ICAE10 2023 Information

10th Anniversary of the International Conference of Autoethnography

Online Pre Conference workshops: Sunday 16th July https://boomerang-project.org.uk/workshops-2/

Conference Dates: Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th July online and in person

On this page we provide information on 1. Conference theme, 2. Keynotes 3. Pre conference workshop, 4. How to participate, 5. Lifetime contribution award, 6. Inspiration

1. Final Programme

Final PROGRAMME ICAE 2023 is now available below. If you have a requests about your presentation or about chairing a session please contact our administrator Jessie Ip jessie@boomerang-project.org.uk


Ken Gale

Ken works in the Institute of Education in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business at the University of Plymouth, UK and has published widely and presented at several international conferences on the philosophy of education, research methodologies and collaborative approaches to education practices.

His current research involves the use of speculative and more than simply human approaches to theorising and inquiry, in encounters with creative and relational space making and the in-formational play between discursively constructed and materially constituted aspects of pedagogy and research in contemporary education. His most recent book, Writing and Immanence: Concept making and the reorientation of thought in pedagogy and inquiry was published by Routledge in January 2023.

Keynote Abstract: Activism, artfulness and autoethnography: is commensurability between the qualitative and the post qualitative possible?

This presentation will offer a mapping of autoethnography as a sensing of what it might be and, more importantly, what it can do. This mapping will consider the ways in which autoethnography has shifted, moved with, moved from and continues to move in relation to the encounters with the energies and forces of post qualitative theorising in action that have emerged in recent years. Close observation through a post qualitative lens might suggest that autoethnographic practices need to be scrutinised, claiming perhaps that its traditions, orthodoxies and practices are incommensurate with the ontological dispositions and theoretical orientations that these new and emergent ways of thinking and acting offer. In the light of these emergent new approaches, it must be asked if autoethnography, as a valued mode of inquiry with a long and hugely productive history, needs to examine its practices and to make changes in response to the theoretical and ontological movements and directions that post qualitative inquiry is generating. By acknowledging and engaging in post qualitative practices and ways of doing, perhaps it is time for suggesting that autoethnography must ensure that it does not limit its practice concerns to the self making proclivities of the autopoietic, to engaging with the narrow identifications and subjectivities of the neurotypical and to the individualising tendencies of the no more than simply human. By drawing attention to St. Pierre’s post qualitative engagements with ‘ontologies of immanence’, Manning’s use of the intuitive potential of ‘artfulness’ to activate the future and Madison’s call for ‘acts of activism’ in inquiry, the rhetoric of this presentation will be driven by the assertion that working with the simply human may no longer be enough if autoethnography is to continue to hold its important position in qualitative inquiry. Working speculatively and experimentally with concept making as event/full practice and using writing less as representation and more as immanent doing, this presentation will be animate in encouraging new and different ways of thinking in action for all autoethnographers to consider as possibly constitutive of their future practices.

Stacy Holman Jones & Daniel X. Harris

Keynote Abstract: Having a laugh: Autoethnography, laughter and the queer potential of public hilarity Stacy Holman Jones & Daniel X. Harris

Judith Butler’s 2019 talk Out of breath: Laughing and crying at the body’s limit explores how the body does different work through speaking and gesturing than it does when laughing and crying. Butler offers that laughter causes the body to “break apart and it shows itself breaking,” offering a collective and individual chance to “depart from a sense of the ordinary.” Autoethnography too seeks to show how bodies—and hearts, minds, and relationships—can break apart, break out and break open. Laughter also moves us out of a singular focus on the or a self. Through laughter, we can be ‘beside ourselves’, caught up in the collective contagion of public hilarity.  In this talk, we use autoethnography to explore the queer potential of the laughing body “as it breaks apart in public, as it breaks open new political potential” (Butler). Through a series of vignettes, jokes, and stories, we invite you to immerse yourselves with us in the power of laughter as affect, a collective restorative reverberation in the face of ongoing global hysteria, loss, fragmentation and fear. 


There are three workshops available on Sunday July 16th Online, with Gayle Letherby, Jamie Barnes and Alec Grant, please select the following link to learn more about the workshops and how to participate https://boomerang-project.org.uk/workshops-2/


Online: For those wishing to participate online the conference can be accessed through live/streamed and recorded sessions on zoom. The conference will be live streamed from The Engine House, Clifton Bristol, UK. The venue has a state of the art STEM video conferencing facility which includes a Shure STEM Ecosystem video conferencing and catch box microphones. This also ensures if you share from your home everyone at the conference can see, hear and interact with your work.

Online delegate fee includes Presentations, keynotes, break out room and coffee spaces, dedicated admin support and a curated schedule.

All presenters are required to register for the conference, but it is not a requirement that all delegates present to register select this following link https://boomerang-project.org.uk/registration/


For those who are making the journey to Bristol, we hope the beautiful spaces at the Engineers House supports different possibilities to share & reflect, to generate new conversations and friendships

VENUE: The Engineer’s House, Clifton Village, Bristol

Awaiting those able to travel in person are morning bacon butties, two course hot lunch and unlimited coffees/teas/fruit and biscuits throughout the day. Delegates can engage in as little or as much of the main programme as suits their interest and needs. There are numerous intimate spaces to share conversations, food or just to rest along with areas for larger groups and collegiate dining. 

Select this link to register https://boomerang-project.org.uk/registration/

In-person delegates fee includes:

  • Access to all online and in person sessions
  • Complimentary parking and covered bike store onsite 
  • Access to a beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces both for take meals and breaks as well as potentially to present/perform.
  • Breakfast snack, Cooked Lunch and unlimited refreshments which can be taken in the garden or dining rooms
  • Quiet areas outside of the conference suite for informal gatherings, conversations, to chill and take refreshments or prepare
  • The venue has both air conditioning and windows that open
  • Engineers House is a ten minute walk to Clifton Village,
Clifton is a very accessible area of Bristol, by car from junction 20 on the M5 it’s a short drive along the river Avon. From Tempe Meads and Parkway railway stations there are direct bus links as well as taxis, and a variety of bike routes that cross the city.

Clifton Village is an area of the city bursting with contemporary independent cafes, bars, restaurants, and boutiques as well as typical cosy English pubs.

The venue is also situated adjacent to Clifton Gorge and the Bristol Suspension Bridge. It backs onto the Bristol Downs park and a short stroll over the suspension bridge takes you into Ashton Park and Leigh Woods.


Each year the ICAE makes an award for “Lifetime Contribution”.

Previous holders of the award include Kim Etherington, Carolyn Ellis & Art Bocher, and Alec Grant.

Please consider nominating someone you feel as made not just a substantial contribution to our field, but has done so with a spirit of generosity, care and compassion.

If you would like to register for the conference or submit an abstract please use the main navigation tools at the top of the page.

For further information contact Jessie Ip jessie@boomerang-project.org.uk

Looking for inspiration

If you have never attending our conference we invite you to gain a feeling for the diverse types of presentation, performances and contributions, via our YouTube conference page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWNYTUbli3wRLda7ZmbpqOQ/videos below we share links to some of your previous Keynotes. You will also find information on last years “highlights” page http://boomerang-project.org.uk/meet-presenters/ Should you have questions or queries please contact our conference administrator Jessie Ip at Jessie@sofiacentre.org.uk


2022 The Heart of the Matter in Three Beats

Bryant Keith Alexander

This Performative Keynote, uses heart beats as a literal and figurative trope, and three movements to reference the proclivity of living at the confluence of the pandemic, racial unrest and intervening stresses of living relative to where I reside in the United States, and where you live, or where you roam. 

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2022 On violas, snails, oak trees and the right to roam

Trude Klevan

2021 Carolyn Ellis & Arthur Bochner, Touch me (with)in the Mourning: Living an Autoethnographic Life in a Global Pandemic.

2021 Elyse Pineau, Still Point: Meditations on Silence, Solitude and Social Sustainability

2020 David Carless, Community of “I”

2020 Sophie Tamas, “Salvage, Reclamation Writing”