ISAN 2021

International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN)

January 2-3, 2021

Given the continued outbreak of Covid-19 nationally and internationally, rapidly changing travel restrictions, and the uncertainty and financial contraints faced by many scholars, ISAN 2021 will be a fully online conference. The conference will occur via Zoom on January 2-3, 2021. Eastern Standard Time will be used for all conference activities. 2020.

ISAN will 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.

• Submissions for the 2021 conference have closed. Proposal acceptances will be sent by October 1, 2020.

• If a proposal is accepted, presenters must record a video of their presentation by December 1, 2020. (Although the video can be any length, we encourage 10-12 minute presentations.) Presenters must then upload the video to YouTube (preferred) or to Vimeo, OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive, and then send the link to Tony Adams ( The presentations/links will appear in the official program. After the conference, participants can delete the link/video.

• Registration will be $20 (USD) for all participants. Only those who register for the conference will have access to panels, workshops, and social events. To register for the conference, click on the “Pay with PayPal” button below. If a participant is experiencing financial hardship and cannot pay the registration fee, we will have a limited number of opportunities to assist with the conference in exchange for a waived registration fee. To be considered for a registration fee waiver, contact Tony Adams ( by December 1, 2020.

ISAN Registration

To register for the conference, click on the "Pay with PayPal" button. You can pay using a PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account or would prefer to pay as a "guest," click "Create an Account." Enter your email and click "Continue to Payment." You will then go to the "Guest Checkout" page. Once there, enter your payment information. If you do not want to create a PayPal account, then do not mark the "Save my payment info and create a PayPal account" box. 


• Presenters must register for the conference by December 1, 2020. Presenters will only appear in the official program if they have a) sent the link to their presentation to and b) registered for the conference. There is no refund of registration fees after December 1, 2020.

• By December 15, 2020, the program will be made available to all  registrants. Registrants will have at least two weeks to view the presentations (via links). If a registrant is interested in a particular presentation, they should watch the video before the conference begins.

• During the actual conference (January 2-3, 2021), there will be several 45-minute discussion sessions devoted to the video presentations. Each sessions will have a moderator who will begin/end/monitor the session. Participants will not present during these sessions; they have already presented via the 10-12 minute video presentation. Instead, these sessions will be interactive: audience members can ask questions of panelists, panelists can meet other panelists, the moderator can offer insights, etc.

• All presentation links, discussion sessions, and other conference activities will only be available to registrants. Participants should recognize that registrants could share these links or record sessions without permission. Although we cannot control these unethical practices, we forbid them. If any participant is caught sharing or recording a session without permission, they will be banned from participating in this conference and all future conferences. Unfortunately, if a participant has concerns about online privacy, sharing, and recording, then they should not participate in the conference.

• Conference updates and announcements are posted here, as well as on IAANI’s Facebook page. If you do not use Facebook or use it regularly, you can also join the IAANI Google Group/listserv. (You will need to use or
create a Google account to join the group.)

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.