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The Cultural Significance of Hair
Speaker: Dr Ozlem Koksal

Talk Abstract:
How do we understand our existing perceptions and ideas of what hair represents and what it means?
Hair is manipulated, shaped, collected and traded. It can be a form of resistance, or a punishment, it is sculpted to be displayed or treated as sacred and to be shielded. Hair is also very much entangled with identity politics, as well as cultural rituals. This talk will contextualise hair and looks at cases of discrimination based on practices around hair, using examples from visual culture, as well as posing questions as to what orients these texts and artefacts and what constitutes the norm.

Speaker Bio:
Ozlem Koksal is a Senior Lecturer at Westminster School of Arts and Course Leader on the Film, Television and Moving Image, MA. Ozlem’s research focuses on the intersection between issues concerning race, ethnicity, minorities and displacement, and their representation in visual culture. She is the author of Aesthetics of Displacement: Turkey and Its Minorities on Screen (Bloomsbury, 2016) and has published on ethnicity, memory and denial, as well as space and its representation in film.
More recently, Koksal started working on a project that seeks to explore the cultural significance of hair (both its presence and absence) by investigating its uses in contemporary visual culture.

Accessibility & Information
This talk with have BSL interpretators & closed captioning.
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Jul 18, 2022 01:00 PM in London

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