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Gender Lunch Talks | Beauty as a Feminist Keyword: Reflections on Fieldwork in Turkey, and a Manifesto

Dec 15, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Gender Lunch Talks, 15.12.2022

Gender Lunch Talks, 15.12.2022
Image Credit: CeDiS Fu Berlin

Das Margherita-von-Brentano-Zentrum präsentiert im Sommersemester 2022 erneut an drei Terminen Projekte und Neuerscheinungen aus dem Bereich der Geschlechterforschung der Freien Universität Berlin. Die Gender Lunch Talks sind in diesem Semester als Online- und Hybridveranstaltungen geplant.

Alle Interessierten sind herzlich dazu eingeladen, Lunch »mitzubringen« und mitzudiskutieren!


Prof. Dr. Claudia Liebelt, Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie

In recent years, feminist scholars have contributed to an interdisciplinary debate on beauty, which focuses on gendered desires, affectivity, and projects of self-making amidst a global boom in beauty products and services. Drawing on the emergent field of Critical Beauty Studies and ethnographic fieldwork on middle-class femininity in urban Turkey, this lecture explores the salience and potential of beauty as a feminist keyword in anthropology. Beauty norms and body images materialize in intimate encounters and particular settings. In Turkey, the recent extension of the urban beauty economy has created spaces of possibility and aesthetic desires for ordinary gendered subjects “taking care of themselves.” With its neoliberal emphasis on self-care, the urban beauty economy has fuelled the emergence of new "feminine" subjectivities and affective desires. Finally, I argue in favour of a relational feminist ethnography and pedagogy of beauty, which is conscious of what we define as beautiful, desirable, harmful, or healthy and what the implications are of doing so.


Teilnahme unter: https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m90b0ada1b53e196ca46c8b901b6ea4c3
Meeting-Kennnummer: 2731 086 4495
Passwort: mpD3KgMVZ66

Oder in der Rost-und Silberlaube, Raum KL 29/137

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