British Autoethnography Conference 2020


We are excited to announce that the 2020 British International Conference of Autoethnography will again be held in Bristol on the Mon 20th and tues 21st July, with pre-conference workshops taking place on the Monday morning.
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The British Autoethnography Conference has for many years now drawn an internatinoal and  inter-disciplinary group of people together and our aim is to provide a space where we can explore the many different facets of autoethnography and the ways we come to know, understand and communicate. We hope that novice researchers will be supported to develop their practice alongside those of us with more experience.  

We also hope the conference (or more specifically the people and place) inspires and challenges as well as nurtures and provides care for each other. We hope 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 run outside of the usual “university” structure. One reason for this is to remind us all that research, learning and understanding are human pursuits and likely to be of interest to a variety of people (not just those who call themselves academics). As such 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, to 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 2019: Activism, Social justice, & Collaboration

  • How can our lives, work, 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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