Farha Barno Ternikar -- an associate professor of sociology and director of gender and women’s studies at LeMoyne College -- will discuss “Haute Hijab and Beyond: Brown Girls, Muslim Women and Instagram” at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Marano Campus Center auditorium, Room 132.

In this program Ternikar will use a feminist intersectional framework to look at how religion, race, class and gender shape immigrant women's communities on Instagram and modest fashion blogs. In particular, she will offer a critique of both colorism and fat-shaming in modest fashion.

Her most recent book, “Intersectionality in the Muslim South Asian-American Middle Class: Lifestyle Consumption beyond Halal and Hijab,” uses everyday consumption as a lens to analyze how South Asian Muslim American women negotiate racial, religious, gendered, classed, and often political identities. 

In particular, Ternikar’s book examines the use of food and clothing as well as social media accounts among this important immigrant population, offering new insight that goes beyond examining Muslim American women through the lens of hijab. This timely and nuanced interdisciplinary study draws on both sociology of consumption theory and intersectional feminism and will be valuable for courses in gender and women’s studies, sociology of consumption, and women and religion.

At LeMoyne, Ternikar teaches courses on gender and society, social inequality and gender, and feminist theory. She also has authored several articles on gender, race and religious identity in the Journal of Ethnic Studies, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology and Sociology Compass.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by SUNY Oswego's cinema and screen studies department and the gender and women's studies program.