Making sense of transnational academics’ experiences: Constructive marginality in liminal spaces

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Throughout this volume, our authors in Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania have consistently portrayed higher education and the academic market as increasingly global-leading universities to hire foreign faculty members with greater frequency than ever before. Once these faculty members are “imported,”they face a broad search for meaning in their new position as a transnational scholar. In Chapter 9, Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich describes her “ongoing liminal position as an academic other”in which one is constantly a learner and observer, thus conferring “advantages and analytical adventures.”This concluding chapter is an attempt to understand better such liminality: Its qualities; how transnational faculty members, their coworkers, and institutions can successfully deal with its challenges; and how an inclusive approach can enrich and benefit the work dynamics of host organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrossing Boundaries and Weaving Intercultural Work, Life, and Scholarship in Globalizing Universities
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781317578802
ISBN (Print)9781138954182
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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