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Conference | LUCIS 10th annual conference

10th LUCIS Annual Conference | Matters of Taste and Style: Muslim Food, Fashion, and Music in Practice

Wednesday 6 November 2019 - Thursday 7 November 2019
Tickets are free but make sure to register to secure your seat and a free lunch!
Museum Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1

Tenth anniversary

We are delighted to announce the tenth annual conference of LUCIS, to be held on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November 2019 in the National Museum of Ethnology (Volkenkunde). This special edition will be themed around food, fashion, and music. All are welcome!

Poster designed by Paul Oram

Muslim food, fashion & music

Food, fashion, and music practices are important ways of saying something about self, society, belonging, and religion. Issues of taste, distinction, and power are intrinsically related to them. Through the performance of these practices, people align and disaffiliate with different groups and styles at different moments and in various settings, thus creating and erasing boundaries between them. 

The aim of the conference is to analyse in specific contexts Muslims’ performance of food, fashion, and music practices. We are particularly interested in the life of things from makers to audiences, in the relationship between the global and the local, and in the ways in which ideas about these practices help to form ideologies of groups and their boundaries. The main questions that we pose are the following:

  • How do Muslim public figures—professionals, celebrities, influencers, artists—talk about self, society, belonging, and religion through food, fashion, and music practices and to what audiences?
  • When, how, and why do particular food, fashion, and music practices become identified as “Muslim” practices, by whom and with what consequences? How does this categorization settle on particular groups or persons, and how does it channel and constrain their position and activity?
  • Or, by contrast, when, how, and why does the identification of those practices with religion disappear, leading to the prioritization of other features of social life in the narratives of those practices, and again by whom?
  • How do individual tastes and personal preferences in food, fashion, and music interact with regulation and standardization established by arbiters, authorities, and legal frameworks?




Nathal M. Dessing


Opening and introduction




Katharina Graf


Cereal Citizens: Breadmaking as Civic Practice




Rachel Brown


Between Confit and Couscous: Negotiating Muslim Identities and Foodways in Paris and Montreal




Pooyan Tamimi Arab


Can Muslims Drink? Intoxicating the Anthropology of Islam






Coffee & tea




Margreet van Es


Halal Dining in Rotterdam




Johan Fischer


Muslim Piety as Economy: Markets, Meaning and Morality in Southeast Asia





Food In Practice Reception


Moroccan tasting session with Katharina Graf. Drinks included!




Doors open


Coffee & tea




Annelies Moors


Islamic Fashion and Anti-fashion Revisited




Laura Morlock


Fighting Over Fabric: Muslim Fashion and Québec’s Secularism Bill



Arzu Ünal


Festive Occasions and Festive Muslim Dress 




Lunch break


Lunch is free but registration is required




Nina ter Laan


"When I hear Ahmed sing, I become another man": Islam-inspired Music in Morocco and Sonic Formations of a 'Moderate' Islam




Kholoud Al-Ajarma



Singing of Mecca and the Pilgrimage in Morocco




Cristina Moreno Almeida



Economic Censorship and Economies of Resistance: The Case of Rap Music in Morocco






Coffee & tea




Deborah Kapchan



Listening to the Islamic Sublime between Morocco and France





Music In Practice



Rap Stories from Casablanca to the Netherlands. A video presentation by Moroccan rapper Dizzy DROS




Nathal M. Dessing



Closing remarks

Have a look at the abstracts and bios of the speakers in the programme booklet. Hardcopies of the booklet will be available at the conference. 



The tenth annual conference of LUCIS is convened by Nathal Dessing, Bart Barendregt, Gabrielle van den Berg, and Cristiana Strava.

All are welcome but please make sure to register to secure your seat!  

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