Kaleidoscope of potraits by geralt for Pixabay
Kaleidoscope of potraits by geralt for Pixabay

The AutoEthnographer’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

The AutoEthnographer’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Research over the last 4 decades has illustrated how autoethnography is a powerful tool for critical, cultural, personal, and professional reflection and expression; autoethnographic creative expression can educate, heal, inspire, illuminate, and challenge. As such, The AutoEthnographer is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its administration; support of emerging authors and artists; promotion of cultural appreciation; and celebration of creative expression as a vehicle for shared understanding and positive change.

Respect & Support

Our team is dedicated to developing a climate of respectful action and communication. This is applicable to our contributors, audiences, and fellow staff. We are also dedicated to fair and respectful cultural representation in our content. We particularly seek to give voice to those who feel marginalized or voiceless in their research or creative journeys. As creatives, we recognize that there are many ways to perform cultural inquiry and with many different purposes and audiences in mind. We value opportunities to nurture contributors and help connect them to audiences by fostering an editorial environment of encouragement and support; our editors regularly volunteer to assist contributors in developing their submissions.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Languages & Modalities

We publish primarily in the English language. However, we are a proponent of trans-languaging. We invite our contributors to submit work in more than one language and/or to code-switch as desired. We also offer a translation tool visible on each page of our website. The AutoEthnographer strives to present content across an array of modalities. We are dedicated to reaching our various reading, watching, and listening audiences.

New to autoethnography?

Visit What Is Autoethnography? How Can I Learn More? Interested in contributing? View our editorial board’s What Do Editors Look for When Reviewing Evocative Autoethnography? And check out our Submissions page. View Our Team to learn about our editorial board. Please see our Work with Us page to learn about volunteering at The AutoEthnographer. Visit Scholarships to learn about our annual student scholarship competition.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The AutoEthnographer, Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison is an instructor in the fields of English and Education whose autoethnographic writing has appeared in a diverse array of publications including Writing on the Edge,Reflections on English Language Teaching, The Qualitative Report, and Qualitative Research in Psychology. As a journalist, Marlen was the managing editor of the international beauty website, Fragrantica, as well as contributor to publications such as Playboy, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, ESL Magazine, The New York Times, Basenotes, The Language Teacher, and Men’s Health. As an academic and cultural researcher, Marlen has enjoyed contributing to projects at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Finland’s University of Jyväskylä, and the Japan Association for Language Teaching. Having taught and guest-lectured at leading institutions such as Doshisha University (Japan), Florida International University (USA), and University of Helsinki (Finland), Marlen is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University where he also teaches in the online MA English programs. Having called Japan, UK, Malta, and Finland home, he now lives in Florida with his husband and dog. Learn more at http://marlenharrison.com.