Neir Chi Puj: Educated Girls (Co-created with Lina Deng): Sexuality and Gender Performance in Sudanese Australia

  • Anne M. HarrisEmail author


This chapter examines the research relationship between the author and Lina, a Sudanese Australian co-participant in this ethnocinematic film series conducted in 2008–2009 that explored the ethics of ethnographic research relationships, autoethnography and intercultural collaborations. Together, the author and these young women explore the educational experiences of diasporic Sudanese young women engaged in resettlement, and offer possibilities for creative pedagogical collaboration. The project, which establishes the methodological framework of this text, offers some guidelines for conducting ethnocinematic projects that are mutual and relationship-based and which face inherent ethical and methodological challenges head-on. Drawing on visual ethnography discourses (Rouch and Minh ha) and contemporary inclusive education scholarship (Ellsworth, Kumashiro and Giroux), the chapter opens a conversation on the performative construction of self that occurs in schools for both teachers and students.


Cultural Capital Dominant Culture Inclusive Education Refugee Background Documentary Film 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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