2022 ISAN

The 2022 International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN) occurred via Zoom on January 3-5, 2022. The Symposium featured one keynote, four workshops, 11 special sessions, and 150+ individual presentations. More than 400 people registered for the symposium.

Below are recordings of many of the live sessions from the 2022 symposium. (We were not able to record the four workshops or three of the special sessions.) The recordings are listed in the order they appeared in the program.

Keynote Address

Taking it Home

Kitrina Douglas, University of West London & Leeds Beckett University

David Carless, University of the West of Scotland

Author Spotlight

Are You Two Sisters? The Journey of a Lesbian Couple

Susan Krieger, Stanford University (USA)

Interviewed by

Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida (USA)

Authored by one of the most respected figures in the field of personal ethnographic narrative, Are You Two Sisters? serves as both a memoir and a sociological study, telling the story of one lesbian couple’s lifelong journey together. Using a lively novelistic and autoethnographic approach that toggles back and forth in time, Are You Two Sisters? addresses not only questions of gender and sexuality, but also of disability, as Krieger explores how the couple adapts to her increasing blindness.” Click here for more information about the book.

Author Spotlight

An Autoethnography of African-American Motherhood: Things I Tell My Daughter

Renata Ferdinand, New York City College of Technology (USA)

Interviewed by

Alec Grant, Independent Scholar

An Autoethnography of African-American Motherhood: Things I Tell My Daughter is a Black feminist autoethnography focusing on mothering and motherhood. As an anti-racist and anti-misogynist text, it situates the everyday life experiences of a Black mother as she contends with multiple forms of systemic racial and gendered oppression while navigating the challenging terrain of motherhood. Moreover, it is a multi-generational text that blends the author’s experience with that of her mother’s, grandmother’s, and her daughter’s in an effort to engage in a larger discussion of U.S. Black mother/womanhood. It is the first full-length explicitly identified autoethnographic text on African American motherhood. Click here for more information about the book.

Performance Spotlight

Still Point

Elyse Pineau, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (USA)

Jason Hedrick, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (USA)

Author Spotlight

Do I Look at You with Love? Reimagining the Story of Dementia

Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross (USA)

Interviewed by

Arthur Bochner, University of South Florida (USA)

Do I Look at You with Love? These are the words uttered by Mark Freeman’s mother when she learned, once again, that he was her son. Freeman’s book explores their relationship as it evolved during the final 12 years of her life, from the time of her diagnosis of dementia until her death at age 93. Much of the story is tragic. But there were other periods and other dimensions of relationship that were beautiful and that could not have emerged without her very affliction. Part autoethnography, part narrative psychology, Freeman’s story is also a tragicomic meditation on the beauty and light that may be found amidst the ravages of time and memory. Click here for more information about the book.

Scholar Spotlight

Robin Boylorn

University of Alabama (USA)

Interviewed by

Mary E. Weems, Independent Scholar

Editor | Author Spotlight

Wayfinding and Critical Autoethnography

Fetaui Iosefo, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Stacy Holman Jones, Monash University (Australia)

Dan Harris, RMIT University (Australia)

Interviewed by

David Purnell, Mercer University

Wayfinding and Critical Autoethnography is the first critical autoethnography compilation from the global south, bringing together indigenous, non-indigenous, Pasifika, and other diverse voices which expand established understandings of autoethnography as a critical, creative methodology. This book centres around the traditional practice of “wayfinding” as a Pacific indigenous way of being and knowing, and this volume manifests traditional knowledges, genealogies, and intercultural activist voices through critical autoethnography. Click here for more information about the book.

Honorary Scholar Spotlight

Norman K. Denzin

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (USA)

Interviewed by

Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner, University of South Florida (USA)

Scholar Spotlight

Craig Gingrich-Philbrook

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (USA)

Interviewed by

Ragan Fox, California State University Long Beach (USA)

Author Spotlight

An Autoethnography of Fitting In: On Spinsterhood, Fatness and Backpacker Tourism

Phiona Stanley Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland)

Interviewed by

Christopher Poulos, University of North Carolina Greensboro (USA)

An Autoethnography of Fitting In: On Spinsterhood, Fatness, and Backpacker Tourism is a feminist narrative about the social rules of obedience and acquiescence to the norm – embodiment, heteronormativity, partnering – and about fitting in, or not, with those narratives. Set in the context of transnational work in Qatar, China, and elsewhere, and “road status” as negotiated and performed among long-term backpacker tourists, this book serves as an exemplar of how autoethnography can illuminate socio-cultural normativities and their effects – which are rarely explicit, but which nevertheless have great potential to harm – while problematizing and rethinking the meanings and semantic boundaries of fatness, queerness, and (hetero)normativity. Click here for more information about the book.

Spotlight Memorial Panel

Remembering Mary Gergen


Arthur Bochner and Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida (USA)


Diana Whitney, Corporation for Positive Change (Americas | Asia | Europe)

Sheila McNamee, University of New Hampshire (USA)

Frank Barrett, Naval Postgraduate School (USA)

Kenneth J. Gergen, Swarthmore College (USA)

Scholar Spotlight

Sandra Faulkner

Bowling Green State University

Interviewed by

Keith Berry, University of South Florida