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Brown – Blanche? Black. Weaving intersections of language, culture and race through autoethnography

MIC Distinguished Lecture Series


Date: Thursday, February 9th
Time: 4pm
Location: Wang Center 201

While researchers have adopted a range of approaches for collecting language ethnographies, rarely have they turned their analytic tools on themselves. In this presentation, I attempt to weave an evocative autoethnographic (Crawley, 2012) narrative of the racial, cultural, religious and linguistic threads that have become integral to my work as a multilingual classroom-based researcher across international contexts. This endeavor is an attempt to realize Ellis and Bochner’s (2000) notions of evocative autoethnography, i.e., “to extend ethnography to include the heart, the autobiographical and the artistic text” (p. 669). Beyond reflecting on my intersectional lived experience with languages, cultures and race, autoethnography invites us to explore who we are be(com)ing in and through research particularly with/as minoritized language users. In this presentation, I weave experiences of my own identity dissonance with my research with minoritized language users as a way of reflecting on linguistic bec(com)ing and belonging from an intersectional perspective. 



Dr. Gail Prasad


Gail Prasad is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on critical multilingual language awareness and approaches to multilingual education and teacher development.  She has partnered in research with teachers, students and families in Canada, the US, France, Kenya and Burkina Faso. Her scholarship has been published in English and French in journals including TESOL Quarterly, the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, the Canadian Modern Language Review and Glottopol. She is also a co-editor of Multilingualism & Education: Researchers’ Pathways and Perspectives, published in 2022 by Cambridge University Press.