Call for abstracts: Autoethnography

Book 1: Autoethnographies of Doctoral Students in the United States
Book 2: Autoethnographies of International Doctoral Students in the United States
Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Ethan Tính Trịnh, and Bedrettin Yazan – Book 1
Ethan Tính Trịnh, Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, and Bedrettin Yazan – Book 2

Note: These edited volumes are under contract with Brill|Sense

These edited books are an insightful collection of autoethnographies of present and past doctoral students (see note below) in the United States. The purpose of these edited books is to serve as an instructional volume for individuals hoping to pursue or currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the United States and for university programs in higher education. The primary contributors to these edited books are past or present doctoral students in the United States. Inspired by the use of autoethnography (Chang, 2008) or autohistoria-teoría (Anzaldúa, 2002), authors examine their doctoral journeys through thick personal narratives and testimonials sharing lessons learned and words of wisdom with the readers. We, the editors of these edited volumes, want to continue to use writing as an art of emancipation and story-sharing in academia (Trinh & Pentón Herrera, 2021). For this purpose, we encourage authors to employ various forms of data such as visuals (i.e., pictures, drawings), poetry, and/or other forms of creative materials to share their doctoral journeys, lessons learned, and words of wisdom with the readership in the most authentic and critical ways. The style of writing for these edited volumes will be academic writing following APA style (7th edition).

Each edited book will comprise 13 to 15 chapters:

Book 1: Autoethnographies of Doctoral Students in the United States
● Book 1 will include contributions of students living in the United States who are pursuing or pursued a doctoral degree in the United States.

Book 2: Autoethnographies of International Doctoral Students in the United States
● Book 2 will include contributions of international students who pursued or are currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the United States.

Information for all contributions:
• Autoethnographies (6,000 words to 7,000, all-inclusive)—Contributions share engaging and insightful autoethnographies that showcase the experiences of pursuing a doctoral degree in the United States. Chapters might include powerful learning experiences, lessons learned, or how-to cases that inspire and educate others. Invited contributors will be provided with a detailed outline of how chapters will be organized for both books.

Note: For these volumes, we will only consider contributions from past doctoral students who graduated from 2017 to present. The only exception to this requirement is for chapters/collaborations between current doctoral students and professors. 

*Please note: Acceptance of proposal does not imply automatic acceptance of the full chapter.

Potential topics for chapters may include the following topics:
– The motivation for selecting a dissertation program and/or school, and/or a doctoral dissertation topic and/or design
– Selecting face-to-face vs. online doctoral programs
– Balancing life, work, and doctoral journey
– Balancing the dissertation with personal and/or professional life
– Mental, emotional, and/or spiritual wellbeing while pursuing your doctoral degree
– Recommendations on what to do and/or not do in your doctoral journey
– The process of writing your dissertation
– Your dissertation committee’s role in your doctoral journey
– Collaborative autoethnography between/among doctoral students
– Collaborative autoethnography between/among the doctoral student(s) and dissertation committee mentor(s)
– Tensions and/or negotiations with institutionalized power
– Negotiating and exploring your identities while navigating the doctoral programs

Tentative Schedule:
● Submission of proposals: June 1st, 2021
● Notification of accepted chapter proposals: July 31st, 2021
● Submission of full works: November 1st, 2021
● Continuous chapter reviews: From November 1st, 2021 to July 1st, 2022
● Book submitted to the publisher: January 2023
● Anticipated publication: Summer/Fall 2023

Anzaldúa, G. (2002). now let us shift…the path of conocimientos…inner work, public acts. In G. Anzaldúa & A. Keating (Eds.), this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformations (pp. 540-578). Routledge.
Chang, H. (2008). Autoethnography as method. Left Coast Press.
Trinh, E., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Writing as an art of rebellion: Scholars of color using literacy to find spaces of identity and belonging in academia. In J. Sablan & J. Van Galen (Eds.), Amplified voices, intersecting identities: Volume 2. First-Gen PhDs navigating institutional power in early academic careers. Sense Publisher.

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