Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan
In the first half of the 20th century, a pioneering generation of young women exited their homes and entered public space, marking a new era for women's civic participation in northern Sudan. A provocative new public presence, women's civic engagement was at its core a bodily experience. Amid the socio-political upheavals of imperial rule, female students, medical workers, and activists used a careful choreography of body movements and fashion to adapt to imperial mores, claim opportunities for political agency, and shape a new standard of modern, mobile womanhood.
Marie Grace Brown's Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan is the first English-language history of these women's lives. (Stanford University Press, 2017)