COC professors prepare for ‘politics of fashion’ presentation

Professor Kevin Anthony gives a presentation on Pompeii at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the Campus of College of the Canyons in Valencia Wednesday night. Cory Rubin/The Signal

Professors Ruth Rassool and Deems Morrione will deliver College of the Canyons’ latest scholarly presentation, “Bitchery and the Politics of Fashion,” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

With the use of photos and video clips, the presentation will reveal the intersection between fashion and politics as it relates to Foucault, Lacan and Baudrillard theory, a news release from the college stated.

Rassool and Morrione’s interest in fashion led them to create “The Bitch Project,” which is a social media salon where the overt and covert political messages sent down the runway by fashion designers are analyzed and discussed, the pair said. Notoriously negative in connotation, the word “bitch” has been reclaimed by the presenters for the sake of academic critique to identify cosmopolitanism in politics, fashion and pop culture.

“It is not a way to get attention — it is to present analysis in a way that is sardonic and biting,” the project’s manifesto stated. “As a noun, it suggests that a person holds to a set of standards and conveys a commitment to taste.”

The event is free and open to the public.

“The scholarly presentation has been occurring for almost 20 years, and is a wonderful way to showcase the unique talents and knowledge of our faculty,” said Sarah Etheridge, chair of the college’s scholarly presentation committee. “We want to also make sure the community knows this event is open to everyone and is a wonderful way to learn about fun and exciting topics that otherwise people may not get a chance to learn about.”

For more information about the scholarly presentation, college officials said to contact the COC Foundation at 661-362-3434.

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