The Qualitatives

May 9 to 11, 2019

Fredericton, NB


The 36th Annual

Qualitative Analysis Conference

The Transdisciplinary Efficacy of Qualitative Methods: Studying Everyday Life, the Empirical Tradition Continues

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

May 9 to 11, 2019

Hosted by the University of New Brunswick

Call for Papers

Extended Abstract Deadline: April 5, 2019

Abstract to be submitted online

The 36th Qualitative Analysis Conference will be hosted by the Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick and take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Fredericton from May 9th to May 11th 2019, with an opening reception on the evening of May 8th 2019. The theme of the conference, ‘The Transdisciplinary Efficacy of Qualitative Methods: Studying Everyday Life, the Empirical Tradition Continues’ celebrates the breadth and diversity of qualitative inquiry.

We welcome papers from both novice and veteran qualitative researchers on:

  • any substantive topic based on research using qualitative methods
  • issues related to health, illness, and medical sociology
  • qualitative research designs and methodology
  • the history, impact, and/or epistemological insights of ethnographic field work

We are very pleased to announce that our Key Note Speaker for Qualitatives 2019 is Dr Joanna Kempner of Rutgers University. She is author of the University of Chicago Press ethnography, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health, for which she was awarded the 2016 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association’s Medical Sociology Section.

We are also very happy that our Featured Speaker, who will open the conference, is Dr Joseph Kotarba noted symbolic interactionist theorist and Professor of Sociology at Texas State University. He is author of the book Chronic Pain: Its Social Dimensions published by Sage and winner of the 2014 Charles Horton Cooley Award for Best Book from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction: Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans: The Music Never Ends published by Rowman & Littlefield. Dr Kotarba will also facilitate a workshop on qualitative methods as part of the conference.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 5th 2019. To submit an abstract please visit The abstract should be no longer than 150 words, and should be accompanied by three to five keywords. Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference chief organizers Jacqueline Low and Gary Bowden

Watch here for announcements from the 2019 Qualitatives!

Thanks to everyone who has submitted to the conference so far. We have newly extended the deadline for abstract submissions. We are now pleased to accept abstracts until April 5, 2019!

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Joanna Kempner of Rutgers University to give the Keynote Address for the 2019 Qualitatives.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Joseph Kotarba of Texas State University as the Featured Speaker for the 2019 Qualitatives.

Learn more about Dr. Kempner, Dr. Kotarba, and their presentations by following the "2019 Speakers" link at the left.

Abstract submissions and registration for the 2019 Qualitatives are both open. Please follow the links on the menu at left to submit an abstract and/or register for the conference.