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.


Registration is $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. There is no refund of registration fees after December 1, 2020.

ISAN Registration

You can pay the registration fee 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 preferred email and click “Continue to Payment.” You will then go to the “Guest Checkout” page. 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.

20.00 $

The program will be made available to all registrants on December 15, 2020. The program will include links to prerecorded presentations and have information about live workshops, panels, and social events to be held during the conference (January 2-3, 2021).

Information for Presenters

Submissions for the conference closed August 1, 2020. If you submitted a proposal that has been accepted for presentation, please record a video of your presentation by December 1, 2020. (Although the video can be any length, we encourage 10-12 minute presentations.) Upload the video to YouTube (preferred), or to Vimeo, OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive, and then complete the presentation information below. The presentation links will appear in the program. After the conference, you can delete the link.

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

Presenters must register for the conference by December 1, 2020. Presenters will only appear in the official program if they have submitted a link to their presentation AND registered for 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 Google Group/listserv.)

Although conference activities will only be available to registrants, please recognize that any registrant could share or record sessions without permission. We cannot control these unethical practices, only 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 reconsider participating in the conference.


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.


* 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.