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Conference in Oxford: Coercion or Empowerment -- Official Anti-Veiling Campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

A one day conference focusing on official anti-veiling campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia in the 1920s-30s from a comparative historical perspective.

Friday 23rd September 2011


Morning session: 11am - 1pm IRAN

Chair and discussant: Soraya Tremayne (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and St. Antony's College, Oxford)

Unveiling and Women's Response During the Reza Shah Pahlavi Period
Hamideh Sedghi (Harvard University and the New School University)

God Fights Back? Authoritarian Modernization and the Islamist Response
Touraj Atabaki (University of Leiden and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam)

Dressing Up: Veils and Consumer Fashion in Interwar Iran
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, (University of Pennsylvania)

Representations of Women and Veiling with the Advent of Cinema in the Middle East
Anna Fahr (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University)

Lunch 1 - 2pm

Afternoon session: 2 - 3.30pm CENTRAL ASIA AND AFGHANISTAN

Chair and discussant: Edmund Herzig, (Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies and Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford)

Coercion or Empowerment? A woman-centred analysis of Uzbekistan's unveiling campaign
Marianne Kamp (University of Wyoming)

Religiosity and "modernization" in Soviet Central Asia: unveiling campaigns in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan recollected
Timur Dadabaev (University of Tsukuba and University of Tokyo)

The Veil in Afghanistan
Tom Wide (D.Phil candidate, Balliol, Oxford)

Afternoon tea and coffee

3.30 - 4pm Afternoon session: 4 - 5.30pm TURKEY

Chair and discussant: Laurent Mignon (Oriental Institute and St Antony's College, Oxford).

From the Face Veil to Cloche Hat: The Backward Ottoman v. Modern Turkish Woman in Urban Public Discourse
Kathryn Libal (University of Connecticut)

Negotiating the Kemalist Image of Woman: Everyday Forms of Resistance to Unveiling in Early Republican Turkey
Murat Metinsoy (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)

Anti-Veiling Campaigns and Women's Agency in Early Republican Turkey: A View from the Local
Sevgi Adak (Leiden University and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam)

Organised and convened by

Convened by Dr Stephanie Cronin, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford
Supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation and the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford


Dahrendorf Room
St Antony's College
62 Woodstock Road
Oxford OX2 6JF


Registration in advance is advised as space is limited - Email Dr Stephanie

£10 (payable at the door; cash and cheques only, includes morning and afternoon tea and coffee)


Dr Stephanie Cronin

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