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Queen's University


Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives at Queen's is pleased to invite you to a lecture  by Dr. Zulfikar Hirji

The veil in contemporary art: a return to orientalism?

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This lecture examines the veil’s prevalence and transformation in contemporary art and museum exhibitions since the late 1990s up to the present-day. With a focus on images of the veil and veiling practices in the art of a range of contemporary artists including Shadi Ghadirian, Jananne Al-Ani, Shirin Neshat, Princess Hijab, Shepard Farey and Banksey, the lecture asks questions about the extent to which the veil in art practices is re-orientalising Islam and Muslims, and Muslim women in particular.

March 16th, 2:30-4:30, Dunning Hall 12


Biography of Dr. Hirji

Zulfikar Hirji is Associate Professor at York University. As anthropologist and social historian he is interested in how human societies articulate, represent and perform understandings of self, community and other. His research focuses on Muslim societies in a range of historical and contemporary contexts. He is particularly concerned with the diverse ways in which Muslims express and articulate issues of deep human concern as well as matters of daily life and interrogates knowledge produced about Muslims, by academics and others. His research interests have lead him to study a range of issues including the production and performance of identity, the roles of art, artists and cultural workers in making social change, the dynamics of family networks and inter-generational migration, the socio-legal formation of communal identity in colonial and nationalist contexts and in religiously plural societies. He has conducted archival research and multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in East Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North America. He is the editor of Diversity and Pluralism in Muslim Contexts (IB Tauris 2010), co-author and co-editor of The Ismailis, An Illustrated History (Azimuth 2008), and editor of Approaches to the Qur’an in Sub-Saharan Africa (OUP 2013).

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