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 maintain a webpage to document these events as well as fashion a zine that documents the cluster's activities over the year. In addition, 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