1st Edition

Linguistic Diversity and Discrimination Autoethnographies from Women in Academia

    270 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection explores the ways in which women in academia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds mediate the negotiation of linguistic discrimination and linguistic diversity in higher education, using autoethnography to make visible their lived experiences.

    The volume shows how women in academia from CaLD backgrounds, particularly those living or working in the Global South, draw on their multivalent complex linguistic backgrounds and cultural repertoires to cope with, and manage, linguistic and systemic gender discrimination. In adopting authoethnography as its key methodology, the book encourages these academics to ‘write themselves’ beyond the conventions from which women in academia have traditionally been forced to speak and write. The collection features perspectives from women across geographic contexts, sub-fields and levels of experience whose stories are not often told, putting at the fore their narratives, lived experiences and career trajectories in mediating issues around power, ideology, language policy, social justice, teaching and learning, and identity construction. In so doing, the book challenges the wider field to expand the borders of discussions on linguistic discrimination and higher education institutions to critically engage with these issues.

    This book will be of interest to scholars in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and cultural studies.

    Introduction: Linguistic discrimination and diversity from an autoethnographic perspective

    Sender Dovchin, Qian Gong, Toni Dobinson and Maggie McAlinden

    1. Speaking across difference: Autoethnography as a living practice of resistance and truth-telling

    Marilyn Metta

    Part 1: Autoethnographies: East Asia 

    2. Folk theories of hierarchies of things and spaces in between

    Zhu Hua

    3. As rare as unicorns

    Saba Ghezili and Angel M.Y. Lin

    4. The unbearable weight of the accent

    Yue Zhao and Qian Gong

    5. The academic transitions of Mongolian postgraduate students in Australia 

    Bolormaa Shinjee,Chuluuntumur Damdin, Hana Tserenkhand Byambadash, Nandin-Erdene Bayart and Stephanie Dryden

    6. More than below, but not quite above: Alterity, exclusion and silence at ‘home’ 

    Uma Jogulu and Maggie McAlinden

    7. Feminist reflection on academic life trajectories: The constant ‘becoming’

    Shalia Sultana, Preeti Singh and Ulemj Dovchin

    8. Autoethnographic narratives from two South Asian researchers in global health

    Jaya A.R. Dantas and Zakia Jeemi

    Part 3: Autoethnographies: South America

    9. South to North: Diversity as an academic asset

    Celeste Rodríguez Louro and Lucía Fraiese

    10. Gender, racial and social discrimination in academic studies in Brazil: A personal testimony

    Gladis Massini-Cagliari

    Part 4: Autoethnographies: Africa

    11. Negotiating and (re)constructing identities as translingual female Mauritian academics

    Mylene Biquette, Nirvana Lavictoire and Toni Dobinson

    12. Negotiating identity and language: A reflexive account of Ghanaian and Iraqi migrant academic women in the Global North 

    Davida Aba Mensima Asante-Nimako, Shaymaa Ali, Ana Tankosić

    Part 5: Autoethnographies: Eastern Europe

    13. From self- doubt to resilience: Lived experiences of four Ukrainian female academics coming to Australia

    Tetiana Bogachenko, Iryna Khodos, Nadezhda Chubko and Larysa Chybis

    14. Sliding cultures: Unrecognised cultural and linguistic diversity in academia

    Sonja Kuzich, Toni Dobinson

    Afterword: Negotiating linguistic discrimination and diversity from an autoethnographic perspective

    Sender Dovchin, Qian Gong, Toni Dobinson and Maggie McAlinden


    Sender Dovchin is Associate Professor and Director of Research at the School of Education at Curtin University, Australia.

    Qian Gong is Senior Lecturer at the School of Education at Curtin University, Australia.

    Toni Dobinson is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Post Graduate Programs in Applied Linguistics at Curtin University, Australia.

    Maggie McAlinden is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Coordinator of the postgraduate TESOL program in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University, Australia.