Call for Chapters: Autoethnographic Perspectives on Multilingual Life Stories


Eda Hancı-Azizoglu, Mediterranean (Akdeniz) University, Turkey
Sehnaz Sahinkarakas, Cağ University, Turkey
Dan Tannacito, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 29, 2021
Full Chapters Due: November 28, 2021


Every human has a story, indeed many stories. In writing “people can record all their lives, hopes, success and failure moments, dreams and most importantly, people can record their limitless imagination through the power of writing” (Hancı-Azizoglu, E. B., & Kavaklı, 2021, p. 3). These stories can be told and retold, elaborated or abbreviated, spoken in and by many voices. Indeed, on the plane of the group, every culture has oral and many have written tales—stories regarded as ideals by which to live or not live our lives. Stories are based on life, and life is expressed and made public in stories. By telling stories, we make sense of our lives. The proposed volume is entitled Autoethnographic Perspectives on Multilingual Life Stories. We are seeking contributions that are based on the process and use of personal narrative in writing. All contributions to this volume should take one of various autoethnographic perspectives. Life Story Research arose in the social science disciplines and has become a multi-disciplinary project. Barbara Harrison’s compendium Life Story Research (2008) illustrates the breadth, manifoldness, and significance of work originating in disciplines outside applied linguistics. She says, “Stories are one of the means through which we constitute ourselves” (p. xxxii). Developing and making prominent life stories constitutes a humanistic task (Ken Plummer (1983), Documents of Life, p.xx) This volume is about stories written by and about the lives of multilinguals. Min-Zan Lu (1987) first called attention to translingual writing when she discussed a “multicultural approach to style which “explore[s] the full range of linguistic choices and options, including those excluded by the conventions of academic discourse” (447). Suresh Canagarajah (20 ) sees the “ability of multilingual speakers to shuttle between languages, treating the diverse languages that form their repertoires as an integral system” (p.401). A section of this volume will include such translingual textual representations by multilingual writers. A second section will contain studies that analyze and comment on life stories by multilingual writers.


Our volume hopes to reveal the multi-faceted dimensions of life stories. Rather than start with a prescribed definition, we invite contributors to define their use of the concept whether it is disciplinary, methodological, or individual. Again, the content of a manuscript must be a multilingual life story, deal mainly with multilingual life story(ies) or be about an aspect of Life Story Research that illuminates multilingual writing. The topics listed below are intended to stimulate and not limit contributors. Important Dates September 15, 2021: 1st Proposal Submission Deadline October 15, 2021: 2nd Proposal Deadline October 25, 2021: Notification of Acceptance November 28, 2021: Full Chapter Submission January 11, 2022: Review Results Returned February 22, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification March 8, 2022: Final Chapter Submission

Target Audience

All contributors must conform to the policies and practices of IGI Global with regard to the preparation and submission of manuscripts. Contributors are required to utilize the eEditorial Discovery system of IGI Global. The contributions will reflect diversity among contributors representing different universities and geographical areas as well as gender, race, and age. All manuscripts must be about multilingual writing but submitted in English. Manuscripts (including references) should use the American Psychological Association Style Manual (7th Ed). Essay length should be approximately, 7,000-10,000 words per chapter including references.

Recommended Topics

• The definition of Life Stories • The history and methodology of Life Stories • Life Stories told by language learners and teachers • Voice in Life Stories • Transnational identity in Life Stories • Gender in Life Stories • Digital Life Stories • Emotion in Life Stories • Ways to construct Life Stories • What do Life Stories tell us about multilingual writing • Creativity in Life Stories: Are Life Stories ‘True? • Life Stories as a language learning/teaching method’ • Autoethnography as a method for Life Stories • Self-discovery in Life Stories • Writing Life Stories as therapy • Student response to writing Life Stories • Life stories as a language learning/teaching method • Shared experiences of language learners/teachers as narratives • Liberating diverse students in multilingual learning settings • Life Stories (told by multilingual language teachers/learners) • Self-Discovery in Language learning/teaching • The language learning process through Life Stories • Life stories as turning points in the language learning/teaching process • The effectiveness of teaching Life Stories as a writing task • Evaluation of Life Stories • Life Story as a Genre

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 29, 2021, a chapter proposal of 350-750 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by October 30, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 28, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Autoethnographic Perspectives on Multilingual Life Stories. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

October 29, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
October 30, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
November 28, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
January 11, 2022: Review Results Returned
February 22, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
March 8, 2022: Final Chapter Submission


Eda Hancı-Azizoglu Mediterranean (Akdeniz) University Sehnaz Sahinkarakas Cağ University Dan Tannacito, USA


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