2023 International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN)

January 2-5, 2023 (online [Zoom])

Given the continued prevalence of Covid-19, travel restrictions, international conflict, and the uncertain financial constraints faced by many scholars and organizations, the 2023 International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN) will continue as a fully online event. The symposium will occur via Zoom on January 2-5, 2023. Eastern Standard Time (EST) will be used for all symposium 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. (Proposals to present at the 2023 ISAN have since closed; they were due August 15. If you submitted a proposal, acceptance emails were sent on September 11. If you did not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder.)

Registration costs $50 (USD) for full-time faculty and $35 (USD) for students, part-time faculty, independent scholars, and anyone experiencing financial hardship.* Only those who have registered for the symposium will have access to panels, workshops, and social events.

Click here to register for the 2023 ISAN.

The first draft of the symposium program will be available to all registrants on December 1, 2022. Registrants will have at least one month to view pre-recorded symposium presentations (via links). If you are interested in a particular presentation, then you should view the presentation before the symposium begins (January 2-5, 2023).

If you want to review the 2022 ISAN, click here to access the program, proceedings, and recordings of select sessions.


If you had a submission ACCEPTED for presentation at the 2023 ISAN, click here to submit the video recording of your presentation. The recording of your presentation is due by 11:59pm (EST) November 15, 2022.

We encourage you to upload your recording to YouTube (preferred). On YouTube, you can add an abstract for your presentation and you can leave comments on others’ presentations. If you cannot upload a video to YouTube, then you can upload an audio/video file using another hosting platform such as Vimeo, OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive. A prerecorded presentation is required in order to appear on the 2023 ISAN program.

All presenters must register for the symposium by November 15, 2022. Presenters will only appear in the final program if they have a) submitted the link to their presentation and b) registered for the symposium.

Please note that all presentation links, discussion sessions, and other symposium activities will only be available to symposium registrants. However, presenters 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 registrant is found to be sharing or recording a session without permission, they will not be allowed to participate in this symposium or in any future symposia 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 symposium.

Please direct all inquiries to Tony Adams at tony.e.adams@gmail.com.

* If you cannot pay the registration fee, we will have a limited number of opportunities to assist with the symposium in exchange for a waived registration fee. To be considered for a fee waiver, contact Tony Adams (tony.e.adams@gmail.com) by November 15, 2022.


Below is a recording of the 2022 International Association of Autoethnography and Narrative (IAANI) business meeting.


Below is a recording of the 2021 International Association of Autoethnography and Narrative (IAANI) business meeting.


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.