University of Cyprus, Archaeological Research Unit
56th Public Lecture Series - Winter Semester 2021. Celebrating 30 Years of Research at the Archaeological Research Unit, 1991-2021
Negotiating Modernity: Rural dress and sociocultural change in Cyprus during the British period (1878-1960)
Dr Petroula Hadjittofi | Post-doctoral Researcher
NEMO Research Project, ONISILOS Programmes UCY
In modern Cyprological studies, the British Period (1878-1960) is considered crucial for the advent of modernity and the radical transformation of the island’s society via the emergence and widespread adoption of new cultural expressions and identities, which are yet to be documented and cohesively interpreted. Dress is widely acknowledged as a critical domain for the visual and tangible manifestation, but also the symbolic production of sociocultural change. The project Negotiating Modernity: Rural Dress and Sociocultural Change in Cyprus during the British Period (1878-1960) addresses a wide range of complex questions regarding dress production, distribution, typology and use in order to examine and interpret mechanisms and processes of transformation among Greek-Cypriot rural populations from the end of the 19th century onwards.