Past Conferences

International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN)

2022 ISAN

2021 ISAN

Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry: Reflecting on the Legacy of Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner (2019)

For decades, Art Bochner and Carolyn Ellis have championed the development and application of autoethnography, narrative inquiry, and qualitative methods. As architects of the rise of autoethnography, Ellis and Bochner have been passionate advocates of novel forms of investigating, expressing, and representing lived experience through narrative modes of writing, storytelling, and performance. As authors and editors of multiple books, book series, edited collections, articles and essays, they have shown us how to fuse the personal and the academic, the arts and the social sciences, rigor and imagination. Individually and collectively, their work has touched the lives of thousands of students and scholars across the globe. Indeed, it would be surprising to meet an autoethnographic researcher whose work has not been influenced by their scholarship.

In 2019, we held a symposium to honor Ellis’ and Bochner’s work. (Click here for the program.)

Doing Autoethnography (2011-2020)

In 2011, Dr. Derek Bolen started the Doing Autoethnography conference at Wayne State University. The conference took place five additional times—2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2020. Derek’s time, energy, and vision has contributed greatly to the success of autoethnography in several academic contexts. Here are the programs from every Doing Autoethnography conference:  2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020.

Sandra Pensoneau-Conway, Tony Adams, and Derek Bolen edited Doing Autoethnography, a book that features research from the first five Doing Autoethnography conferences (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Contributors interrogate autoethnography ethically, theoretically, relationally, and methodologically, as well as address many interrelated themes: identity norms and negotiations; experiences tied to race, gender, sexuality, size, citizenship, and dis/ability; exclusion and belonging; oppression, injustice, and assault; barriers to learning/education; and living with/in complicated relationships.

International Conference of Autoethnography (UK; 2014-present)

The 9th International Conference of Autoethnography (formerly the British Conference of Autoethnography)was held in Bristol on July 17-19, 2022. Click here for more information.

2022 Program

2021 Program

2019 Program

2015 Program

2014 Keynote (Alec Grant)