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Mediating Modesty: Disscussion, Session Two

15 June 11

Mediating Modesty: Fashioning Faithful Bodies

Discussion at the symposium held at the London College of Fashion on 15th June 2011. The event was hosted by the research project, part of the Religion and Society Programme, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences Research Councils.

Session Two discussion, chaired by Sarah Cheang, with panellists Emma Tarlo and Barbara Goldman Carrel

Discussion and comments covered issues including how mainstream fashion demands and offerings relate to the specialist needs of specific groups such as Hasidic Jews; whether men as well as women look to be stylish within the codes prescribed by religion; other gender implications implicit in the language surrounding modest dress; the use of the term “sub-cultural” in the context of modest fashion; gradations of strictness of observance within conservative strands of a faith; orthodoxy’s relationship with modernity.

[The audience was invited to join in making comments and putting questions to the speakers following each session of the symposium. For technical reasons the quality of the recorded sound is poorer than in the main conference addresses.] 18.11

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