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Familiar ways: Vulnerable auto-ethnography in creative practice

Sobers, Shawn


Shawn Sobers
Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice


Sobers’ presentation discusses different ways the notion of family has entered his work: from the macro perspective of identity through diaspora communities through to very personal reflections relating to immediate family members and events. Showing examples from a range of genres – photography, moving image, illustration and multimedia works – he re-evaluates how the notion of family has been both a central direct concern and an indirect metaphor as well as a creative vehicle for ideas.

In Sobers’ work, the idea of family has taken on political dimensions and also for personal self-healing. This presentation is a candid auto-ethnographic discussion of these key moments in his practice, and what he has learned along the way.


Sobers, S. (2014, December). Familiar ways: Vulnerable auto-ethnography in creative practice. Paper presented at Family Matters, Bristol, UK

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Family Matters
Conference Location Bristol, UK
Start Date Dec 5, 2014
End Date Dec 5, 2014
Publication Date Dec 5, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords auto-ethnography, creative practice, reflexivity, vulnerable anthropology
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Family Matters