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Letter writing as a social and artistic pedagogical process: a cross-cultural and trans-national dialogue based on international experiences of higher education across global continents
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5835-9011
2017 (English)In: Arts-based Methods and Organizational Learning: Higher Education Around the World / [ed] Tatiana Chemi, Xiangyun, Du, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 197-211 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Writing letters as discursive practice can materialize the desire or need to interact across distance by disclosing a multitude of expressions and traditions. Letters form a means of representation of everyday life, in art, in literature, and as a strategy for data collection in social research. This case study traces accidental, yet autonomous research encounters spanning over ten years in three global continents and is structured by adaptation of Bruner’s (1986) narrative theory which relates to the concept of the imaginary as a significant meaning-making device of human experience. The chapter explores how auto-ethnographic perspective and arts-based research narrate experiences lived in letters, revealing scenes that would otherwise be hidden and developing critical reflections about the subjectivities produced in international scholarly spaces. We present the creative weaving of cross-cultural dialogue which brings to life an aesthetic dimension from artistic methodology and teaches us about our experience of being in the world.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 197-211 p.
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Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities
Keyword [en]
Discursive social research, narrative case study, letter writing, internationalization of higher education, imaginary as meaning-making, human experience, auto-ethnography, arts-based research, critical reflections, cross-cultural dialogue, artistic methodology.
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Educational Sciences
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International and Comparative Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-147438DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-63808-9ISBN: 978-3-319-63807-2 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-63808-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-147438DiVA: diva2:1145086
Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2017-09-28

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