Archives, Aesthetic Dimensions, and Academic Identity Archives, dimensions esthétiques et identité universitaire

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Ellyn Lyle
Cecile Badenhorst
Heather McLeod

Abstract

Abstract: Three authors offer a methodological bricolage to explore visual, textual, and poetic archives that shape our identities as women academics. We draw on aspects of autoethnography, reflexively engaged, to explore these archives as they lend insight into the construction of personal identity. Understanding both the archives and identity as inseparable from culture, we take up cultural analysis as historical method as we examine, through archival metaphor, the historical struggles of women in academia. We believe that scholarly writing within disciplinary contexts is one way women constitute identity for ourselves and, in so doing, find pathways to write our way into existence.


Keywords: Women scholars; academic identity; autoethnography; arts-informed research.


Résumé : Trois autrices proposent un bricolage méthodologique pour explorer des archives visuelles, textuelles et poétiques qui ont façonné nos identités en tant que femmes universitaires. Nous nous appuyons sur des aspects d’auto-ethnographie, dans un mode de réflexivité, pour étudier ces archives et la lumière qu’elles jettent sur la construction de l’identité personnelle. Considérant archives et identité indissociables de la culture, nous utilisons l’analyse culturelle comme méthode historique pour étudier, par l’entremise de la métaphore archivistique, les luttes historiques des femmes en milieu universitaire. Nous croyons que les écrits érudits dans un contexte disciplinaire sont un moyen pour les femmes de construire leur identité et, par le fait même, d’identifier des avenues pour trouver leur véritable place dans la vie.


Mots-clés : femmes érudites, identité académique, autoethnographie, Recherche fondée sur les arts.

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Author Biographies

Ellyn Lyle, Yorkville University

Dean, Education

Cecile Badenhorst, Memorial University

Professor, Education

Heather McLeod, Memorial University

Professor, Education

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