LECTURE: Headscarf-wearing fashion professionals: new roles and old challenges in contemporary Turkey

02 May 2019 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, 1st Floor, 06690

A BIAA lecture by Magdalena Crăciun (Ph.D UCL), Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Bucharest.

Discussant: Besim Can Zırh (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University)

Summary of Event: The articulation of faith and fashion seems to many oxymoronic, generating confusion and provoking condemnation. Nevertheless, the Islamic fashion industry is thriving. In this lecture, based on her book Islam, Faith and Fashion, The Islamic Fashion Industry in Turkey (Bloomsbury 2017), anthropologist Magdalena Crăciun discusses entrepreneurship in Islamic fashion and its challenges in contemporary Turkey. She focuses extensively on the inherent contradictions in the experience of a new category of participants in this industry, namely headscarf-wearing fashion professionals. They are not only the most active and appreciated contributors to the development of a new aesthetics of modernity, but also the most exposed to the criticism that Islamic fashion engenders on conceptual, moral, and religious grounds.  

This event is part of the BIAA lecture series on Late Ottoman, Early Republican and Contemporary Turkish History. This year's series explores the theme 'Gender, Culture and Politics'.

Dr. Magdalena Crăciun is Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Bucharest. She obtained her PhD at University College London and was Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2011/2012) at BIAA and Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow (2013-2015) at University College London. She carried out long-term fieldwork in Romania and Turkey and published on dress and materiality; Islamic fashion, aesthetics and ethics; informal economy; fake brands and authenticity.


Dr. Besim Can Zırh is an assistant professor of Social Anthropology at the Middle East Technical University (Ankara), Sociology Department. He received his PhD from UCL Social Anthropology Department in 2012 and previous graduated from Political Sciences (MSc) in 2005 and Sociology (BA) in 2002 – METU. Dr. Zirh has been working on transnational migration, diaspora politics and Alevism. 

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