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2017 Conference - Reimagining the self Abstract
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Mobility, technology, personal and political circumstances provide enhanced opportunities for contact with new or different spaces, people, objects, and feelings. Such opportunities in turn heighten possibilities for individuals to experience their sense of identity and agency differently. In this presentation, I draw on photographs, written artifacts, material objects, sensory and interview data from two multilingual Japanese international students who documented their self-initiated project in an exhibition on undoing the deeply ingrained cultural discourses and practices they sought to re-signify during their one year study abroad program in Sydney. In exploring their story, I will show the value of translanguaging practices as an apt tool in bringing into play one’s creative agency and project-based work such as building an exhibition a medium not only for shaping and re-shaping meaning in ways multilingual international students desire to be seen and heard, but also to understand the practice of meaning making in itself.
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