What is it about?

This paper adopts hope theory as a lens on our intersectional experiences of career making, building and progression as South Asian scholars working in white academe of Australia. We use collaborative autoethnography to share our narratives of working in Australian universities at three different stages of careers, applying Snyder's model of hope theory to interrogate our own goal-setting behaviours, pathways and agentic thinking.

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Why is it important?

Identity, positioning and possibilities intersect differently for South Asian women in white academia. Within a broader migrant community that defines Australian life, these identities and positioning imply great possibility, but pursuing such pathways within academia is a walk on the last strand of resilience. This paper explores this tension of possibilities and constraints, using hope theory to highlight the cognitive resistance evident in the narratives of three South Asian women in Australian academia.


We propose that hope as a cognitive state informs resistance and enables aspirations to contribute within academia in meaningful ways whilst navigating the terrain of inequitable structures.

Dr Nicola Sum
Monash University

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This page is a summary of: Hope theory as resistance: narratives of South Asian scholars in Australian academia, Equality Diversity and Inclusion An International Journal, November 2023, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/edi-03-2023-0085.
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