Narmeen Ijaz is a doctoral student in The Media School interested in studying transnational nonfiction film cultures. Her interests overlap with the fields of documentary studies, postcolonialism, transnational feminism, and media authorship. Her background consists of both academic and professional experiences, as she previously worked as a documentary film editor for international NGOs and graduated from The Media School with a master’s in media arts and sciences. For her master’s thesis, “Decolonizing Documentary in Pakistan: Representation through Colonial, Activist and State-Sponsored Documentaries,” she studied the implications of colonial, imperial, and nationalist histories of Pakistan on the representation of local ethnic, gendered, and cultural identities.
Her current work focuses on studying how participatory and interactive approaches in documentary can shape gender representation in documentaries sponsored by transnational social-welfare organizations.