SIG in Autoethnography

Call for Participation

Special Interest Group (SIG) on Autoethnography:

Autoethnography, Activism and the Public Sphere

13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 

All are invited to attend/participate in the following:

  • ‘Taking it Public’ Papers and Performances and Collaborative Workshops: Wednesday, May 17 from 9 am to 2:30 pm
  • Submitted paper and panel sessions sponsored by the Autoethnography SIG on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 (see the 2017 ICQI call for papers and participation for more information).

 SIG Theme 2017: Autoethnography, Activism, and the Public Sphere

 Keeping in mind the theme of this year’s ICQI gathering and the challenge to engage in “interpretive, critical, performative qualitative research that matters in the lives of those who daily experience social injustice,” the 2017 Autoethnography SIG focuses how, when, and why autoethnography is an activist activity and how autoethnographers might participate in public conversations about:

  • Social injustices
  • Inequities in the economy, education, employment, the environment, health, housing, food, and water
  • Efforts to create peace and fairness

Answering the call to “resist, to celebrate community, to experiment with traditional and new methodologies and with new technologies of representation,” this SIG gathering will explore and enact an autoethnography that enables us to live more reflective, more meaningful, and more just lives.

We invite you to participate in the following events and activities:

Events and Activities

Wednesday, May 17: ‘Taking It Public’ Papers/Performances and Collaborative Workshops

Taking it Public Sessions 9:00-10:15 and 10:30-11:45

We will begin with paper presentations that make public just how and where autoethnography constitutes an activist practice and makes meaningful interventions in communities and in the world. The panels are comprised of emerging and established autoethnographers including:  Norman Denzin, Ron Pelias, Jonathan Wyatt, Ken Gale, Tami Spry, Sophie Tamas, Marcelo Diversi, Claudio Moriera, Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, Durell Callier, Dominique Hill, Kakali Bhattacarya, Amber Johnson, Devika Chawla, Chris Poulos, Robin Boylorn,  Sandra Faulkner, Karen Werner, A.B., David Purnell, Anne Harris, and Stacy Holman Jones.

Panelists will make brief presentations to allow ample time for discussion.

Collaborative Workshops 12:30-2:00

Following the ‘Taking it Public’ sessions, we will convene three collaborative workshops focusing on the following approaches/issues/topics:

  • Stand-up Autoethnography led by Jonathan Wyatt
  • Blogging & Autoethnography led by Robin Boylorn
  • Digital Autoethnography led by Anne Harris and A.B.

Autoethnography SIG-Sponsored Papers, Performances, or Panels

Please submit abstracts for individual papers, performances or panels via the following link:

Be sure to indicate that you would like your submission to be considered as part of the Autoethnography SIG programming.

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts is December 1, 2016.