A harmony of voices: the value of collaborative autoethnography as collective witnessing during a pandemic

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In this chapter, I describe collaborative autoethnography—the methodology which was chosen for this book. In order to clearly explain this methodology, I explore my own journey as I moved into social science research, discovered autoethnography, and subsequently encountered collaborative autoethnography. Through my reflections, I highlight the knowledge which can be gained through purposeful exploration of personal experience. I also demonstrate how, when multiple autoethnographers work together, the resulting collaboration creates a profound synergy and harmony of voices which cannot be achieved by an individual alone. Finally, I present the specific framework used to apply the collaborative autoethnography methodology in this book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Teaching in a Pandemic World
Subtitle of host publicationThe Challenges of Establishing Academic Identities During Times of Crisis
EditorsBasil Cahusac de Caux, Lynette Pretorius, Luke Macaulay
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789811977572
ISBN (Print)9789811977565
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Autoethnography
  • Collaborative autoethnography
  • Reflective practice
  • Reflection
  • COVID-19
  • Qualitative research
  • Research methods

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