3-24-2013 Crafting an Academic Identity

 Crafting an Academic Identity: Navigating between US and Turkish Culture 

Presented by

Tuba Angay-Crowder
Doctoral Student, GSU

Sunday, March 24, 2013
8:00 p.m. (USA/New York Time Zone)  

Please click on or paste into your URL this link within 30 minutes of the start of the presentation: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=221&password=M.09351A42FFF613C24546A9102F65C5

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)   Tuba

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 session, 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 Ph.D student at Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. She taught English in various grade levels in her home country Turkey, and the US. She worked with ESL teachers in England, and the US where she also have been volunteering at teaching English to refugees at International Rescue Committee. Her research interest are L2 writing, multiliteracies, and academic literacies.

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