“Covered” Debating the Ban on the Burqah: A Case Study in the Use of Museum Installation Technology

By Jocelynne A. Scutt.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Culture, religion, tradition and patriarchal oppression have each been used to explain the wearing of cover including the niqab, burqah, chador, hijab and their companions. “Covered”-Debating the Ban on the Burqah explores the way museums can use DVD or Video Installation technology to promote debate and enhance understanding of the wearing of these garments, the political and social underpinnings of moves to ban the burqah in the West and the imposition of the wearing of them in some countries in the middle east or northern Africa. The presentation of “Covered” with its streams “Debating the Scarf”, “Romancing the Veil” and “Contradictions of Cover” will provide a practical and provocative lead into a discussion of: (a) how the technology can be used for promoting discussion of other cultural conundrums or (mis)understandings and debates; (b) ways in which video/dvd installation use of ‘streams’ enables viewers/museum audiences to appreciate varying points of view and to broaden their understandings and perspectives of the topic/s; (c) methods for combining the use of this technology with exhibitions of museum holdings past and present.
This presentation includes the showing of a three stream dvd installation “Covered”.

Keywords: DVD/Video Installation Technology Culture, Religion, Tradition Patriarchal Oppression, Technology Promoting Discussion & Debate

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.81-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 788.075KB).

Dr. Jocelynne A. Scutt

Graduate Student, Film, Culture & Media Studies, Department of Humanities, University of East London, London, England, UK

Dr. Jocelynne A. Scutt is a Barrister & Human Rights Lawyer, Writer, Filmmaker & Executive Producer. Her films include “A Green Shell Necklace” (with Karen Buczynski-Lee)-a short documentary on the disappearing of Tasmania’s Indigenous Australians, “The Incredible Woman” (with Karen Buczynski-Lee) looking at women’s socio-political position through history, “Paper, Bread & Jam” (with Karen Buczynski-Lee)-workers in the jam factory in Tasmania, Australia, in the early 20th century, and “Covered”. Her books include “Women and the Law”, “The Sexual Gerrymander-Women and the Economics of Power”, “The Incredible Woman” (2 volumes), “For Richer, For Poorer-Money, Marriage & Property Rights” and “Poor Nation of the Pacific-Australia’s Future?” She is editor of the Artemis “Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives” series (12 volumes) and has recently completed an MA (Film, Video & New Screen Media) at the University of East London.

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