The 33rd Annual
Qualitative Analysis Conference:

Visual Research Methods and Visual Ethnographies

St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada
May 11 to 13, 2016

Abstract submission deadline: October 31, 2015

Visual research methods and visual ethnographies have burgeoned over the past decade. As Gillian Rose recently put it: “One of the most striking developments across the social sciences in the past decade has been the growth of research methods using visual materials” (Rose, 2014, p. 24). This attention to visuals can be seen in the steady rise of conferences, scholarly associations, publications, special issues of journals, and Handbooks on visual research methods. 

The diverse fields of visual methods and visual ethnographies include many forms of visual materials and a diverse array of methodological, epistemological, and ontological approaches. Visual materials can include, for example, photographs, films, artifacts, collages, visual diaries, web based media, maps, diagrams, graphic novels. Some well-known visual methods are: participatory video, photo voice, photo elicitation, video walks, as well as research participants drawing, mapping, and co-producing visual depictions of everyday lives.  We welcome our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kirsten McAllister, Simon Fraser University, who has widely published on both memory and photography.

We encourage contributions from the social sciences and the humanities as well as interventions from artists, filmmakers, and artist-researchers.  As this year’s Conference is co-sponsored by Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute, we invite papers that focus on visual methods and social justice. In line with this year’s theme, we anticipate developing an edited volume. A separate call for papers will be sent out and posted on the Qualitatives website:

While this year’s theme highlights visual research methods and visual ethnographies, we encourage submissions from people conducting all forms of qualitative research and interpretive analysis. Submissions from novice and experienced researchers are welcomed. We are keen to include graduate students as presenters and as participants. Announcements regarding Featured speakers, special sessions, and special events to follow.


Abstracts can be submitted online at If you have any questions, please contact us at

Andrea Doucet, Brock University
Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Brock University
Deana Simonetto, McMaster University