Proposal Title

Journeys to and from Asia: An Evocative Duoethnography

Affiliation

University of South Florida

Department or Program

TESLA (Babak; SLA/IT (Patrick)

Start Date

15-4-2017 12:05 PM

End Date

15-4-2017 12:35 PM

Presentation Keywords/Areas

Arts-Based Methodologies

Additional Presentation Keywords/Areas

Identity and Self-Inquiry

Additional Presentation Keywords/Areas

Researcher as Writer (Auto-Ethnography, Narrative Inquiry, etc).

Abstract

In our duoethnography, we presented an overview of our cultural, educational, and social backgrounds to familiarize the readers with the authors. We then shed light on our journeys to and from Asia because they served as turning points in our lives and our families’ lives. These journeys served to frame and form our educational and vocational histories. Our intention in conducting this duoethnography was to explore both the past and our ongoing identity journeys from our present perspectives, which are informed by theories such as Post Structuralism. To that end, we challenged each other’s perceptions, beliefs, and cultural frameworks to deconstruct and dismantle our previous frameworks. We engaged in this in order to fashion a framework with which we can perform our identities in a third space (Kramsch, 2006; Bhabha, 2004). We collected data from face-to-face dialogues, frequent emails, and a collages we created. Above all, we attempted to make our conversations transparent in order that both the authors and readers could “witness the transformative process that is central to the method.” (Breault, 2016). We hope this encourages readers to uncover their own journeys and to unfold their untold stories. Drawing on Post Structuralism, we turned to scholars such as Deleuze, Spivak, and Butler (Jackson & Mazzei, 2012) to explore the data. Our findings centered on our individual, familial, and social identities, as well as revelations regarding our journeys so far, and wondering how our journeys will continue to bewilder us in the years to come.

Presentation Type and Comments

a) 20-minute paper presentation

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Journeys to and from Asia: An Evocative Duoethnography

In our duoethnography, we presented an overview of our cultural, educational, and social backgrounds to familiarize the readers with the authors. We then shed light on our journeys to and from Asia because they served as turning points in our lives and our families’ lives. These journeys served to frame and form our educational and vocational histories. Our intention in conducting this duoethnography was to explore both the past and our ongoing identity journeys from our present perspectives, which are informed by theories such as Post Structuralism. To that end, we challenged each other’s perceptions, beliefs, and cultural frameworks to deconstruct and dismantle our previous frameworks. We engaged in this in order to fashion a framework with which we can perform our identities in a third space (Kramsch, 2006; Bhabha, 2004). We collected data from face-to-face dialogues, frequent emails, and a collages we created. Above all, we attempted to make our conversations transparent in order that both the authors and readers could “witness the transformative process that is central to the method.” (Breault, 2016). We hope this encourages readers to uncover their own journeys and to unfold their untold stories. Drawing on Post Structuralism, we turned to scholars such as Deleuze, Spivak, and Butler (Jackson & Mazzei, 2012) to explore the data. Our findings centered on our individual, familial, and social identities, as well as revelations regarding our journeys so far, and wondering how our journeys will continue to bewilder us in the years to come.