Thursday, October 16, 2008
Jennifer Heath "The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces"
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Jennifer Heath is the editor of The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics (University of California Press, 2008). She is an independent scholar, curator and writer, the author of nine works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Scimitar and The Veil: Extraordinary Women of Islam and A House White With Sorrow: A Ballad for Afghanistan.
Heath discusses the veiling of women, men, and sacred places and objects, which has existed in countless cultures and religions throughout history. Today, veiling is a globally polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West and between contemporary and traditional interpretations of Islam. But veiling was a practice long before Islam and still extends far beyond the Middle East.
Heath's multimedia presentation -- including a 24-minute film, Hollywood Harems, by Tania Kamal-Eldin -- will explore and examine the history and politics of veiling around the world.