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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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LECTURE: Turkey’s Middle East and Wider Foreign Policies

LECTURE: Turkey’s Middle East and Wider Foreign Policies

London | Society of Antiquaries

16 May 2019 18:00 to 19:30

A BIAA London Lecture by Sir David Logan (BIAA Vice-President and former British Ambassador to Turkey).  

For decades Turkey had virtually no Middle East policy.  Ataturk had decreed that Turkey’s future lay with the secular West, not with the remains of the old Ottoman Empire or Iran.  Elsewhere, Turkey was bordered mainly by an old enemy, Russia, and a newer one, Greece.  This changed with the break-up of the Soviet Union; the rise of oil-rich Arab states; growing prosperity but also growing energy dependency on Russia and Iran; and – a novelty for Turkey – the assumption of power by a party which was not militantly secularist.  In recent years, Turkey has become embroiled in conflict in the Middle East, in particular in Syria.  Its relations with Europe and the United States are in flux.  Will Turkey become part of Middle Eastern turmoil rather than a bastion against it?

Keywords: Contemporary Turkey; Foreign Policy

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