Mike Hayler lead the organising team with Elizabeth Briggs for the Inaugural Conference of British Autoethnography (funded by the ERC) which took place on our Grand Parade campus on Saturday 22 February 2014. The conference, which involved delegates in discussions, presentations and performance events around the opportunities and challenges of contemporary autoethnography, was a great success. One hundred and fifteen delegates from near and far attended to work with contributors from a range of disciplines who are experienced and published in this approach. A variety of theoretical, ethical and methodological issues were examined and discussed throughout the day, including the performance of identity, voice, and a range of socio-cultural critiques.
The conference also served as the book launch for the recently published Contemporary British Autoethnography which was published by Sense in December, 2013.