Telling Stories: Autobiography, Auto-ethnography, and Narrative Politics

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


In these roundtables, we explore what the practice of telling stories can do, not by talking about it or analyzing it, but by doing it. The roundtables follow the hugely successful and well attended roundtables held in previous years, and provide a space in which stories can be told and heard, and reverberate. Each roundtable participant will bring a story to tell—some of them auto-ethnographic, some not—on a wide range of subjects, such as the role of race, class and gender, or the impact of colonialism, militarism, migration, neoliberalism or conflict. Telling stories can evoke what theorizing sometimes obscures. In paying attention to the detail and complexities of being, stories can reveal the worlds contained in the minutiae of lives, worlds often inexpressible in words yet held somehow in the gaps between them or felt in the rhythm of the text. This format is very different from the traditional panel, with its conventional academic voice and the presentation and discussion of explicit argument. The roundtables provide a direct encounter with the telling of and listening to stories and an occasion to reflect more deeply on ‘the narrative turn’ and the place of auto-ethnography and autobiography in IR
29 Mar 2019

Event (Conference)

TitleISA Annual Convention 2019
Degree of recognitionInternational event