Last year, 35 papers from graduate students around the world were presented at the inaugural “Doing Autoethnography” conference on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Over 100 people came to present work, engage in vibrant discussion, and build relationships at the first conference dedicated to autoethnography. This year, the tradition continues.


In order to provide graduate students the opportunity to present their autoethnographic endeavors and encourage dialogue among graduate students across a variety of disciplines, the Department of Communication, Mass Media and Theatre at Angelo State University invites submissions of completed papers and extended abstracts to be considered for presentation at the “Doing Autoethnography: (Re)writing Self, Other, and Society” graduate conference March 1-2, 2013 on the campus of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Tami Spry, Professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at St. Cloud State University and accomplished autoethnographer, will deliver the keynote address titled, "Privileging Autoethnography: The Politics of Craft." The conference also features autoethnography workshops facilitated by Dr. Tony Adams (Northeastern Illinois University), Dr. Stacy Holman Jones (California State University, Northridge), Dr. Jeanine Mingé (California State University, Northridge), Dr. Jake Simmons (Angelo State University), and Dr. Christopher C. Collins (Angelo State University).


Potential papers and/or extended abstracts might employ autoethnographic methods on a variety of topics (e.g., gender, sexuality, race, education), address autoethnography on a theoretical or methodological level, work to further aspects of autoethnography (or autoethnography in general), and/or interrogate practices in autoethnographic methods. Creative and innovative approaches to autoethnography are also encouraged. All papers and/or extended abstracts utilizing or discussing autoethnography are invited.


Completed papers should be no longer than 30 pages (doubled-spaced, excluding references) and extended abstracts should range from 3 to 8 pages. Other methods of doing autoethnography that might not translate to written form are also invited. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012. Participants will be notified of acceptance no later than December 20, 2012. Conference programming will be released January 15, 2013.


There are no registration fees associated with the conference for presenters and non-presenters. All programming is open for general admission.


Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Derek Bolen, derek.bolen@angelo.edu.

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