Call for Proposals: 18th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 18-22

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The theme of the 2022 Congress is Transformative Visions and Utopias of Hope in Qualitative Inquiry.

Abstracts (150 word maximum) can be submitted through March 21. ICQI will be virtual-only again this year. This is a fantastic academic conference for new and veteran presenters.

As we prepare for the 2022 Congress, it is becoming ever more common to hear that ‘the world’ has turned multiple corners in the last year: COVID-19 vaccines are becoming increasingly available to the broader population; global economies are rebounding; a new- found sense of hope is slowly making its way into the popular vernacular.

And yet while the above may ring true in some quarters of the world, we cannot lose sight of the broader context in which the 2022 Congress will take place: not only will the social, cultural, political, and economic fallout from COVID-19 continue to impact all quarters of daily life (including the politicization of vaccines, mask wearing, and so forth), but so, too, will the following: the social justice struggles of BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements; growing violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities; rising authoritarianism and nationalist sentiment; settler colonialism; environmental crises; economic shocks to higher education; continuing public health crises; political assaults on science; the fracturing of communities.

In these uncertain times, the 2022 Congress looks ahead with a renewed sense of hope, but remains grounded in the reality that much work lies ahead. Collectively and collaboratively, this moment calls for a critical, performative, social justice inquiry directed at the multiple crises of our historical present. We need a rethinking of where we have been, and, crucially, where we are going–and how we will get there. Our inquiry must meet the demands of our hopeful–but evolving–future. It is in the hands of the diverse and evolving ICQI community to intervene into the challenges and demands that we face–to be present to the history that we all shape. These challenges and demands may require us to rethink our ethical, political, and methodological moorings–especially in an evolving COVID landscape. Although we do not know what the future may hold, we must ensure our voices will be heard as we continue to intervene into the spaces of the everyday–working toward a more diverse, inclusive, and transformative present.

Sessions in the 2022 Congress will take up these topics, as well as those related to and/or utilizing: feminist inquiry; Critical Race Theory; intersectionality; queer theory; critical disability research; phenomenology; Indigenous methodologies; postcolonial and decolonized knowing; poststructural engagements; diffraction and intra-action; digital methodologies; autoethnography; visual methodologies; thematic analysis; performance; art as research; critical participatory action research; multivocality; collaborative inquiry; and the politics of evidence. Sessions will also discuss threats to shared governance; attacks on freedom of speech; public policy discourse; and research as resistance.

For more information and to submit, visit https://icqi.org.