Qualitative Inquiry


Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, 2-5 May 2007 ; Deadline 1 Dec 2006

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The Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry will take place at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from May 2-5, 2007. The theme of the Congress, building on Jan Morse, is "Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Evidence." Participants will explore the politics of evidence and truth and what these terms mean for qualitative inquiry in this new century. If we as qualitative researchers do not define these terms for ourselves, someone else will.

Questions to be considered include: In qualitative inquiry, What is truth? What is evidence? How is evidence evaluated? Can evidence be manipulated? " How can qualitative research inform the policy-making process? How is qualitative evidence represented, discounted, or judged to be unacceptable? What is a fact? What is true, or false, or evidence is determined by socially defined criteria. Different discourses–law, medicine, history, cultural, or performance studies— define qualitative evidence differently.

The Congress will consider the influence of scientifically based research (SBR) models on qualitative inquiry. These models are becoming quite influential in other nations (U. K. South Africa, Australia). The Congress will also consider what evidence and truth mean under the terms of postpositivism, poststructualism, indigenous, democratic, postcolonial, queer, feminist, performative, and participatory models of inquiry. Participants will explore new ways of evaluating and using qualitative evidence in social policy arenas. They will examine how new understandings of qualitative evidence can advance the goals of social justice and progressive politics.

The 2007 Congress has several new and returning co-sponsors, including Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (UIUC), the Program in Global Studies (UIUC), Sage Publications, LeftCoast Press, The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and the Manchester Discourse Power Group (DPR).

Session Themes will include, but not be confined to, rethinking such terms and topics as: mix-methods, voice, authenticity, lived experience, the politics of evidence, evidence-based research, research design, data, empirical material, epistemology, triangulation, validity, reliability, coding, sampling, induction, deduction, naturalism, generalizability, science, analysis, interpretation, rules of inference, models of quality, case-based, collaborative, mixed and multi-method approaches, narrative and performative criteria of evaluation, criteriology, pragmatism, interpretive rigor, constructivist criteria, action-based criteria, transformative-emancipatory criteria, warrantability, writing as interpretation, trustworthiness, collaborative action research, auto- and performance ethnography, arts-based inquiry, coloring epistemology, colonial and post-colonial epistemologies, critical performance narratives, critical pedagogy, democratic methodologies, discourse, ethnodrama, epistemology, social justice criteria, the ethics of evidence, ethics and IRBs, womanist inquiry, critical focus groups, funding qualitative health care research, new rules of evidence for grounded theory, advocacy as method, qualitative evaluation inquiry, new technologies of evidence and inference.

Half-day (morning and afternoon) pre-conference, professional workshops will be held on May 3. The Congress will also consist of keynote, plenary, spotlight, featured, regular and poster sessions. There will be an opening reception and barbeque, and a closing old-fashioned midwest cook-out.

We invite your submission of paper, poster and session proposals. Submissions will be accepted online only from October 1 until December 1 2006. Conference and workshop registration will begin December 1, 2006. To learn more about the Third International Congress and how to participate, please email info@qi2007.org.

For more information, please visit http://www.qi2007.org/