An Iranian migrant mother's production of selves through her family photograph collection

Pitt-Alizadeh, Penelope 2012, An Iranian migrant mother's production of selves through her family photograph collection, in AARE-APERA 2012 : Proceedings of the AARE-APERA conference 2012, AARE, Deakin, A. C. T., pp. 1-1.

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Title An Iranian migrant mother's production of selves through her family photograph collection
Author(s) Pitt-Alizadeh, Penelope
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education & Asia-Pacific Education Research Association conference (2012 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 2-6 December 2012
Title of proceedings AARE-APERA 2012 : Proceedings of the AARE-APERA conference 2012
Editor(s) Wright, Jan
Publication date 2012
Conference series AARE-APERA : World Education Research Association Focal Meeting
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher AARE
Place of publication Deakin, A. C. T.
Keyword(s) migrant mother
identity
subjectivity
family photographs
Iranian mother
Summary In researching migrant identities, visual methodology offers much promise and yet there is a marked lack of recent research that makes use of visual methods. Previous studies of migrant identities have privileged verbal representations of identities. Gillian Rose's (2010) work with mothers and their family photographs in the United Kingdom, in which she describes the role of family photographs in both producing social subject positions and in maintaining family togetherness across distances, is a useful model for research into the construction and negotiation of migrant identities.

The literature on family photography suggests that it is usually the woman/mother who takes on the role of making the family photograph album; of narrating the family's story (Rose, 2010; Holland, 2009; 1991; Chambers, 2003). The family photograph collection, together with the participant's interwoven verbal interpretation, is a particularly relevant data source for use in identity research as there is the potential for key themes of place, mobilities and space to be explored at new depth and from a feminist perspective.

This paper will report on an ethics approved study of one Iranian migrant mother and her family photograph collection, focusing on her representation of the identities and subjectivities of herself and her children through photographs taken following migration to Australia. The paper will consider the participant's family photographs as both visual objects and visual-verbal narratives produced within historically and culturally situated discourses. It will explore how photographs and oral interpretations cohere to enable migrant mothers to re/produce selves. The paper will examine the production of subject positions specifically in relation to place, mobilities and space.

The research is situated within critical visual ethnography and is informed by a reflexive feminist approach. The meaning making of the photographs under study will be explored at the sites of production, image, and audience. The combined visual-verbal methods used in this study aim to provide a new contribution to the literature on migrant identities and form the basis of a scaled up research design of a larger cohort of mothers.
ISSN 1324-9320
Language eng
Field of Research 190199 Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified
190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057023

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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