ISAN 2021

CFP: International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative

January 1-4, 2021
Dolphin Beach Resort,
St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA

We are continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will provide an update about the status of the symposium in July 2020.

The Dolphin Beach Resort has hosted four conferences since 1990 foregrounding autoethnographic and narrative scholarship. In 2021, the Resort will be our host location for a fifth conference, the International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN).

ISAN seeks to provide scholars and practitioners of all experience levels an opportunity to present their autoethnographic and narrative projects and to participate in dialogue and sociability with scholars across a variety of disciplines. We invite proposals for papers, performances, and panels to be considered for presentation at the 2021 Symposium. Creative and innovative approaches to autoethnography are encouraged.

Proposals might:.
• use autoethnography and/or narrative inquiry to explore social, political, cultural, and personal issues;
• address theoretical or methodological aspects of autoethnography;
• interrogate or advance autoethnographic and narrative practices.
Proposals must take the form of an extended abstract (500-750 words).

Click here to submit a proposal. The submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference (if selected). Due to space and time limitations, participants are limited to no more than two proposals. The deadline for all proposals is July 15, 2020.

ISAN’s registration fee structure is as follows:
• $70 fee (USD) for full-time professionals, researchers, faculty, and retired faculty
• $30 fee (USD) for students, part-time faculty, and guests/non-presenters

Registration fees must be paid by September 1, 2020 in order for presentations to be scheduled in the Symposium program. There is no refund of registration fees after December 1, 2020. (If an attendee is experiencing financial hardship and is unable to pay the registration fee, we will have a limited number of opportunities to assist with the conference in exchange for a waived fee. To be considered for a fee waiver, contact Tony Adams [] by September 1, 2020.)

ISAN is sponsored by the International Association of Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry (IAANI). IAANI advances the use of autoethnography and narrative inquiry throughout the world through social scientific, humanistic, and aesthetic writing and performing. As a non-profit educational organization, IAANI is exempt from U.S. federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

LODGING: The Symposium will be held at The Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach Florida. To reserve a room, guests must call the Dolphin Beach reservation department at 800-237-8916 and ask for the “International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN)” Group Block listed under group code: G/ISAN/2021. Room Rates: Gulf front rooms, $154.00; Poolside rooms, $134.00; Standard rooms, $114.00. Group rates are for up to 2 guests in a room and are subject to 13% tax and a $10.00 parking fee per night if you have a car. Only one car is allowed to be registered per room. Group rates are NOT available online. The group room block is available until filled or December 1, 2020.

ISAN will begin on the afternoon of Friday, January 1. The primary conference days will be Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3. We only have the group rate for the nights of January 1-4, 2021; we do not have the group rate for December 31, 2020. If you plan to arrive on/before January 1, please make arrangements with the hotel.

TRAVEL: The conference hotel is accessible via three airports:  Tampa (TPA), St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE), and Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ). (Most attendees will fly into Tampa–it is the largest of the three airports.) Travel to the hotel is NOT provided by the conference. An Uber/Lyft from the Tampa airport will be approximately $35-50 (depending on time of day/traffic). Each airport may have additional options for ground transportation–please seek and confirm these options on their websites.

Please direct all inquiries to Tony Adams at