One of the strengths of autoethnography is the connections that can be made through the telling of story. This article is an compilation of the connections made during presentations at the International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry. Despite age differences, situations, and ways of being in and of the world, there were overlaps in the experiences of the authors. Three individual conference papers are merged to begin a conversation of queering queer narratives through an exploration of embodiment, relationality, and self-presentation without resorting to an established, and perhaps reified, queer iconography. From our queer identities, we offer narratives that are neither settled nor normative from our individual queer standpoints. We write to champion a different view of possibilities for queer non-normativity.
Queering Queer Conversations
David Purnell received his doctorate from the University of South Florida. His research interests include food as a communicative tool, family communication, queer studies, and shame culture. He is the author of Building Communities through Food: Strengthening Communication, Families, and Social Capital (Lexington Books, 2019) as well as two dozen articles and book chapters. He is an independent scholar.
Christina L. Ivey received their PhD from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Their work lies at an intersection of various queer/feminist projects, including queer spirituality, kinship, creative arts therapies, and duo/autoethnography. They teach classes in communication and culture at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. They are currently obsessed with watching local drag, burlesque, and other types of performance art.
Andy Sturt is an autoethnographer and journalism doctoral candidate at University of Colorado, Boulder. He writes as “Andrew,” “Andy,” and “Andrea” depending on the story, its style, and the overall research project. This piece was written as Andy. His research agenda focuses on travel/lifestyle, sports and literary journalism, queer sexuality, psychedelics as alternative lenses of “seeing” the world, social media storytelling, and Instagram as an emerging new lens of journalism. Follow him on Instagram @AndarchyPhD!
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David F. Purnell, Christina L. Ivey, Andy Sturt; Queering Queer Conversations. Journal of Autoethnography 1 July 2021; 2 (3): 293–305. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.3.293
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