ICAE 2021 Information

This is the 8th International Conference of Autoethnography and one the organising committee are really looking forward to. Many of us found the 2020 conference provided an oasis in the dessert, and given the pandemic continues to bring challenges on a daily basis, we hope this year’s gathering will again be a refuge and bring support.

Please look through some of last year’s submissions if you would like to gain a feeling for the diverse types of presentation, performances and contributions.

If you have questions or queries please contact our conference administrator Jessie Ip at Jessie@sofiacentre.org.uk

This years theme: Bodies Territories Touch

In the previous 12 months dramatic events have unfolded across the world. Our inclination to touch has been arrested by a virus with no respect for bodies or territories. Likewise, the fires and flooding that have plagued many parts of Australia, South America, USA and Europe, pay no attention to borders or bodies as they consume and destroy everything in their path. In addition, political precedents have threatened democratic principles that hold peoples and territories together. Who has not been touched or troubled by these world events?

As authoethnographers, citizens of many countries and tribes, peoples and communities, we share a vision that through the telling of our individual and collaborative stories and experiences we might bring into focus how world events impact actual lives, and some of the consequences.

Our contributions voice poverty, exploitation, exclusion, power and disempowerment, mental health and illness, along with communion, advocacy, social justice, creativity, growth, activism and hope.

We invite you to share your work, experiences, reflections and creations. But you are also welcome to absorb from the sidelines or perhaps simply contribute to the conversation and solidarity.

We are an interdisciplinary conference where a variety of formats, methodologies and creative contributions are welcome, as are traditional conference contributions.

to submit an abstract or panel please follow this link “ICAE 2021 Abstract Submission” in the menu bar or select the following link


Key Note Presentations : Elyse Lamm Pineau, Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner (Title and abstract to follow)

Elyse Lamm Pineau
Still Point: Meditations on solitude, silence, and social sustainability

Elyse Lamm Pineau

I am a retired autoethnographic performance poet, theatre director, and arts-based educator exploring new avenues for art activism beyond academe and within my local community. For 25 years, I was a professor of Performance Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where my work focused on women’s lived and literary narratives, all aspects of stage production, and advocacy for cross-disciplinary, critically-engaged, arts-based pedagogies. My solo autoethnographic performances have been published in Liminalities,andText and Performance Quarterly,and my research in critical performative pedagogy has been published in U.S. education journals, as well as (in translation) in Brazil and Taiwan. The privilege of academic retirement has opened up new territories for community engagement, new demographics for collaboration, and new forms of artistic and political expression.

We are delighted to announce that Elyse will also be giving one of the pre conference workshops: follow this link http://boomerang-project.org.uk/autoethnography-conference-schedule/

Arthur P. Bochner is distinguished university professor emeritus of communication at the University of South Florida and an NCA Distinguished Scholar. He is the author of Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences (Left Coast Press, 2014) and co-author (with Carolyn Ellis) of Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories (Routledge, 2016). Bochner’s academic life has spanned five decades during which he was one of the originators of the dialectics of interpersonal communication; developed the conceptual framework for the study of interpersonal competence; advanced the idea of an epistemology of interactive communication; formulated the concepts of warm ideas, vulnerable medicine, and institutional depression; and helped to inaugurate the poetic science movement within qualitative research.  Professor Bochner served as Chair of USF’s Department of Communication for eight years and was the principal architect of the department’s Ph.D. Program that was recognized as the leading qualitative research program in the field of communication.  His current work focuses on love across the life cycle and blended genres of storytelling in the human sciences. He is also working on a book, Tales out of school: The forbidden in university life.

Carolyn Ellis is distinguished university professor emerita of communication and sociology at the University of South Florida (USF). She has established an international reputation for her contributions to the narrative study of human life.  Having published extensively in qualitative methods, storytelling, emotions, and loss and trauma, she integrates ethnographic, literary, and evocative writing in short stories, research articles, and documentaries to portray and make sense of lived experience in cultural context.  She is best known as an originator and developer of autoethnography, a reflexive approach to research, writing, and storytelling that connects the autobiographical and personal to the cultural, social, and political. Seeking to do research that has the possibility of improving human lives and enhancing social justice, she currently is engaged with survivors of the Holocaust in collaborative and compassionate interviews guided by a relational ethics of care.  Her most recent books are Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories (with Arthur Bochner, Routledge, 2016) and Final Negotiations: A Story of Love, Loss, and Chronic Illness, Expanded and Revised (Temple University Press, 2018).