Drs. Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster) and Satoshi Toyosaki (Southern Illinois University) are building a book project with the working title Transnational Autoethnographies: Empowering Voices of the Others. We value autoethnography as a collection of various inquiry processes that help us interrogate lived experiences, voices, and stories of underrepresented, oppressed, marginalized, intersectional, and transnational identities. Doing autoethnographic work from such cultural positionalities is laborious. Willing to meet such labor, we, along with chapter contributors in this anthology, explore autoethnography’s postcolonial, decolonizing, and transnational potentialities for empowering voices from the margins. This book marks and builds space for (post)colonial, diasporic, and/or transnational scholars to narrate their own lived experiences to/for/against/within today’s global hegemonic economy of knowledge and to discuss culturally diverse and creative techniques of narrating, analyzing, and interpreting their personal/cultural lived experiences. The chapter contributors would help autoethnography diversify voices; narrative techniques (i.e., aesthetics, storying, etc.); and analytic, interpretive, and critical lenses.
With this scope in mind, editors call for chapter abstracts (250-500 words) to be included in the book proposal to be submitted to an interested publisher.
The topics and approaches may include but are not limited to:
transnational autoethnographies; postcolonial autoethnographies; decolonizing autoethnography as a methodology; simultaneous navigation of privilege and marginalization while doing autoethnographies; multilingual approaches to autoethnographies; culturally diverse techniques of narrating, analyzing, and interpreting culturally diverse aesthetic and/or evocative writing; non-western narrative techniques;
academic belonging; location and dislocation; identity and home;
border-crossing as an analytical lens; writing about immigrant experiences; English hegemony; transnational autoethnography and its pedagogical potentialities; and transnational autoethnography as performance.
Please send your abstract (250-500 words/Word Document) and a short bio to Drs. Atay and Toyosaki. DEADLINES: chapter abstracts are due by December 20, 2018. By January 30, 2019, you will learn if your chapter abstract will be included in the book proposal.