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Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series : Magali McDuffie – ‘"Jimbinkaboo Yimardoowarra Marninil" - Listening to Nyikina women's voices, from the inside to the outside: Nyikina women's agency in an inter-generational journey of cultural and environmental actions, economic, and self-determination initiatives on Nyikina Country, through film’ Other events...
Twelve years of collaboration between three Yimardoowarra Marninil, Nyikina sisters from the Lower Fitzroy River, and French-Australian filmmaker and PhD Scholar, Magali McDuffie, have revealed the Nyikina women’s determination to speak and re-affirm their Nyikina worldview into existence. Their voices, and those of other Kimberley Aboriginal people, demonstrate the strength and continuity of the women’s discourse, despite ever-changing government policies and strategies.

In her PhD thesis, Magali deconstructs the historical and historiographical discourses, anthropological data, legislative policies, development theory, as well as international Indigenous and non-Indigenous literature on agency and development as they relate to the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She investigates the impacts of the colonial state’s development project from colonisation onwards, and describe the Nyikina sisters’ complex interactions with the dominant discourse, bringing to the fore the Nyikina worldview. In privileging Nyikina voices, through film, her study reveals the often hidden flaws of an exclusively market-oriented capitalist economy.

Nyikina women’s voices have become a significant part of a global Indigenous discourse on development alternatives. Their continued agency on the local, national, and international stage, demonstrates the significance of booroo , Country, as a decolonising ground in the context of global development.

In her presentation, Magali will retrace the journey of her PhD thesis, using both film and chapter excerpts to illustrate her findings.
Speaker(s) Magali McDuffie
Location Social Sciences Room 2203
Contact Farida Fozdar <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 24 May 2019 14:30
End Fri, 24 May 2019 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 20 May 2019 08:58
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