6pm to 7.30pm
Discussion and Launch of an International Handbook
Veils and veiling are controversial topics in social and political life, generating debates across the world. The veil is enmeshed within a complex web of relations encompassing politics, religion, aesthetics and gender, and conflicts over the nature of power, legitimacy, belief, freedom, agency and emancipation. In recent years, the veil has become a potent and unsettling symbol and a rallying-point for discourse and rhetoric concerning women, religion, globalization, migration and politics.
Celebrating the recent publication of The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Practices, the discussion brings together a trans-disciplinary panel of scholars, who encompass fields such as fashion studies, veiling studies, religious studies and globalization studies. The panel discussion will consider the intersections between veiling, transnational connectivity and fashion, and how to study these now and in the future.
There will be a drinks reception after the discussion. To reserve a free space, register via eventbrite.
Dr Claire Dwyer is a social geographer based in the Department of Geography, UCL. She is the co-leader of the department's Culture and Migration Research Group, and the co-director of the Migration Research Unit. Her research interests include migration, transnationalism and religion; geographies of race, racism and ethnicity; and geographies of gender and feminist geography.
Reina Lewis is Professor of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, UAL. Her research interests include Fashion and Faith, especially internet retail, blogs and magazines; Fashion and Islam, especially historical and contemporary veiling debates; critical approaches to Orientalism, especially travel writing, photography, and Orientalist painting; Middle Eastern and Ottoman women's history (1800-1945); and postcolonial theory.
David Inglis is Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki. Before that, he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter and the University of Aberdeen. He holds degrees in sociology from the Universities of Cambridge and York. He writes in the areas of cultural sociology, the sociology of globalization, historical sociology, the sociology of food and drink, and social theory, both modern and classical.
Dr Anna-Mari Almila is Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, UAL. She writes in the fields of cultural, global and historical sociology, and her topics include Islamic fashion; the historical/political construction of urban spaces; the materiality of dress and globalized fashion; the history of fashion studies; and gendered wine and food mediation and mediatisation.