ULU Women's Studies: 'Power, piety, and the image: Gender in contemporary Islamic visual culture'
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A lecture by Alicia Izharuddin from SOAS
The Western public discourse on Islam and gender has a visual quality that can summed up with a few key words: hijab, beards, and turbans. And during the age of post-9/11 and 7/7, this public discourse has increasingly taken on a toxic Orientalist character with repressive and violent real life repercussions. The visuality of Islam and gender, however, has been reclaimed by Muslim media producers who seek to redress the negativity of ‘their’ image. Taking into consideration the role of capital and the transnational in the production of Islamic visual media in Southeast Asia, this lecture is about the challenges such media producers face in media-saturated societies and the gross mal-distribution of power and control of the global/local media.
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