Do (Muslim) Girls Really Need Saving?
Dr. Sarah Dougher
Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Portland State University
In August 2013, scholar and musician Sarah Dougher and two colleagues travelled to the small Gulf nation of Bahrain to put on a modified version of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, a form of girls’ empowerment camp founded in Portland, Oregon and now produced regularly at over 45 sites in North America and Europe. Dougher will discuss how a program with a western-style girls’ empowerment message was modified and adapted by the organizers and the girls themselves over the course of the camp. Featuring film clips, photographs and images created by girls collaborating between the Portland and Bahrain camps, she explores one site of radical differences and unlikely similarities, and reflects on the dynamics of transnational girlhood and girl-lead social change.
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