Moving Bodies—How Do We Do Time and Space

  • Claudia Matus
Part of the Curriculum Studies Worldwide book series (CSWW)


In this chapter, I present the narratives of four graduate international students’ stories from different countries and completing graduate degrees in the United States. These are stories of everyday lives and everyday encounters, and how they play out in the formation of social and institutional space and time in a US university. Here, the idea of experience becomes relevant when theorizing about time and space. Experience allows me to think about the ways dominant understandings of time and space fix ideas of who we are, the social and cultural positions we occupy. And, they frame the expectations and orientations we should follow. To pay attention to the ways embodied subjectivities are put to work for these students within the institutional language of the international is vital to understanding the ways such discourses go against the complexities students face as gendered, classed, and raced subjects. The ways in which they narrate and locate experience in relation to time and space are vital for examining the complexities of internationalization discourses. To ignore the embodied nature of knowledge that this group of people produce can reflect the interested nature of one type of educational prescription embedded in internationalization discourses.


United States Home Country International Student National Feeling Cultural Position 
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