Call for Participation
Autoethnography 2022 Special Interest Group (SIG):
Autoethnographic Visions of Transformation, Utopia and Hope
Wednesday May 18, 2:00-6:00 pm (US Central Time).
The theme of this year’s ICQI conference, Transformative Visions and Utopias of Hope in Qualitative Inquiry calls us to critically reflect on how the personal and everyday helps create and connect with collective visions of social, political and cultural transformation, utopia and hope.
In this SIG day, we aim to:
- Connect personal and collective experience with frameworks (philosophical, theoretical, activist, literary, ritual, and/or mythological) of transformation, utopia and hope
- Ask how autoethnography can help us not only cope individually but also act collectively to create better and more sustainable futures for all, and
- Share ideas, resources, and strategies that inspire and improve our current practice along the way
2:00-2:10 Welcome/Format of the Session
2:10-3:20 The Personal is Utopian (80 minutes)
A panel of invited speakers will open the session by sharing work that connects personal experience with a philosophical, theoretical, activist, literary, ritual, and/or mythological vision of transformation, utopia and hope. This series of short and imaginative offerings aims to connect an expansive vision of the possible with the everyday realities of now.
3:30-4:30 The Collective is Utopian (80 minutes)
Drawing on the connections of the personal to the utopian, the speakers in this second movement will share work that connects their collaborations with a philosophical, theoretical, activist, literary, ritual, and/or mythological vision of transformation, utopia and hope. This series of short and imaginative offerings aims to connect the power of the collective with a vision of what might be.
4:50-6:00 Collective Speculation Open Mic (80 minutes)
The SIG day will culminate in a session that aims to collectively speculate on autoethnographic futures aimed at transformation, utopia and hope. This session makes room for spoken word, singing, and the utopian raving that sometimes talks dreams closer to possibility and features some of our community’s most inventive and fanciful thinkers and makers, along with those in attendance who feel moved to share their own vision.
In addition to the SIG pre-conference gathering, please also:
- Sign up for Thursday workshops that explore autoethnography and
- Submit papers and panel sessions to and/or attend ICQI Friday/Saturday sessions sponsored by the SIG