FAITH AND FASHION: Dress, politics, and belonging post-Brexit
Wednesday 30th November 2016
18.30 Doors open
18.45 – 20.00 Panel Discussion
20.00 – 21.00 Reception
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Professor Reina Lewis of London College of Fashion (LCF) brings Faith and Fashion to Asia House to discuss the heightened political significance of the religiously dressed body in post-Brexit Britain and beyond.
Exploring the importance of appearance in debates about race, ethnicity, migration, religion, and national belonging will be: Jacqueline Nicholls, Jewish educator, internationally exhibited artist, and regular contributor to BBC Radio 2 Pause for Thought; James Welch, legal director of Liberty; Ruth Yimika Awogbade, founder and editor of Magnify magazine, described by the Huffington Post as 'the Christian Women's Magazine breaking every stereotype’; and Elif Shafak, political columnist and best-selling author of award-winning titles such as The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour.
LCF’s collaboration with Asia House thinks constructively about how the UK moves into a new set of relationships with the EU and Europe, and therefore with Asia and the rest of the world. Come along and help evaluate the opportunities and challenges for those concerned with the cultural politics of dress. Come along and help evaluate the opportunities and challenges for those concerned with the cultural politics of dress.
Reina Lewis is Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her books include: Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures (2015), Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem (2004), and Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation (1996). She is editor of Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith, (2013).
Reina is a frequent media commentator – most recently for the New York Times, Le Monde, BBC World, BBC Radio, CBC radio, The Guardian, The Times, Marie-Claire magazine, Elle Brazil, Businessoffashion.com, Fortune.com, and Huffington Post.
She convenes the public talk series Faith and Fashion at the London College of Fashion. For more information click here.
Jacqueline Nicholls is a London based visual artist and Jewish educator. She uses her art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. She co-ordinates the Art Studio and other Arts & Culture events at JW3, and regularly teaches at the London School of Jewish Studies. Jacqueline’s art has been exhibited in solo shows and significant contemporary Jewish Art group shows in the UK, USA and Israel, and she was recently artist-in-resident in Venice with Beit Venezia. For more information click here.
28 year-old Ruth Yimika Awogbade founded MAGNIFY Magazine whilst studying Politics at Durham University in 2008. Initially beginning with events, MAGNIFY is now an active source of content with its blog and print magazine. Engaging with women across the world, Ruth’s activities with MAGNIFY stem from her personal testimony of discovering the beauty of a personal relationship with Christ and her passion to share that with other women. The rich diversity of the team reflects the unique approach of the organisation in providing a platform to explore issues from contemporary culture to relationships, all inspired by the Christian faith.
James Welch is Legal Director of Liberty. Since joining Liberty in February 2000, James has led on many high-profile cases challenging discrimination, curbs to the right to protest and state surveillance. He is currently leading Liberty’s challenge to the security services’ interception of communications in the European Court of Human Rights, and represents MP Tom Watson in his ongoing challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.
Born in Strasbourg, France, Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as ‘one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature. Writing in Turkish and English, her books have been published in more than 40 countries and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. She has published 13 books, nine of which are novels. Blending Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, Elif brings out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls. She is also an active political commentator, columnist and public speaker; her writing appears in major newspapers in Turkey and the Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist and The Guardian.
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Mariam.Neza@asiahouse.co.uk, Programme Manager and Curator, Arts and Learning