Black: The Literary Salon – Exploring Maleness, Masculinity and Selfhood

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Elnathan John, Thando Mgqolozana and Paul Mendez what it means to be a man today exploring issues surrounding male identity
Elnathan John, Thando Mgqolozana and Paul Mendez what it means to be a man today exploring issues surrounding male identity

Black: The Literary Salon is a quarterly celebration of the best in Black writing from across the world.

The second salon - Exploring Maleness, Masculinity and Selfhood will take place virtually on Thursday June 25th, featuring writers Elnathan John, Paul Mendez and Thando Mgqolozana. The discussion will be moderated by Panashe Chigumadzi. In light of the killing of George Floyd and the global reaction, this conversation about Black masculinity has become even more urgent.

The writers will consider what it means to be a man today exploring issues surrounding male identity: Is there really a crisis of masculinity? What does it mean to be a man under the hegemony of hetero-normative patriarchy, capitalism, pandemic and anti-Black racism? How do these forces affect and modify masculinity? How are men and boys affected by misogyny, homophobia, heterosexism and narrow definitions of manhood? How do we begin to talk about the joy and tenderness of being a man that is often occluded in popular discourse in favour of toxic masculinity?

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