Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies
London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion
Dr Serkan Delice is Lecturer and Research Coordinator in the Cultural and Historical department at London College of Fashion. Having gained a BA in Western Languages and Literatures and an MA in Critical and Cultural Studies from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, he taught as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology at Istanbul Bilgi University.
Serkan was awarded full-time funding for three years by University of the Arts London to research his doctoral thesis at LCF, where he also taught a range of full-time and part-time undergraduate courses in cultural and historical studies. He completed his PhD in 2015. Currently, he is working on a number of projects for publication whilst continuing to teach a range of undergraduate courses including ‘Fashion and Consumer Culture’, ‘Global Cultures’, ‘The Production of Fashion’ and ‘Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies’. He is also a final year undergraduate dissertation supervisor.
Fashion and politics; neoliberalism and consumer culture; the production of fashion; globalisation and cultural appropriation; political dissidence and street protests; immigration and refugee movements; the history of fashion, masculinity, and sexuality in the Middle East; sartorial transgression; political economy; affect theory.
My research is concerned with the connections between fashion and politics. I explore these connections through three concurrent research projects: First, I analyse fashion media discourses on the subject of cultural appropriation in their relationship to new forms of racial and emotional capitalism, white supremacy and cultural imperialism. The first output of this research was a presentation at the Barbican on the work of Jean Paul Gaultier.
The second output was a keynote lecture I gave at Central Saint Martins as a part of the 'Fashion, Race and Cultural Appropriation' conference. Second, I will investigate the centrality of fashion production/consumption to political dissidence, immigration and the refugee movements in contemporary Turkey. This will involve an ethnographic study of garment ateliers in Istanbul.
Third, I will examine the relationships between masculinity, male homosexuality and social and sartorial transgression in early modern Ottoman and contemporary Turkish society. The first output was an extensive collection of essays on queer culture and dissidence in Turkey (in Turkish, co-edited with Dr Cuneyt Cakirlar from Nottingham Trent University). The second output was my PhD thesis ‘The Janissaries and Their Bedfellows: Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Early Modern Ottoman Istanbul, 1500-1826’, which I will publish as a monograph.
Delice, Serkan (2017) Cultural Appropriation: Symptom or Diagnosis? In: Fashion, Race and Cultural Appropriation: a conference at CSM.
Delice, Serkan (2017) Fashion and its Refugees: production, consumption and subjectivity in the age of neoliberal authoritarianism. In: Fashion & Politics: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives, 7 July 2017, London College of Fashion.
Delice, Serkan (2017) 'We cannot have love without lovers': Sexuality and Self-fashioning in Early Modern Ottoman Istanbul. In: Desiring and Deorienting the Middle East at Pembroke, 2 June 2017, Pembroke College, Cambridge University.
Delice, Serkan (2015) The Janissaries and their bedfellows: masculinity and male friendship in eighteenth-century Ottoman Istanbul. In: Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures. Ashgate Publishing, Burlington. ISBN 978-1-4724-1454-0
Delice, Serkan (2014) Orientalism, masculinity, and global interests: Jean Paul Gaultier’s Menswear between East and West. In: Gaultier and Beyond: Showcasing Research from London College of Fashion, 27 May 2014, Barbican.
Delice, Serkan (2014) ‘They got the guns, but we got the numbers’: Fashion, masculinity, and political resistance in the Middle East. In: Fashion and Politics: 2nd Research Hubs Conference, 4 June 2014, London College of Fashion.
Delice, Serkan and Cakirlar, Cüneyt (2012) Cinsellik Muamması: Türkiye'de Queer Kültür ve Muhalefet (Muamma sexualities: Queer culture and dissidence in Turkey). Metis Publications, Istanbul. ISBN 9789753428699
Delice, Serkan (2012) Fashion, Politics, and Queer Resistance in the Middle East. In: Masculinities and Fashion – Current and Recent Work, 5 December 2012, London College of Fashion.
Delice, Serkan (2015) Between Culturalism and Capitalism: the localisation of LGBT identities in Turkey. In: Middle East Centre and LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Workshop: The State of Democracy in Turkey: Institutions, Society and Foreign Relations.
Delice, Serkan (2012) In Pursuit of a Queer Historiography: Rethinking Modernity and Heteronormativity in the Middle East. In: Gendered Horizons in the Middle East and Central Asia - A Day in Honour of Professor Deniz Kandiyoti, 20 October 2012, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London.