Connecting the self to the world through writing

Arthur-Bochner

Prominent researcher and 1971 alumnus Arthur P. Bochner will return to the University Friday (April 8) as the keynote speaker for the Media and Communication Graduate Student Association Conference.

Bochner is a distinguished professor at the University of South Florida, where he has been a faculty member since 1984. He will give his lecture, “The Rise of Autoethnography: Stretching Boundaries, Fashioning Identities, Healing Wounds,” at 2 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

His current research focuses on memory-work and its significance in autoethnography, or self-reflective writing, and personal narrative. Autoenthrographic storytelling can be seen as an effort to devise an intermediate space between passion and intellect, subjectivity and analysis, ethnography and memoir, and life and art.

Bochner’s books, including his most recent publication, “Coming to Narrative: A Personal Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences,” will be available for purchase at a signing following his presentation.

“Coming to Narrative” received the best book award from the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Bochner is a former president of the National Communication Association and an NCA Distinguished Scholar.

The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Communication in collaboration with the Graduate Communication Association, is free and open to the public.