Turkish Politics Specialist Group Virtual Book Launch Event with Sevgi Adak

PSA Turkish Politics Specialist Group is inviting you to its virtual book launch event in which Dr Sevgi Adak will present her new book Anti-Veiling Campaigns in Turkey: State, Society and Gender in the Early Republic published by I.B. Tauris and Bloomsbury.

The event will take place on Zoom on Monday, 6 June, between 17:00 – 19:00 BST.

The book will be discussed by Dr Nazanin Shahrokni, Assistant Professor of Gender and Globalisation, at the London School of Economics and Dr Gavin Brockett, Associate Professor and Vice-Dean of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier.

The event will be chaired by Professor Yaprak Gürsoy, European Institute, LSE.

The presentations will be followed by feedback from discussants and a Q&A session.
Registration for the event can be made on Eventbrite.

About the Book

Adak’s new book adopts a historical approach to examining the context and formation of the meanings of veiling and unveiling during interwar Turkey. In this book, Adak reveals how the interwar period marks a moment that the way women’s dress turned into an issue of national mobilisation. She uncovers the complexities of the Kemalist modernisation project by presenting unpublished archival data and investigating how women responded to anti-veiling campaigns. The book shifts the focus from the high politics of the elite to the implementation of state policies and situates the anti-veiling campaigns as a space where the Kemalist reforms were negotiated, compromised and resisted by societal actors.

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