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British Autoethnography Conference 2019

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Join us in Bristol for the British Autoethnography Conference 2019 which will take place on 22nd–23rd July 2019.

Pre-conference workshop facilitators include

  • Alec Grant and Trude Klevan
  • Ken Gale
  • Kitirna Douglas and David Carless

The Conference provides an interdisciplinary space to explore the many different ways we come to know, understand and communicate research. We hope that novice researchers will be supported to develop their practice alongside those of us with more experience.

Our aim with the conference is that we inspire and challenge one another, that we nurture and care for each other, and that we witness and respond to the presentations and performances.

At the same time, we hope our autoethnographic work will challenge oppression, social injustice, stigma and discrimination in powerful ways. We hope too that autoethnographers can use their bodies, skills and insight to shed light on issues that are difficult to explore and understand, often taboo, or seldom witnessed.

The conference is not run within an academic setting for many reasons. One is to remind us all that research, learning and understanding are human pursuits and likely to be of interest to many people (not just academics). We invite presenters to consider the language we use, how we can engage each other and the impact of our work within wider society and our communities.

We hope the space created between and around us provides opportunities to share, celebrate, develop and explore how our own lives, experiences, stories and art shape and challenge the world we live in, our communities and each other.

Once again we welcome performance, installations, dance, music, poetry, films and multimedia presentations as well as more traditional academic papers.

Conference themes: Activism, social justice and collaboration

  • How can our lives, work and activism play a role in challenging oppression, social injustice, and neoliberal norms?
  • How might autoethnography create space/spaces which help us become more aware of societal oppressions?
  • Playing with new ways of thinking or being or relating in the world?
  • Breaking taboos and or should some silence remain
  • Ethical challenges and negotiations when creating accounts of our own lived experiences


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