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Quick Chat: Diane Watt discusses the panel she’s organized on Muslim youth and media

Marie-Claire Shanahan

Diane Watt discusses the panel she's organized on Muslim youth and media

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Diane Watt has a unique view of the Muslim world.

May 20, 2014 - Through her husband’s career, the Werklund School of Education post-doctoral scholar lived abroad for eight years, in countries many of us would never imagine we’d even visit, including Iran, Syria, and Pakistan. When she returned to Canada from her life abroad, she immediately began to realize Canadians didn’t know much about the diversity of the people who are Muslim, or about Islam itself.  And from her observations, it was clear that whatever personal assumptions Canadians made were frequently based on ideas generated by mainstream media.

So Watt began to question how people negotiate intercultural differences—in classrooms and curriculum, in the media, and even in face-to-face interactions.  Her current recent research work is focused on looking at the possibilities of media making with and by Muslim youth to express who they are, and Watt says what they have to say applies to marginalized youth of other backgrounds as well.

In this Quick Chat, Diane Watt talks her about research and an important panel taking place at the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest gathering of scholars across disciplines, being held at Brock University ( and which the University of Calgary will host in 2016).

This panel has also been flagged as a Canadian Society for the Study of Education Knowledge Mobilization Spotlight Session, which is an initiative designed to engage local educators in dialogue with the research community.


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