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

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

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room

02 May 2019 19:00 to 21:00

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

Discussant: Besim Can Zıhr (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'.

Keywords: Anthropology of Fashion; Contemporary Turkey.

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