The activities specific to this research cluster entail three events over the course of the 2022-2023 academic year. Each quarter, a scholar will be invited to virtually present on a topic that relates to autoethnography. This method seeks to counter the biased pitfalls of an ostensibly objective researcher in ethnography by making them a central component of the research study.
For Fall and Winter quarters, the guest presenters will individually showcase their work to a closed group. However, for Spring quarter, the cluster will facilitate a dialogue between one of its scholars and an invited guest speaker, and this event will take place in front of a public audience.
The cluster will meet two times every quarter (once before and once after each event) to engage the work of invited guests, share ideas, sustain dialogue, and facilitate a communal space for all things autoethnography.
Meshell Sturgis, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Communication and 2019 Mellon Summer Fellow for Public Projects in the Humanities, was selected as a 2021 recipient for the prestigious K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award by AAC&U