Conference “MAN2017: Europe talks on masculinity”

“MAN2017: Europe talks on masculinity”

June 5-7, 2017, Belgrade, Serbia

Hotel Radisson Blu Old Mill


“MAN2017: Europe talks on masculinity” is a seventh annual expert conference organized by Center E8 together in cooperation with Promundo – a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. Being already recognized as one of most prominent conferences of its kind in Serbia and in Balkan region, this year’s MAN conference is being organized on European, as well as on international level.

The conference brings together experts who, in their respective fields, work on issues of gender, gender equality, violence prevention and promotion of positive social values and changes, especially among the youth. During the seven years of it being organized, the conference has become a platform for exchange of views and experiences of experts, at the national, regional but also at broader, international level. This three-day event is designed to provide opportunities for learning and advancement of knowledge of youth workers, activists and professionals who use the knowledge of feminist and critical theories of masculinity in their work.


Conference program: MAN2017 agenda [CLICK HERE]


Key note speakers:

Gary Barker

Gary Barker is President and CEO of Promundo. He has conducted extensive global research and program development around engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention, and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy dynamics between men and women. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 600 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, among other themes. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been honored with an Ashoka Fellowship, a fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and the Vital Voices Solidarity Award. Gary earned a PhD in child and adolescent development from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University.


Jeff Hearn

Jeff Hearn is Senior Professor, based in Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden; Research Professor in Sociology, University of Huddersfield, Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Finland. He has published extensively on such questions as: gender, sexuality and violence; men’s violence against women and children; critical studies on men and masculinities; work, organisations and management; globalisation and transnationalisation; social policy; and social theory. He is managing co-editor of Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality book series, and c-editor of Norma: the International Journal for Masculinity Studies. His books include: The Violences of Men (Sage, 1998); Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Organizations (with Wendy Parkin, Sage, 2001); Rethinking Transnational Men (edited with Marina Blagojević and Katherine Harrison, Routledge, 2013); Men of the World: Genders, Globalizations, Transnational Times (Sage, 2015); and Men’s Stories for a Change: Ageing Men Remember (with the Older Men’s Memory Work Group, Common Ground, 2016).



Together with main conference program, two of Center E8’s socially engaged theater plays will be performed during the conference, with entrance being covered for participants. 1. Macho men – theater play about masculinity here and now; 2. RED: Suicide of nation – theater play deals with the position of women in Serbia, misogyny, and violence against women, the issue of abortion as the common denominator for women’s rights.


More information about the conference will be available on this page.

For more information about the conference, please contact Center E8 Program Manager Maja Josić at


Key dates:

Deadline for registration for participation – June 1st 2017

MAN2017: Europe talks on masculinity conference – June 5th, 6th and 7th


Also, immediately after MAN2017 conference you can join us for the second-ever MenCare Global Meeting in Belgrade, Serbia. Hosted by Promundo, Sonke Gender Justice, Center E8, and the MenCare Steering Committee, the meeting will bring together global participants to share and exchange new findings, lessons learned, and reflections from the field of engaging men as fathers and caregivers for gender equality. The meeting will be held June 8-10, 2017 

For more information about the MenCare Global Meeting, please contact Promundo-US Senior Program Officer Jane Kato-Wallace at

RSVP details, agenda, and additional information for both events to follow. 

МАN2017 conference is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and OSCE Mission to Serbia

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