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The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry is a multidisciplinary institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The center's primary goals are several-fold:

1. To facilitate the development of qualitative research methods across a wide variety of academic desciplines;
2. To demonstrate the promise of qualitative inquiry as a form of democratic practice, to show how qualitative inquiry can be used to directly engage pressing social issues at the level of local, state, national and global communities;
3. To provide leadership to address the main issues in qualitative inquiry;
4. To promote excellence in qualitative research through education, research and publication in the scholarly journals Qualitative Inquiry and Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies;
5. To provide a forum for collaboration among international experts in the field of qualitative inquiry;
6. To facilitate interdisciplinary graduate education and training in the field of qualitative inquiry;
7. To facilitate interaction in the international community of qualitative inquiry.

To these ends, the Center will:

1. Host one international conference per year. A workshop series will also be held in conjunction with each annual conference;
2. Facilitate an on-going visiting international scholar lecture series to be held once per semester that is free and open to the campus community;
3. Organize small-group workshops to be led by affiliate campus faculty once per semester that are free and open to the campus community;
4. Establish an annual qualitative research dissertation award;
5. Establish a pre-doctoral research training program in qualitative inquiry;
6. Establish a postdoctoral visiting scholar program in qualitative inquiry;
7. Work with the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry.

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