male body are likely to trigger, offend, or otherwise discomfit you.

The Masculine Gaze

For over two millennia, Western man did not have a sex. Conceived as an ideal political and rational being, he subjected others to inspection via the masculine gaze.

Reversing the Gaze

The History of Masculinity Project reverses the gaze, looking at men as men, not abstract political ideals—men embodying concrete forms of sex, gender, sexuality.

21st Jul

Course ➤ Sparta in Western Politics

Sparta takes captive the imaginations of Western political thinkers and actors even before, but certainly in, the classical Greece of Plato.

21st Jul

Course ➤ Roman Political Thought

This course considers landmark Roman political ideas and institutions and their impact on later Western politics.

21st Jul

Course ➤ Classical Political Thought

In this course we reflect deeply on seminal works in what will become known as the Western political tradition.

27th Jun
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Idea ➤ Man as Nomad

Central to nomad theory is the concept of becoming: change and flux, transformation and innovation.

27th Jun
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Book ➤ Masculinities in Theory

There's a new academic discipline in town: Men and Masculinities

24th Jun
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Idea ➤ Radical Masculinity

Radical masculinity can generate revolutionary political action. Therein lies its promise and its danger.

22nd Jun
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Rage and Classical Masculinity

Since Homer's Iliad, rage and masculinity have been bosom brothers in the West

17th Jun
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Idea ➤ Ancient Matriarchy

Ancient matriarchy interested French feminists like Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, and Luce Irigaray

18th May

Idea ➤ Phallus vs. Penis

How are we to understand the Phallus?

01st May

Idea ➤ Plato’s Vagina

Is Plato's cave, without question the most renowned element in Plato's Republic, actually Plato's womb—and, if so, where is Plato's vagina?

01st Mar

Queer Alliances

What do we mean by "queer"? How can we maintain and build our queer alliances?

21st Jan

Biopower

When exactly did biopower begin? Where is biopower today?

20th Jan
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Sex & Politics

Help me conceive and give birth to a new course. On sex. And politics.

11th Nov

Slavery and Power

How are modern freedom and modern slavery linked?

02nd Feb

Why Do Anger and Politics Go Together?

You don't have to look long to find anger in politics. It all started in Sparta.

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