IAANI Awards

The International Association of Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry (IAANI) invites nominations for the following awards to be given at the 2022 International Symposium of Autoethnography and Narrative (January 2-5, 2022).

This year, nominations will be accepted for awards in the categories of:

  • Outstanding Book
  • Outstanding Audio and/or Visual Project
  • Outstanding Thesis (Masters) and Outstanding Dissertation (Doctoral)

A review committee will determine award recipients. Recipients are expected to register for and attend the conference should they receive an award. Submissions for all awards are due July 15, 2021.

You must have a Google account to submit award nominations and upload all necessary files. If you do not have a Google account, a) please create one to upload nomination files or b) ask someone with a Google account to submit a nomination on your behalf.

OUTSTANDING BOOK

Nominations for this award must be for books published in the two calendar years (2020-2021) prior to the year of the conference at which the award will be given. Publication date will be determined by the date on the final published work.

To be considered for this award, nominators must submit a PDF of the nominated work with a brief cover letter that includes contact information and a short description of this work’s contribution to autoethnography and personal narrative. Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

OUTSTANDING AUDIO and/or VISUAL PROJECT

This award will be given to an outstanding audio and/or visual project (e.g., podcast, staged performance, art installation, documentary) that demonstrates excellent use of autoethnography and personal narrative. Nominations for this award must be for projects created in the two calendar years (2020-2021) prior to the year of the conference at which the award will be given.

To be considered, nominations must include:

  • A letter of nomination with contact information and that describes this work’s contribution to autoethnography and personal narrative. The letter should also describe how/when/where the project was exhibited/performed/screened and any other relevant information.
  • PDF of relevant text/images of the project or a link to the nominated work.

Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

OUTSTANDING THESIS (Masters) and OUTSTANDING DISSERTATION (Doctorate)

These awards will recognize exceptional autoethnographic and narrative research at the masters and at the doctoral levels. Nominations for these awards must be for theses and dissertations defended in the two calendar years (2020-2021) prior to the year of the conference at which the award will be given. The final defense date will determine the eligibility of the award.

  • A letter of nomination summarizing the project’s significant contributions to autoethnography and personal narrative. The letter should also note the final defense date of the work.
  • A PDF of the entire thesis/dissertation

Self-nominations are NOT accepted for the Outstanding Thesis and Outstanding Dissertation awards.

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Nominations for all awards will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Accessible and well-crafted evocative and analytical writing
  • Engagement with lived experience, such as emotion, subjectivity, and the body
  • Contribution to the field of autoethnography and personal narrative
  • Practical significance and contribution to social justice

CLICK HERE to submit a nomination for an award. (You must have a Google account to submit award nominations and upload all necessary files.) Submissions for all awards are due July 15, 2021.

An author can have only one nomination in each award category. The award committees may choose not to give an award if there is only one nomination. 

If any of your nomination files are larger than 1GB, please find a way to share the files via a shared link. You can submit the link on the nomination form.

We will notify award recipients on or before September 15, 2021.

 

Past IAANI Award Winners

Best Journal Article or Book Chapter Award

The Best Journal Article or Book Chapter Award is given to a work published in the two calendar years prior to the year of the conference at which the award will be given. Publication date will be determined by the date on the final published work (not the date on an “online first” publication). Submissions were reviewed based on originality; creativity; accessible and well-crafted evocative and analytical writing; engagement with lived experience, such as emotion, subjectivity, and the body; and significance of contribution to the field and/or to social justice.

2021: David F. Purnell, “I Should Have Been Wearing the Pink Triangle,” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (2020) 9(1): 46–62.

 

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award is designed to recognize scholars who have a demonstrated record of using autoethnography and narrative in exemplary and promising ways. Eligible nominees include anyone who has completed a terminal degree (e.g., MFA, PhD, EdD) during the five years prior to the year the award is given, e.g., those receiving their degree between 2016-2020 were eligible for the 2021 award.

2021: Benny LeMaster, Arizona State University

 

Arthur Bochner and Carolyn Ellis Resonance Award

The Arthur Bochner and Carolyn Ellis Resonance Award is given for a work (book, article, book chapter, staged performance, art installation) demonstrating excellence in autoethnography and narrative that has stood the test of time. The work could be considered a “classic” text that has served as a stimulus for novel approaches to and understandings of autoethnography and narrative. For this award, nominated works should be at least five years old at the time of the nomination. 

2021: Ronald J. Pelias, A Methodology of the Heart

 

Journal of Autoethnography Article of the Year Award

This award goes to the article published in a particular a year that best demonstrates originality and creativity, the use of well-crafted evocative and/or analytical writing, shows the author’s engaged lived experience, and makes a significant contribution to the field of autoethnography.

2020: Devika Chawla, “The Essay”