Crafting an Academic Identity:
Navigating between US and Turkish Culture
Doctoral Student, GSU
Sunday, March 24, 2013
8:00 p.m. (USA/New York Time Zone)
A borderland is a vague and undermined place created by emotional residue of an unnatural place boundary. It is in a constant state of transition” – Anzaldua (1987)
Developing a positive identity as a professional scholar is an essential task for a doctoral student (Austin & McDaniels, 2006). Students who experience two different cultures especially with minority status, may feel caught between the dynamics of these cultures, and have a conflicting self identity, values, attitudes, beliefs, or loyalty to a particular cultural group, which may be problematic (Lee, 2006). In this seminar, I will present how I live in the overlapping border spaces and the cultural representations while I develop a constructive professional identity. This process is not just a matter of accepting my differences and learning to live with them, but rather, it is a moment when I attain self-awareness between two cultures. The development of expertise in navigating across cultures is a critical component of the development of self and identity, especially for people who experience life as minorities on the basis of racial, ethnic, religious, or other social categories (Pufall-Jones & Mistry, 2010).
Tuba Angay-Crowder is a doctoral student in Language and Literacy at George State University. Her research interests include L2 writing and multi and academic literacies.
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