Book Launch: Anti-Veiling Campaigns in Turkey: State, Society and Gender in the Early Republic

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Dear Colleagues,

I would like to inform you about the online launch event organized by the Political Studies Association Turkish Politics Specialist Group for my book Anti-Veiling Campaings in Turkey: State, Society and Gender in the Early Republic. I am attaching further details below.

PSA Turkish Politics Specialist Group Virtual Book Launch Event

Anti-Veiling Campaigns in Turkey: State, Society and Gender in the Early Republic by Sevgi Adak, published by I.B. Tauris.

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, 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:

In this comprehensive analysis of the anti-veiling campaigns in interwar Turkey, Sevgi Adak casts light onto the historical context within which the meanings of veiling and unveiling in Turkey were formed. By shifting the focus from the high politics of the elite to the implementation of state policies, the book situates the anti-veiling campaigns as a space where the Kemalist reforms were negotiated, compromised and resisted by societal actors. Using previously unpublished archival material, Adak reveals the intricacies of the Kemalist modernisation process and provides a nuanced reading of the gender order established in the early republic by looking at the various ways women responded to the anti-veiling campaigns. A major contribution to the literature on the social history of modern Turkey, the book provides a complex analysis of these campaigns which goes beyond a simple binary between liberation and oppression.