Given the continued prevalence of Covid-19 nationally and internationally, travel restrictions, and the uncertainty and financial constraints faced by many scholars, the 2022 International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN) will be a fully online conference. The conference will occur via Zoom on January 3-5, 2022. Eastern Standard Time (EST) will be used for all conference activities. 

ISAN will provide scholars and practitioners of all experience levels an opportunity to present their autoethnographic and personal narrative projects and to participate in dialogue and sociability with scholars across a variety of disciplines. Conference sessions will:

• Use autoethnography and/or personal narrative to engage social, political, cultural, and personal issues;
• Address theoretical or methodological aspects of autoethnography and narrative; and/or
• Interrogate or advance autoethnographic and narrative practices

Registration will cost $25 (USD) for all participants. Participants must use a debit or credit card to pay the registration fee. If a participant does not have a debit or credit card, they should have someone pay on their behalf. Only those who have registered for the conference will have access to panels, workshops, and social events.* On January 3, 2022 we will also have a day of workshops (Kakali Bhattacharya; Jonathan Wyatt; Marquese McFerguson; times TBD). To participate in the workshops, there will be an additional $25 fee.

Click here to register for the conference.

On December 1, 2021, the program will be made available to all registrants. Registrants will have at least one month to view the (prerecorded) conference presentations (see below). If a registrant is interested in a particular presentation, they should watch the video before the conference begins. 

If you had a proposal accepted for the conference, please read the following instructions:

• You have until November 15, 2021 to record and submit an audio or video recording of your presentation. We recommend 10-12 minute presentations, but you can record as short or long as you desire (conference participants will determine how much of your presentation they will watch).

• You must upload your recording to YouTube (preferred) or to Vimeo, OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Using the form below, you will submit a link to the recording. The link will appear in the conference program and will be used to view your presentation.

• In addition to submitting a link to your recorded presentation by November 15, 2021, you must also register for the conference by November 15, 2021. Presenters will only appear in the final conference program if they have a) submitted the link to their presentation (below) and b) registered for the conference. (Click here to register for the conference.)

• On January 4-5, 2022, there will be multiple discussion sessions devoted to the prerecorded presentations. Each session will have a moderator who will keep time, begin and end the session, and make sure that each panelist has an opportunity to talk about their presentation. You will not present during these sessions; you have already presented via your prerecorded video. Instead, these sessions will be interactive, providing a space for you to meet and talk to other panelists, for audience members to ask questions and make comments, and for the moderator to offer brief commentary, if desired. To encourage participation and stimulate discussion, we do suggest that each panelist provide a brief (2-3 minute) summary of their video at the start of the (live) conference session, but, out of respect for other participants, please be mindful of time.

• All presentation links, discussion sessions, and other conference activities will only be available to registrants. However, participants should recognize that a registrant possibly could share these links or recorded sessions without permission. Although we cannot totally control these unethical practices, we will take every precaution to constrain them. If any participant is found to be sharing or recording a session without permission, they will not be allowed to continue participating in this conference or in any future conferences organized by this Association. Unfortunately, if a participant has concerns about online privacy, sharing, and recording, then it is probably best that they refrain from participating in the conference. 

• In the next few months, we will develop and share some possible publication opportunities for conference presenters. We are still working out the details. 

We look forward to working with everyone virtually! 

Please direct all inquiries to Tony Adams at

We held the International Association of Autoethnography and Narrative (IAANI) business meeting via Zoom on Monday, February 22 at 4pm (Eastern Standard Time). A recording of the meeting can be found below.

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 Google Group/listserv.)

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.