Auto/Ethno/Graphic Bricolage as Embodied Inter/Culturalism: Dis/Locating Stories of Becoming in Encounters With the Other

Diane Patricia Watt


This provocation emerges from my experience of a recent flight home from the Middle East. As our plane soars over the Persian Gulf and Iraq I stare out the window at the human and physical landscapes below. A flood of memories of lived experiences in Iran and other countries in this region soon overwhelms me – a disturbing tangle of personal stories and public histories that call into question my teaching and academic work. Dwelling in the tension-filled spaces between the writing woman and the written woman, I juxtapose texts, images, and academic theory to trouble the preponderance of binary language circulating in the mass media that closes down possibilities for inter/cultural relations both locally and globally. This auto/ethno/graphic bricolage draws upon post-reconceptualist theorizing to engage the im/possibilities of an embodied inter/culturalism as curriculum of hope, toward expanding the multicultural imagination.

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