Identities and Ideologies in Study Abroad Contexts

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Presented by Shelley Dawson

Lectures, talks and seminars

LALS Seminar Series

11 Oct 2019 4:00 pm to 11 Oct 2019 5:00 pm

Murphy MYLT 101

How do university exchange students in New Zealand and France navigate nationality, gender, and sexuality?

Study abroad is a multifaceted experience which involves much more than language learning. Using an ethnographic approach, Dawson's research adopts a bidirectional focus to examine the emergence of dynamic social identities in interaction for exchange students in New Zealand and France. Dawson shows how participants encounter ‘new’ Discourses and norms on exchange and how these spark reflections on nationality, gender, and sexuality. Societal ideologies are found to be deeply embedded in these identity navigations, functioning as a constraint and a site of resistance, and offering a useful portal into questions of structure and agency. In this presentation, Dawson reflects on her PhD journey, outlines the major components of her thesis, and shows how study abroad students are well placed to lead social change.

For more information contact: Stephen Skalicky

Speaker Bios

Shelley Dawson works in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.