Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability
Edited By Philip Smith
Section 4: What’s It All Mean? Reading Lives, Creating Futures
Section 4 What’s It All Mean? Reading Lives, Creating Futures Chapter 14 What Do These Stories Tell Us about Education and Autoethnography? Phil Smith This chapter is a scripted performance text for an imagined symposium of the authors of the chapters in this book, following a format deployed by Denzin (2006; 2008). In order to inform, expand, and transcend this text, I asked the authors to respond briefly and conversationally to a series of questions. Their responses here are at times verbatim, sometimes, edited— but always, their answers, like the writers themselves, are provocative. Scene: a small auditorium in a public university in the Midwest. In the front of the room is a line of 15 chairs behind some long tables. The walls are painted a bland gray, with a green chair rail encircling the walls. The lighting is poor, the acoustics worse. The air-conditioning is on, so its hard to tell that it’s a bright, warm day in early summer. Somewhere out there, birds are chirping, daisies are blooming, mosquitoes are buzzing. None of that enters into the nondescript, air-conditioned stillness of the room. (Phil opens the auditorium door, enters, and clicks on the fluorescent lights. He looks dismally at the room, and puts down a bag filled with books, paper, pen, water bottles, and laptop on the tables at the front. He sits, opens his laptop, and then gets up and puts water bottles in front of each chair. Liz pokes her head in the doorway.) Liz: This...
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