Friday, March 11


Presenting Autoethnographies

Plaza Verde Vista Verde Room, 9:00 am to 10:15 am


Tony Adams, Ph.D. (Northeastern Illinois University), Derek Bolen, Ph.D. (Angelo State University), Art Bochner, Ph.D. (University of South Florida), Robin Boylorn, Ph.D. (University of Alabama), Carolyn Ellis, Ph.D. (University of South Florida), Brandon Hensley, Ph.D. (Millikin University), Sandy Pensoneau-Conway, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Desireé Rowe, Ph.D. (Towson University), Lisa Tillmann, Ph.D. (Rollins College).


This interactive workshop will focus on presenting autoethnographic research. Topics will include benefits of, and reactions to, sharing autoethnographic research; strategies for, and ethical issues with, presenting vulnerable experiences; evaluating autoethnographic presentations and responding to criticism; and conferences that welcome autoethnography. Participants will have sufficient time to ask questions about presenting their autoethnographic projects.


Autoethnographic Storytelling: A Writing Workshop

Plaza Verde Vista Verde Room, 10:30 am to 11:45 am


Art Bochner, Ph.D. (University of South Florida)


This workshop will focus on the craft of autoethnographic writing.  Topics will include:  (1) Features of Autoethnographic Storytelling;  (2) Framing and Structuring Stories;  (3) Writing Regiments;  (4) Voice-Action-Dialogue; (5) Bending and Blending Genres;  (6) Discipline; (7) Memory and Truth;  (8) The Writing Life.


Writing Where it Hurts: Critical Autoethnography As Catharsis

Plaza Verde Vista Verde Room, 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Robin M. Boylorn, Ph.D. (University of Alabama)


This interactive workshop will integrate the embodied and emotional process of writing and engaging autoethnography that “hurts”.  By taking on the role/point of view of a writer, reader, critic,  editor/reviewer, and teacher, participants will work through different ways of “doing autoethnography" that is triggering, painful, hurtful and/or traumatic.  We will discuss the cathartic processes of writing (when/where it hurts) and collect strategies for engaging critical autoethnography in a way that promotes healing and transformation.


Negotiating Autoethnographic Projects: Dissertations, Theses, and Other Projects

Plaza Verde Vista Verde Room, 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm


Sandy Pensoneau-Conway, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) & Derek Bolen, Ph.D. (Angelo State University)


In this workshop, we explore potentially challenging moments involved with advising and being advised on autoethnographic projects. Coming from multiple perspectives, through participatory reflection and discussion, we hope to respond to questions such as:

  • How do/should we advise autoethnographic projects?
  • How do we provide feedback on personal experience? What feedback is meaningful for writers?
  • What are the ethics of disclosure between teacher/student-advisor/advisee in autoethnographic projects—from all perspectives?
  • What happens when the line between the personal and the academic relationship blurs?

This group discussion is designed to be inclusive for autoethnographic advisors, advisees, readers, and writers of all levels.