SEMINAR: Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series
| 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’
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
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.
Social Sciences Room 2203
Fri, 24 May 2019 14:30
Fri, 24 May 2019 15:30
Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Mon, 20 May 2019 08:58
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