Abstract: “Exposure to the Suffering of Others: Directions in Ethnographic Storytelling”
Art Bochner and Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida
In this keynote, we discuss the ethical practices of autoethnography and personal narrative inquiry that we have developed and encouraged over the past three decades. Our project centers on texts and performances that blur the boundaries between social sciences and humanities in the pursuit of empathy and identification with the suffering of others. We seek to merge the literary eloquence of the humanities with the systematic, investigative spirit of the social sciences. Transgressing the borders and boundaries of traditional ethnography, our project promotes the creation of emotionally evocative stories that recreate difficult and morally challenging events composed by writers who engage in contemplative remembering, imagining, and feeling. Taking up Richard Rorty’s call to produce reflexive social texts that foster compassion through witnessing, we focus on the experiences of wounded storytellers told in detailed, vulnerable, first-person accounts that invite audiences to feel the sufferings of others. Our presentation focuses on three detailed exemplars through which we reflect on the moral and political quality of personal stories, how to produce greater openness to otherness through a relational ethics of care, and autoethnography as a genre of doubt and contingency that moves meanings and creates a design for a reading experience distinctly different from received texts of orthodox social science.
Sylvia Rivera Cusicanqui
El tema de mi charla central será Oralidad y memorias del cuerpo.
Si partimos del hecho de la dominación como un sistemático proceso de silenciamiento, se ha creado un espacio de negociaciones, pero también un espacio de parodia y de retóricas de mutuo convencimiento para jugar con este mundo de espejos deformantes que de alguna manera constituye el colonialismo. Tanto desde arriba como desde abajo se ha creado un espacio de confluencia, un espacio taypi, en el medio, que es un espacio ch’ixi en el que habitamos quienes pensamos que el mundo “indio” no está afuera sino adentro de nosotros; nos habita.
The title of my keynote presentation is “Orality and body memory”
If we consider domination as a systematic process of silencing, a space of negotiation has been created, but also a space of parody and rhetoric of mutual convincing playing with this world of distorting mirrors which, to some extent, constitutes colonialism. A space of confluence has been created both from above and from bellow, a taypi space, in the centre, which is a ch´ixi space inhabited by the people who think that the indio world is not outside but inside us; it inhabits us.