Masculinities Hub

Male models, dressed in white, looking at camera
Copyright Image by Michiel Meewis & all models by AMCK Models, designer Anna Bezgubenko.

Hub coordinators - Dr Shaun Cole and Nilgin Yusuf

The Masculinities Research Hub convenes practitioners and theorists interested in all aspects of menswear and masculinities. This cross-disciplinary hub fosters the exploration of the multiple meanings and forms of contemporary and historic masculinities. The plural ‘masculinities’ is used to reflect the increasingly broad definition of various social and cultural groups.

Formerly subsumed into gender studies and queer theory, this visionary hub forefronts the germane subject of masculinities through theory and practice. Areas of interest will include the media, imagery, business, production, consumption, representation, design, history, health, fitness and sport, music and performance, grooming, age, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as the body and dressed appearance.

LCF has a long tradition of engaging with menswear and masculinity and the hub will explore the future of what masculinities might look like and be perceived as being in a broad range of cultural contexts. It will be a forum for multiple perspectives from makers, scholars and commentators and aims to cultivate lively dialogue and develop novel research outputs, through round table discussions, themed symposia, workshops, and presentations.

UAL Staff, students, and colleagues external to the University, are welcome to join associated activities relevant to the hub's aims and objectives.

Group members

PhD Students

  • Tim Arrowsmith - A biography of black leather and motorcycle practice in post-War British subculture (Supervisors: Pamela Church Gibson and Dr Shaun Cole)
  • Liza Betts
  • Lorraine Henry - Good Guys in Black; Costume & Ethnicity in Hollywood (Supervisors:Pamela Church Gibson, Agnes Treplin and Dr Shaun Cole )
  • Matteo Molinari
  • Mario Roman
  • Ben Whyman
  • Antonis Daikos - A practice-based investigation of exhibition-making as a method to display contemporary gender - neutral fashion in museums and gallery spaces (Supervisors: TBC)