Chronotopic Images of Multilingual Self

by Madina Djuraeva


The focus of this presentation is on the temporal and spatial categories invoked in the narratives of multilingual students in Kazakhstan. Using the data collected in internationalizing higher education institutions of the post-Soviet Central Asian nation-state, the narrative inquiry is utilized to analyze the life stories of students on becoming and being multilingual. The Bakhtinian notion of “chronotope” serves as a way to conceptualize multilingual identities shaped by images of space and time within wider processes of socio-economic, political, and historic changes. The preliminary findings suggest that focusing on chronotopes is meaningful in understanding multilinguals’ images of self in local, national, and global contexts.