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Online registration is no longer available • On site registration begins Wed. May 4, 6pm



The First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry will take place at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from May 5-7, 2005.

Half-day (morning and afternoon) pre-conference workshops (May 5), will precede the two-day Congress (May 6-7) which will consist of plenary, spotlight, regular, and poster sessions. There will also be an opening reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, and a closing reception with cash bar and a barbecue-cookout.

Arthur Bochner • Liora Bresler • Nick Burbules • Kathy Charmaz • Clifford Christians • CL Cole • Norman Denzin • Carolyn Ellis • Alice Filmer • Stephen Hartnett • Rodney Hopson • Stafford Hood • Ernest House • Valerie Janesick • Patti Lather • Yvonna Lincoln • Ernest Lockridge • Cameron McCarthy • Katheryn Bell McKenzie • Luis Miron • Jan Morse • Susaan Nofke • Virginia Olesen • Cele Otnes • Larry Parker • Ron Pelias • Wanda Pillow • Laurel Richardson • Fazal Rizvi • Katherine Ryan • James Scheurich • Linda Tuhiwai Smith • Robert Stake • Bettie St. Pierre • Noreen Sugrue • Angharad Valdivia • Mary Weems

THEME (for a more detailed description of the conference theme, click HERE)

The theme of the First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry focuses on "Qualitative Inquiry in a Time of Global Uncertainty." We call on the international community of interpretive scholars to gather together in common purpose to address the implications of the recent attempts by federal governments and their agencies to define what is 'good science', and what constitutes 'good scholarship'. Around the globe governments are attempting to regulate interpretive inquiry by enforcing bio-medical, evidence-based models of research.

These regulatory activities raise basic philosophical, epistemological, political and pedagogical issues for scholarship and freedom of speech in the academy. Their effects are interdisciplinary. They cut across the fields of educational and policy research, thehumanities, communications, health and social science, social welfare, business and law.

In the United States, the evidence-based experimental science movement, with accompanying federal legislation (Leave No Child Behind), threatens to deny advances in critical qualitative inquiry, including rigorous criticisms of positivist research. This legislation marginalizes indigenous, border, feminist, race, queer, and ethnic studies. The international community of qualitative researchers must come together to debate and discuss the implications of these new developments.

The mission of the First International Congress is to provide a forum for these critical conversations, to build and expand the already robust tradition of Qualitative Inquiry. This congress gathers together vibrant strands of qualitative research to produce innovative futures. We seek to generate lively, critical debate, foster contacts and the exchange ideas, and draw inspiration from each other. We encourage international participation from different countries, disciplines and cultural backgrounds, as well as from a wide range of research areas, including the humanities, medical and health care scholars.

We invite your submission of paper and session proposals. To learn more about the First International Congress and how to participate, please visit our website <>.

Sessions and paper submissions will be accepted online until December 1, 2004 for closed panels, and until January 15, 2005 for open panels, posters and general paper submissions. (There is a limit of two paper submissions per delegate)

It is assumed that the topics listed below will in one way or another be taken up in the sessions and in pre-conference workshops, but please feel free to nominate your own topic. (Please note that we are not soliciting workshop submissions)

Conference and workshop registration will begin Dec. 1, 2004.

Norman K. Denzin, Chair of the Organizing Committee

• Autoethnography & Performance Studies
• Critical Ethnography as Performance
• Critical Pedagogy
• Critical Race Theory & Moral Activism
• Cultural Policy
• Cultural Studies, Education & Pedagogy
• Decolonizing Neo-colonial Methodologies
• Decolonizing the Academy
• Democratic Methodologies
• Developments in Participatory Action Research
• Discourse Analysis
• Ethics, IRBs & Academic Freedom
• Ethnicity & Race
• Evaluating Inquiry
• Feminist Qualitative Research in the new Century
• Foucault's Methodologies
• Funded Qualitative Research
• Global Ethnography
• Globalization & Transnationalism
• Governmental Regimes of Truth
• Grounded Theory & Social Justice Research
• Human Rights
• Human Subject Research
• Indigenous Approaches to Creating Knowledge
• Indigenous Policy Studies
• Investigative Poetry
• Mixed-methods designs & inquiry in Global Studies
• Nationhood & Nationalism
• New developments with focus groups
• New Media & Information Technology
• Participatory Action Inquiry

• Politics of Evidence
• Postcolonial Methodologies
• Qualitative Evaluation & Social Policy
• Social Policy Formation
• The Active Interview
• The Audit Culture & Neoliberalism
• The Global Consumer Culture
• The Science Wars
• Video, Dance & Performance Technologies
• Working with Multi-cultural Populations


1. Case Study: Access and Intrusion (Robert Stake and Brinda Jegatheesan, to be joined by Yvonna Lincoln, Norman K Denzin)
2. Feminist Qualitative Research in the new Century (Virginia Olesen)
3. Foucault's Methodologies (James Scheurich, Kathryn Bell McKenzie, Pattie Lather, Bettie St. Pierre)
4. Grounded Theory Methodologies for Social Justice Projects (Kathy Charmaz)
5. Autoethnography (Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner)
6. Strategies of Mixed-Methods Inquiry (Jennifer C. Greene)

7. Ethics, Human Subject Review Board & Qualitative Inquiry (Clifford Christians)
8. Interpreting, Writing Up & Evaluating Qualitative Materials (Robin Jarrett)
9. Investigative and Ethno-Poetics (Stephen Hartnett)
10. Performance Ethnography (Norman K Denzin)

11. State of the Art: The Latest in Qualitative Software Advances (Ray Maietta)
12. New Experimental Writing Forms (Yvonna S. Lincoln)

** Workshops are limited to a maximum of 15 participants, and minimum of 7

** The official language of the conference is English, but papers and sessions in languages other than English will be considered. Unfortunately we cannot offer translation services at this time, but we will do our best to help delegates solicit translators through our web resources.

** Individuals may submit up to two papers, whether submitted with sessions or as independent submissions.

Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2004







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