Call for Proposals
A DAY IN QUALITATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Pre-Conference Event at the 9th International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
The Day in Qualitative Psychology is one of the opening conferences at the International Congress of
Qualitative Inquiry (QI-2013). Now at it’s 9th edition, the QI Congress provides opportunities for lively
and exciting debates on qualitative inquiry as a shared, innovative, and global endeavor that engages
social justice and disparities in social, educational, and health sciences.
The goal of the Day in Qualitative Psychology is to promote, develop, and celebrate progressive
qualitative inquiry within psychology. We invite researchers, practitioners, scholars, instructors, students
and all others within subfields of psychology to join us at this event to engage in vibrant and change-
producing conversations. Please come and share your work, thoughts and ideas about qualitative
psychology and how to build psychology as an innovative and non-essentialist discipline.
Following Professor Ruthellen Josselson’s keynote speech, the 2013 Day in Qualitative Psychology will
evolve through three formats: conversation roundtables, paper presentations, and data playground.
These will focus on specific issues and dilemmas faced by qualitative psychologists at various career
stages. We invite submissions from one to three facilitators on topics such as:
Interweaving qualitative inquiry and professional practices (e.g., clinical, work-settings, educational,
Epistemological challenges to qualitative research from the field of psychology
Completing a qualitative thesis/dissertation
Teaching qualitative research
We welcome additional topics that interested facilitators may want to suggest.
The facilitator(s) will be responsible for posing insightful and thought-provoking questions or concerns
to start the conversation. They will then serve as moderators, keeping the dialogue on topic, and
facilitating the collaborative contribution of all roundtable participants.
To submit a proposal for a conversation roundtable, please send an abstract (150 words max.) indicating
your area of interest, the questions or concerns you wish to discuss collaboratively, and the objectives
you would like to achieve with the participants. For multiple facilitators, please include each person’s
name and contact information.
A limited number of papers will be accepted for presentations in panels of three speakers. Each
presentation will last approximately 20 minutes and a generous time will be dedicated to Questions &
Answers. Participants who wish to present with their research collaborators can suggest a fully-formed
symposium. Abstracts not accepted for presentation at this event will be automatically submitted to the
general QI congress.
We especially encourage unconventional forms of communication and audience involvement in which
presenters show rather than read their observation or results, leading the audience to think with their
To submit a proposal for a paper presentation, please submit a title and abstract (150 words max.)
of your presentation, along with keywords. To propose a symposium, the symposium’s chair should
provide a title, abstract, keywords and list of presenters. Each of these presenters must then individually
submit the abstract of their talk.
Works-in-progress, novel representation styles, the body, meaningful objects (e.g., artifacts or pictures),
troubling pieces of data, problematic assumptions, complex theoretical dilemmas and/or practical
challenges in doing qualitative inquiry: these are examples of topics and practices that might be
presented in a data playground. The purpose of this innovative form of presentation is to playfully
promote active collaboration between presenter and audience as part of the unfolding quest for complex
and critical interpretations of your data and methods of dissemination.
Presenters will give a 5-10 minute description of their work in progress, concluding with the aspect(s)
they are opening up for a dialogue with the audience. They will then interact with members of the
audience, including other data playground presenters, to share insights and ideas drawn from various
experiences, perspectives, and areas of expertise. The goal of these data playground is to constructively
explore multiplicity and complexity within qualitative inquiry.
If you are interested to “play” with the audience on the “ground” of your data and inquiry, please submit
an abstract describing your work in progress, presentation strategies, and unfinished quests for complex
and critical interpretations. Please clearly label your abstract as being for a “data playground”.
Abstract submission procedures
Please submit your abstracts for the DAY IN QUALITATIVE PSYCHOLOGY through the conference
website: http://www.icqi.org/ Abstracts need to be of 150 words or less. Each submission should clearly
specify its category: conversation roundtable, paper presentation, or data playground.
Abstract submission deadline: 1 December 2012
Please be aware that this conference does not provide electronic equipment, like computers or
projectors. Please feel free to contact the conference organizers for clarification or assistance related to
your submission or attendance at the Day in Qualitative Psychology. We look forward to seeing you in
Conference Organizing Committee:
- Angelo Benozzo, University of Valle d’Aosta, Italy, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Svend Brinkmann, University of Aalborg, Denmark, email@example.com
- Cesar Cisneros Puebla, UAM Iztapalapa, Mexico, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heather Adams, Ball State University, USA, email@example.com
- Sharlyn Jordan, Simon Fraser University, Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marco Gemignani, Duquesne University, USA, email@example.com (Chair of the Organizing Committee)
- Carlos Torres, University of Memphis, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chad Hammond, Univeristy of Saskatchewan, Canada, Chad.email@example.com