The 2013 Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies annual conference will focus on Muslim women’s veiling practices in transnational contexts. The one and a half day conference is a forum of interdisciplinary discussion of the cultural and religious conservatism in both Euro-American and Muslim-majority societies, juxtaposed with a global situation in which women’s right to wear the headscarf has become a touchstone for issues and debates of various kinds. The veil has become a topic of fiery political debates across the world in the last two decades with racial or religious profiling becoming more commonplace, while Muslims have also developed a burgeoning veiling fashion industry involving Muslim as well as non-Muslim designers and manufacturers. It is thus politically, socially, and intellectually imperative to gain a deeper understanding of what the dynamics of veiling are.
This conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register here.