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Date of Graduation
Master of Arts (MA)
School of Communication Studies
Utilizing creative analytic practices of poetic vignettes and personal narratives (Richardson, 1999), throughout this autoethnographic thesis project I illustrate how I talk about my lived experiences, as a refugee, a child of war in Kosovo, and as a Kosovar international student in the U.S. I was forcibly displaced in 1999 when the Serbian government began a campaign of ethnic cleansing and oppression in Kosovo with the goal of erasing our culture, history, and language. Twenty years later, I still sense a reluctance of those in my family and culture, including myself, to give voice to the most difficult times in our history, a lack of ownership of our own stories, and a feeling of transgenerational trauma that still ripples through me and every child born in Kosovo. Carrying the residue of trauma in my body and my mind, I draw upon fragments of memory from my childhood juxtaposed with present-day experiences to explore moments of my life as a Kosovar international student in the U.S. while rendering the deep impacts of war trauma and cultural adjustment.
Gashi, Erjona, "Finding my feet: An autoethnographic study of a Kosovar student" (2020). Masters Theses, 2020-current. 49.