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We understand autoethnography as a methodological approach that recognizes, and uses, personal experiences and feelings in the center of the analysis, rather than hiding them away. In the panel we will combine research presentations with a workshop on autoethnographic and creative writing.
A common understanding of the autoethnographic method is that it involves making oneself a part of what is being studied to some extent. We understand autoethnography as a methodological approach that recognizes, and uses, personal experiences and feelings in the center of the analysis, rather than hiding them away. In many ethnographic studies, playing by the rules is to maintain a certain degree of distance towards the field of research. What can be gained if we developed new methods and theories for this boundary work? Do researchers and fields need to be separated in order for knowledge to be created, or can the lack of distance be an asset? How far can you bend, or even break, the rules and norms of research and still be able to call it research?
This panel takes the next step and explores questions of ethnographic knowledge production by focusing on the autoethnographic method. In the panel we will combine research presentations of various kinds with a workshop on autoethnographic and creative writing, thus including the autoethnographic approach as both process and product.
We invite participants that wish to contribute to a discussion on autoethnography, whether it is about methodology, research ethics or ways to disseminate research. We welcome traditional paper presentations as well as more experimental displays, such as readings, and different kinds of performances. The panel will be open for digital participation.