9.30am – 3pm Friday 6th May, Lancaster University
This event brings together feminists working on life-story telling through autoethnography and autobiography. These research approaches have challenged mainstream ways of conducting research and are especially helpful to attune to emotions and to the researcher’s influence on the process of knowledge production.
Researchers read their stories through critical, interpretive lenses so that personal experiences facilitate understanding of a ‘specific cultural experience’. Many feminist autoethnographers/biographers tie aspects of personal experience to exposure of ‘a vulnerable self, refracting cultural interpretations’ (Ellis and Bochner, 2001).
The five speakers will tell about their lived experiences of: racialisation, pleasure, pain and sexuality through stories about automobility, illness, swimming and writing. The event will end with a panel discussion where the audience can raise issues related to autoethnography/biography in their own research.
Speakers: Jenn Ashworth (English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University), Angelica Pesarini (Sociology, Lancaster University), Lynne Pearce (English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University), Jackie Stacey (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Manchester University) and Karen Throsby (Centre for
Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Leeds University).
Contact: Vicky Singleton (firstname.lastname@example.org) Registration free: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/telling-lives-feminist-stories-of-the-self-tickets-21132608200