Women and Travel: Temporal Imaginaries of Becoming

  • Claudia Matus
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The representation and uses of time have critical implications for the ways in which we orient discourses, practices, and bodies in institutions of higher education. Performing time in a taken-for-granted fashion incites practices of regulation, prescription, and limitation, which deserve to be talked about. In this chapter, I discuss the naturalization of time using the experiences of women who travel ‘abroad’ to obtain their graduate degrees and their subsequent narratives of “going back to their home countries.” I seek to bring the discussion of time1 to the forefront to explore the potential of ideas of becoming and of the new, particularly in times where the notions of fluidity, movement, and openness have been described as constituent elements of contemporary cultural and social life. The experiences of movement, dislocation, displacement, and reorientation lived by these women serve to explore the ways in which imagined notions of time support normalizing discourses and practices in academia.


Home Country High Education Institution International Movement Graduate Degree Critical Implication 
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  1. 1.
    See also E. L. McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen (2011). Introduction. Becoming Unbecoming. Untimely Mediations. In E. L. McCallum amd Mikko Tuhkanen (eds.) Queer Times, Queer Becomings. New York: Suny Press, pp. 1–21Google Scholar
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    For a discussion on how the state has produced particular campuses as national and local expressions of forces of Fordism and neoliberalism, see also Bernd Belina, Tino Petzold, Jürgen Schardt and Sebastian Schippe (2013). Neoliberalism and the Fordist University: a tale of two campuses in Frankfurt a. M., Germany. Antipode, 45(3), pp. 738–759.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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