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 the 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 the effects of globalisation and cultural appropriation on contemporary fashion design, fashion media and visual culture. The first output of this research was a presentation at the Barbican on the work of Jean Paul Gaultier, which I am currently turning into a journal article.
Second, I investigate the centrality of fashion production/consumption to political dissidence, immigration and refugee movements in contemporary Turkey. This will involve an ethnographic study of garment ateliers in Istanbul.
Third, I examine the relationships between homosexuality, social and sartorial transgression, and the construction of masculinities 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 (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 (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 and Cakirlar, Cüneyt (2012) Cinsellik Muamması: Türkiye'de Queer Kültür ve Muhalefet (Muamma sexualities: Queer culture and dissidence in Turkey). Metis, Istanbul. ISBN 9789753428699
Delice, Serkan (2010) Friendship, Sociability, and Masculinity in the Ottoman Empire: An Essay Confronting the Ghosts of Historicism. New Perspectives on Turkey (42). pp. 103-125. ISSN 1305-3299
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.
Delice, Serkan (2013) 1881. In: Taner Ceylan: The Lost Paintings Series. Standard Press; Paul Kasmin Gallery; Damiani. ISBN 9788862083126