Title of Project:
Muslim Female YouTubers Speak Back: A Participatory Video Project
Dr. Diane Watt, Postdoctoral Scholar
Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
September 2013 to September 2015
Fartousa Siyad, Kayf Abdulqadir & Hodan Hujaleh (Specs & Veil Productions)
This two-part qualitative study is guided by three main research questions:
1. What are some of the complexities of being Muslim and female in post-9/11 Canada?
2. How do we challenge assumptions about ourselves and others inside and outside of educational contexts?
3. What are the challenges and possibilities of digital media production for social justice with/by youth from marginalized communities? Specifically, how might the DIY media making practices of 3 Somali-Canadian Muslim female youth YouTubers inform education, policy, and research for social justice in the digital age?
Research collaborators – Kayf, Fartousa, Hodan – and I are in the process of producing three primary research texts.
|1. Documentary||Educators, Youth, Community||Screenings & online sharing on our project website|
|2. Collaborative visual ethnography||Academic||Book; articles (academic & practitioner); mainstream media interviews|
|3. Project website; Twitter; YouTube||Educators, Youth, Researchers||Digital (documentary); YouTube videos; viewing guides for videos; pedagogic guide for our documentary; video clips of Kayf, Far, Hodan, Diane; resources & links.|
1) The documentary film is intended for youth, teacher, and community audiences. Our video tells the story of my reseach collaborators’ experiences and sense of identity as Somali-Canadian Muslim, female, YouTubers. Their ground-breaking videos use humour to disrupt stereotypes often associated with Somalis and with Muslim females. Their work has a global following and has received international recognition.
2) The second text is a collaborative visual ethnography documenting the process of participatory video with youth from marginalized communities from new literacies, critical youth studies, curriculum, and feminist postcolonial perspectives.
3) The third text is our project website and associated social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.