Constructing an institutional identity in university tea-rooms: The international student experience

The article explores the impact of multiple identity transitions experienced by new international students in Australia (For instance from legitimate EFL teachers in their own countries to novice non-native ESL teachers in Australia, or from insiders in their own social circles to newcomers to the new community). Clinging on the socio-cultural theory, the article reflects the negotiation of power, space and identity in informal multicultural institutional encounters. It provides insights into the ways transitions are experienced by international postgraduate students and highlights the heterogeneity in the students’ approaches to live their academic journeys in Australia and negotiate their new social and professional identities.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sepideh Fotovatian
Dr. Jennifer Miller (Monash University)