Istanbul beloved: places of learning, potentials, and pedagogy
Turkman, Sonya Grace
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My dissertation research is a study of movement—movements that were revealed through writing and the new, different movements that this work put into motion. I investigated the ways in which Istanbul and I are in a marriage: we each exist independently with lives, histories, memories, and bodies; but we also exist together in an evolving and growing relationship. This relationship was revealed as I was writing and re-writing, telling and re-telling, storying and re-storying, envisioning and revisioning Istanbul, our relationship, and myself. Over the course of three years I studied what I knew about these movements and relationships, and how I came to know them differently, unexpectedly even. This study was guided by three interpretive research questions: (1) In what ways did mapping my movement claim Istanbul as my place of learning? (2) In what ways did mapping my movement disrupt, resist, unravel, and extend my pedagogy? And (3) What did I do with it all? And how did I do with it all? Theoretical orientations of places of learning, potentials, and pedagogy were combined to create a unique way to reveal a multiplicity of movement. The significance of this work was found in the ways it sought to pry open and explore my movements in ways that set new movements into motion. Using autoethnography, I wrote stories in several forms to reveal my doing and to investigate the ways in which my knowing and doing changed, while I challenged the ways I said one thing and did another. Layered and clustered as data and analyses these stories attended to all that happened in the meantime over the course of three years, inviting me, and you, to think differently, move differently, and ask new, different questions.