• Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Room 1 and the Fellowship Lounge
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Can the Displaced Speak?

Young Refugee Women Negotiating Identity and Belonging

Through the Camera Lens

A project conducted by Neila Miled and Young Refugee Women

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

1:30pm - 4:30pm


6:30pm - 8:30pm

Story-telling February 26 at 2:15pm & 7:00pm

Information about our school visits can be found here: School Tours - Can the Displaced Speak

This PhotoVoice project tells the stories of eleven young women who have experienced displacement. It captures the emotions, journeys and memories that a group of Muslim and Christian refugees from different cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds have chosen to share regarding identity, belonging, the notion of home, and their school experiences. (Exhibit shown at the Liu Institute for Global Issues Nov 2018 -Jan 2019). 

Information and arrangements: [email protected]

PhotoVoice is a digital storytelling participatory method that aims to enable silenced and marginalized communities to express themselves and reflect on the strengths and concerns of their communities. It is based on three theories: critical consciousness, feminist theory and documentary photography.

The participant co-researchers managed all stages of this project, including taking photos, photo selection and captioning, framing, and organizing an exhibit in the school. One of the participants with her family, was sponsored to Canada by a group of west side Vancouver churches, including Knox United Church. We are very pleased to host this exhibit.

Most of these young women are Muslim. Several wear the ‘Hijab’ or ‘Niqab’. All were ‘refugees’. This project invites you to see them beyond these labels. Through the camera lens, they speak for themselves and encourage you to see the world through their eyes. They hope you listen to their stories, as told through their photographs, and invite you to experience the dreams they are chasing and challenges they face.

Neila Milad is a PhD Candidate in the department of Educational Studies, a Liu Scholar, Public Scholar, educator, mother, and an immigrant Muslim woman. Her research engages with feminist postcolonial/de-colonial theory and critical ethnography to explore the social and cultural context of education in relation to Muslim/immigrant and transnational youth. Neila’s research interests are interdisciplinary in this regard and span multiple terrains; the entanglements of multiculturalism, educational policy, (im)migration, citizenship discourses and cultural globalization, and how they impact Muslim youth identities in Western countries and in particular in Canada. Neila holds an MA in Educational Administration and Leadership from UBC, has taught in several countries, and is actively involved in community organizations that support Syrian refugees. Neila has been awarded the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Fellowship, the Killam Doctoral Award, and the Public Scholar Initiative Award.


This project is graciously supported and funded by UBC Graduate Studies Public Scholar Initiative (PSI).

This project would not be possible without the support provided by Community School staff, teachers and all the participants who dedicated their time and worked passionately all along the different stages of the project.

All are welcome to attend.  Please bring your friends to experience this very moving display.

Further viewing on request:Feb 27 & Mar 1, 6, 8

Open House Mar 10 (2 - 4 pm)

Hosted by: Knox United Church -5600 Balaclava St., Vancouver