Ted Swedenburg: "The Palestinian Kufiya: Solidarity and/vs Fashion"

Washington, DC

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is proud to present:

The Palestinian Kufiya: Solidarity and/vs. Fashion

Featurning: Ted Swedenburg

Dr. Swedenburg's talk investigates what some have called the "kufiya craze,” the moment (roughly 2004-2009) when the Palestinian kufiya was embraced by Western celebrities, fashion designers, and hipsters, and the debates and controversies that ensued, including claims that it represented terrorist sympathies or that it represented the commodification and degradation of an important political symbol.

Dr. Ted Swedenburg received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Texas in 1988. He has taught at the University of Washington-Seattle, the American University in Cairo, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas and Jamal Daniel visiting professor of Levantine Studies at Georgetown University.

His publications include: Memories of Revolt: The 1936-39 Rebellion and the Palestinian National Past (University of Minnesota Press, 1995; University of Arkansas Press, 2003); Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Popular Culture, co-edited with Rebecca Stein (Duke University Press, 2005); and Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity, co-edited with Smadar Lavie (Duke University Press, 1996). He is currently working on a book manuscript, Interzone Radio, that deals with the role of popular music in the construction of hybrid, ethnic, national, and transnational identities in the greater Arabo-Islamic world. He is also working on a book on the history and the transnational circulation of the Palestinian kufiya. Dr. Swedenburg serves on the editorial committee of Middle East Report, and is the book series editor, with Paul Silverstein and Susan Slyomovics, of Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, from Indiana University Press. 

This event is an installment of the 2011-2012 CCAS Faculty Lecture Series.

Light refreshments will be served.

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