Online Zoom Forum: Transforming Masculinity.

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Tommy J. Curry, Ph.D, MPH
Personal Chair of Africana Philosophy & Black Male Studies
Department of Philosophy
The University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences

Editor of Black Male Studies: A Series Exploring the Paradoxes of Racially Subjugated Males (Temple University Press)
Author of Another white Man's Burden: Josiah Royce's Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire (2018): Winner of the Josiah Royce Award in American Idealist Thought (2020)
The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (2017): Winner of the American Book Award (2018)
The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (2016).

Bio: Tommy J. Curry joined the Philosophy Department at the University of Edinburgh in the Fall of 2019. His research interests are in Africana Philosophy and the Black Radical Tradition. His areas of specialization are: 19th century ethnology, Critical Race Theory, Social Political Theory, and Black Male Studies. He is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press 2017), which won the 2018 American Book Award. He is the author of Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of Racial Empire (SUNY Press 2018), and has re-published the forgotten philosophical works of William Ferris as The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (Rowman & Littlefield 2016). He is also the editor of the first book series dedicated to the study of Black males entitled Black Male Studies: A Series Exploring the Paradoxes of Racially Subjugated Males on Temple University Press. Dr. Curry is currently co-editing (with Daw-nay Evans) the forthcoming anthology Contemporary African American Philosophy: Where Do We Go from Here on Bloomsbury Publishing (2019). His research has been recognized by Diverse as placing him among the Top 15 Emerging Scholars in the United States in 2018, and his public intellectual work earned him the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy’s Alain Locke Award in 2017. He is a past recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation and A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellowship (2017), and the past president of Philosophy Born of Struggle, one of the oldest Black philosophy organizations in the United States.

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022.
Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).
Event Description: This Online Zoom Forum will discuss Transforming Masculinity.



Simon Barrow, Director, Ekklesia.




Councillor Graham Campbell.

Bio: Graham is a veteran political campaigner and community activist who in May 2017, was elected as Glasgow's first African Caribbean Councillor. Graham was instrumental in Glasgow City Council holding its first ever official Black History Month event hosted by the Lord Provost in October 2017.

He has a strong interest in supporting care-experienced young people, trade union rights, community empowerment, protecting cultural heritage, protecting refugee and migrant communities and housing issues including protecting tenants from slum landlords.

Graham is a regular public speaker on Black Politics, African Caribbean History and Public Affairs. He is Project Leader of 'Flag Up Scotland Jamaica' a twinning exchange project formed during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A longstanding cultural producer, musician and dub poet, Graham is a Co-Producer of African Caribbean Cultures Glasgow which at the 2014 Commonwealth Games produced Emancipation Acts, a street theatre based on the 2008 historical work by Dr Stephen Mullen "It Wisnae Us: The Truth About Glasgow and Slavery" about the slavery legacy of Glasgow's Tobacco Lords, Sugar Barons and Cotton Kings.

Richard H. Roberts.

Bio: Richard H. Roberts (né Vodvarka) is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies (Lancaster University), and held the Chair of Divinity at the University of St Andrews during a time of dramatic change in university governance. Currently, Richard Roberts is Honorary Fellow at New College, University of Edinburgh.

Professor Roberts’ books include: Hope and its Hieroglyph: A Critical Decipherment of Ernst Bloch's 'Principle of Hope' (Scholars Press, 1990); A Theology on Its Way: Essays on Karl Barth (T. & T. Clark, 1992); co-edited with J.M.M. Good, The Recovery of Rhetoric: Persuasive Discourse and Disciplinarity in the Human Sciences (Duckworth/ University of Virginia Press, 1993); edited, Religion and the Transformations of Capitalism: Comparative Approaches (Routledge, 1995); co-edited with Joanne Pearson and Geoffrey Samuel, Nature Religion Today: Paganism in the Modern World (Edinburgh University Press, 1998); co-edited with Scott Lash and Andrew Quick, Time and Value, (1998); and Religion, Theology and the Human Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2001/2).

Recent publications include: ‘God’ in Johannes Sachhuber, Judith Wolfe and Joel D. S. Rasmussen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth Century Christian Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 573-590; ‘Theological Revisionism and the Recomposition of the Religio-spiritual Field’ in Translating Wor(l)ds: Christianity across Cultural Boundaries Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Saenz (ed.), Collectanea Instituti Anthropos Baden-Baden: Academia/Nomos (2019), pp. 305-333; and 'Hugh MacDiarmid’s "On Raised Beach": "Geopoetics" in a Time of Catastrophic Crisis’, Religions 2022, 13(1), Special Issue Literature and Eco- theology 31;

Richard Roberts’ current research interests include ‘managerial modernity’; the interface between music, performance and ritual; place and identity; shamanism and altered states of consciousness; critical interrogation of the polarisation between theology and religious studies; and theological issues concerned with sexuality, embodiment and ecology.  



Prof. Tommy J. Curry will speak for one hour, followed by responses by Graham Campbell, Richard H. Roberts, and Simon Barrow, followed by Q & A.


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Transforming Masculinity

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