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Autoethnographic Film as a Site of Self-Making 
Convenor:
Elena Guzman (Indiana University Bloomington)
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Format :
Panel
Sessions:
Tuesday 7 March, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This multimedia panel brings together the written and visual to explore the power of autoethnographic film as a site of self-making and healing. The panelist's short films and analysis will offer a nuanced take on the futures of autoethnographic filmmaking through a feminist filmmaking lens.

Long Abstract:

This multimedia panel brings together the written and visual to explore the power of autoethnographic film as a site of self-making and healing. Autoethnography is a critical feminist method that harnesses the power of personal experience as a critical form of knowledge (McClaurin 2001). As Catherine Russell notes in her critical work (1999) the power of autoethnography lies in its ability to not only foreground the personal but also to combat vectors of oppression. Thus autoethnography, when oriented in this way, can be a powerful tool for reclamation and self-making. This panel brings together three women of color scholars whose autoethnographic films are used as tools to counter-narratives of racism, queerphobia, sexism, and xenophobia as they seek to visually reconcile and disrupt their spatiotemporal realities through their own borderlands (Anzaldua 1989). The process of shooting, creating, and showcasing a film are all critical spaces in which the autoethnographic is enacted and visualized. At the same time, the process of creating autoethnography allows for each person to create experiences, realities, and spaces of healing. In using visual tools of filmmaking each panelist visualizes feminist futures that become actualized through the process of making and watching their films. When brought together, each of these films and written reflections offer a nuanced take on the future of autoethnographic filmmaking through a feminist filmmaking lens.

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Session 1 Tuesday 7 March, 2023, -
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