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Presentation at the Challenging the Binaries international conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Literacies at the School of Education, University of Sheffield, 29 June 2012. …

Presentation at the Challenging the Binaries international conference, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Literacies at the School of Education, University of Sheffield, 29 June 2012.

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  • 1. Digital Identit(y/ies)Andy CoverdaleChallenging the BinariesUniversity of Sheffield | 29 June 2012
  • 2. Image Jens Hesse | Woman (African) | oil on corduroy (2011) http://www.jenshesse.comDigital IdentitySocio­technical and virtuality constructsIdentity is ‘multiphrenic’ (Gergan, 2000)Identity as reified forms of social andcultural practice
  • 3. Doctoral ContextPhD as transformativeCritical role in the development of an academic /professional identityPositionality – locating oneself in the research ‘field’‘Fractured subjectivities’ (Barnacle & Mewburn, 2010)Identity and agency
  • 4. Based on Usher, R., Bryant, I., & Johnston, R. (1996). Adult Education and thePostmodern Challenge: Learning Beyond the Limits. London: Routledge..
  • 5. Identity is…‘Confessional’ Practice ‘Critical’ Practice(Modernist) (Postmodernist)Determined by dominant Socially constructed andstructures culturally mediatedStable Flexible and in fluxSingular and developmental Multiple and fragmentaryUnified across multiple Diversified across multiplecontexts contexts
  • 6. Sociocultural PerspectivesIdentity as reified forms of perfomativity ­ socialproduction, interaction and participationPrioritisation, roles and ‘provisional selves’Situated learning ­ increased capacity to participatein communities of practice
  • 7. Figured Holland, D., Lachicotte, W. Jr., Skinner, D., & Cain, C. (1998). Identity and agency in World“ cultural worlds. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. a socially and culturally constructed realm of interpretation in which particular characters and actors are “ recognized, significance is assigned to certain acts, and particular outcomes are valued over others. Holland et al. (1998)
  • 8. Research Design_________________________________________ParticipantsSix PhD students:• Different stages of PhD• Humanities, Soc. Sci. & interdisciplinary• UK-based - ‘traditional’ faculty & DTCsData Collection15-month period:• Digital artefacts (blog posts, tweets etc.)• Field notes• Participant-reported accounts• Three interviews with each participantData AnalysisActivity Theory:• Descriptive analytical framework• Open coding and thick description
  • 9. Some Findings_____________________________________________Identity Construction• Cultural artefacts• Genre knowledge and figured worldsNegotiating Practice Contexts• Multiple doctoral research cultures• Peripheral doctoral contextsAuthenticity in Digital Contexts• “Privileged Insight”• Social, cultural and political dimensions
  • 10. Some Findings_____________________________________________Partiality in Digital Contexts• Partially realised identities• Integrated with other doctoral practices• Dominant cultural practicesAmbiguity in Digital Contexts• Interactive vs. broadcast metaphors• Imagined audiences
  • 11. Digital Beetham, H., McGill, L., & Littlejohn, A. (2009). Thriving in the 21st century: Literacies Literacies for the digital age (LLiDA Project). The Caledonian Academy. JISC.“ (R)ecognising technology practice as diverse and constitutive of personal identity, including identity in different peer, subject and workplace communities, and individual styles of participation. Beetham et al. (2009:3) “
  • 12. Thanks Andy Coverdale Blog: Twitter: @andycoverdale