Call for papers: Critical Autoethnography Virtual Conference

Dear CAE community:

We are happy to announce that in 2021 we will be hosting an online gathering of the Critical Autoethnography conference on September 30th & October 1st 2021!

In the enchanting children’s poem, “Bubbles,” Carl Sandburg captures the magic of a moment of self and other in shared experience:

Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves.
They flickered out saying:
‘It was worth being a bubble,
just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds’.
(Complete Poems of Carl Sandberg, 1970, p. 699)

This short evocative piece reminds us that amidst the fragility of life in this moment there is wonder to be held. In the spirit of all manner of shared and individual “bubbles” in our contemporary lives, we ask you, “What thoughts hold your creative and critical autoethnographic attention in this bubble moment?”

If you’re interested in attending the CAE online gathering, please send your 1) name, 2) affiliation and 3) response to this prompt (100 words or less) by April 1, 2021, to the CAE conference email: criticalautoethnography@gmail.com

In addition, we encourage all those interested, both within Australia and overseas, to consider forming a local ‘bubble’ for some in-person community and then joining the larger conference group together via Zoom. We will be using ‘break out rooms’ to do bubble work intermittently throughout the conference. Bubbles can also be created by the organising committee.

Participants will be announced by April 15th. Due to the virtual nature of the gathering, we will be expanding our usual small numbers. There will be no conference fees charged.

We also look forward to seeing everyone in person for the COMPOST CAE (originally scheduled for 2020) in 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. We hope you will join us for this experimental interim gathering.

Stacy Holman Jones

Monash University, Australia


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