The 32nd Annual
Qualitative Analysis Conference:

The Craft of Qualitative Inquiry

Brescia University College at Western University
June 24 to 26, 2015

Sessions in Brescia's Mother St. James Building

Like any craft, as Alford argues, the art of “[c]ombining theory, method and evidence… must be learned in practice” (1998: 19). This is our continual challenge as qualitative researchers—to ensure that we create worthwhile research questions, collect useful data in an ethically sound manner, offer a cogent analysis of the data, and (re-)formulate useful theoretical and applied ideas. As practitioners of qualitative inquiry, we call on you to explore qualitative inquiry as a craft, emphasizing the experiential dimensions of doing qualitative data collection and analysis. We are eager to receive papers that consider the processes and stages of qualitative inquiry, including, but not limited to:

1. Developing a research project
2. Handling ethical dilemmas
3. Gaining and maintaining access
4. Collecting data
5. Analyzing and coding data
6. Leaving the field
7. Disseminating findings
8. Teaching qualitative methods 

In revisiting the experiential dimensions of your qualitative research, consider questions such as: What were your first thoughts when you started doing your research? How were the personal aspects—e.g., managing emotionality, confronting reservations—and professional dimensions—e.g., accessing funding, working within a bureaucracy—of your research dealt with? What obstacles did you encounter? How did you overcome them? What lessons did you learn? What important decisions did you make? What would you recommend?  This year’s theme also encourages debate about qualitative inquiry’s craft-like features. What is it that makes the approach a craft? What do we gain and lose by conceiving of it as such?

In line with this year’s theme, we anticipate developing an edited volume based on researchers’ experiences with the actualities of doing qualitative research. In developing your paper for the conference, you might also consider submitting your work for this volume. A separate call for papers will be sent out and posted on this site.

While this year’s theme highlights the experiential dimensions of qualitative inquiry, we encourage submissions from people conducting qualitative research and interpretive analysis more generally. Submissions from novice and experienced researchers are welcomed. We will again be hosting a series of sessions devoted specifically to undergraduate student research. Please advertise this opportunity to undergraduates that might be interested in presenting their qualitative work. There will be more announcements regarding Keynote and Featured speakers, and special sessions to follow.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Steven Kleinknecht, Brescia University College
Carrie Sanders, Wilfrid Laurier University
Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Northwestern University
Antony Puddephatt, Lakehead University

The Final Program is now available.

Online registration is closed. If you would still like to register, you can do so in-person at the conference.

Janet Chan attending as Keynote Speaker.

Juliet Corbin, Christopher Schneider, and Will van den Hoonaard attending as Featured Speakers.

Researching Marginalized Populations Panel to share experiences and tips on researching marginalized groups.

Research Ethics Panel to discuss their experiences and offer feedback regarding ethical dilemmas in qualitative research.
Carrie Sanders,
Jun 17, 2014, 8:40 AM
Jun 21, 2015, 6:06 PM