"Mirror, mirror on the wall...": Voicing (in)visible truths using autoethnography
Dr Ana BaptistaZoom
With this presentation, we discuss a research method that increases the visibility of individual, nuanced, complex and usually unheard stories. Autoethnography allows a creative and multimodal approach to sharing inner worlds of experiences, thoughts and emotions, focusing the attention on more or less under-scrutinised or even marginalised stories. Accessing more than one (single) reflexive narrative about lived experiences opens up possibilities to access diverse truths, frequently deep and rich in details, while also disclosing and critiquing cultural/social/political/educational beliefs, practices, experiences and theories. Both acknowledging insider, relational and cultural contexts, autoethnography voices silences and creates a more inclusive space for diverse narratives to be discussed and shared. Autoethnography is thus a way to connect with subjectivities and authentic voices, enhancing the process of understanding human complexity(ies) across different disciplines and exploring diverse themes. The aim of this presentation is twofold: to explore the potential of this research method and to reflect on medical students’ published autoethnographies: what inner experiences and (in)visible truths do medical students choose to share using autoethnography?