Professor Marianne Franklin of Goldsmiths University of London joins us at Whitecliffe for a special lecture titled 'Veil Dressing as/and Fashion'
For women in parts Europe, France and Belgium in particular, dressing in a visibly Muslim way in public now means breaking the law, as so-called “Burqa-ban” discourses become a feature of political and public discourse around Europe. Where not illegal, Muslim women – citizens, residents, refugees - can be subjected to various degrees of disapproval by employers and public servants, including verbal abuse, and even physical violence when in public wearing a headscarf (hijab) or other variations of the veil (e.g. niqab or chador). At the same time scholars have been tracking the rise of Islamic fashion as a thriving industry around the world, with its own designer labels, retail outlets, and fashion photographers who cater for Muslim women living in the West.
This talk is an exploration into the cultural geopolitics of “what not to wear” (Franklin 2013, 2016), draws on a chapter in “The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World” edited by Andreas Behnke (Routledge 2016). It focuses on how non-Muslim critical scholars and designers can encounter, indeed embrace the cultural and sartorial diversity of veil dressing as fashion, despite a climate of increasing fear and intolerance towards the visibly Muslim Other living in liberal democracies.
Marianne Franklin is Professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths (University of London) where she convenes the Global Media and Transnational Communications MA program. Previous books include Postcolonial Politics, the Internet and Everyday Life (Routledge 2004) and Resounding International Relations: On Music, Culture, and Politics (Palgrave 2005). Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet, is out with Oxford University Press. You can follow her on Twitter Glocomm Inc
Whitecliffe College of Art and Design
13 April 2016
6.30pm – 8pm
Level 5 Lecture Hall
24 Balfour Road, Parnell
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