Fashioning Modesty | Newberry

Fashioning Modesty

Clothing and Morality in American Culture
Thursday, October 9, 2014

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Marjorie Jolles, Roosevelt University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Clothing is a moral issue. Whether rooted in religious, cultural, or regional practices, how we clothe the body is socially regulated according to local moralities of modesty and proper social “place.” This is evident in debates surrounding the burqa, Trayvon Martin’s hoodie, and public school dress codes, all of which demonstrate that “modesty” is a rich shorthand for the way ideologies of gender, sexuality, and race intersect with anxieties of safety, danger, and power. Recent work in fashion studies sheds light on how we might critically examine contemporary controversies over modest clothing to further understand the social and moral power of modesty. This seminar will introduce participants to these analyses and conclude with discussion of how teachers may engage with them in their pedagogies.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars opens September 4, 2014.

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