Call for Papers 2024

The 40th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference:

“Origin Stories:” Tracing the Origins of Ideas, Selves, and Communities

Wilfrid Laurier University

Brantford, Ontario


June 26-28, 2024


Abstract Submission Extended Deadline:  March 1, 2024

As qualitative researchers, we often consider the origins of new identities, institutions, and ideas in the cultural and subcultural worlds we study. For example, in the sociology of ideas, one might chart the “origin stories” of intellectual exemplars, asking how their ideas took hold within a social context or in relation to their own identities. Of course, our many social institutions also have origins and offshoots – these are worth thinking about if we are to better understand contemporary organizational arrangements. Even each qualitative research process itself has origins (e.g., learning the ropes, getting in, achieving rapport) that often opens (or curtails) our next steps. Conceptual ideas, hopefully, hatch along the way, though not always from the most likely places or times in the field, the literature, or elsewhere.  Origins also allude to the new and innovative, as we try to identify “originality” within the subcultural groups we study, our own circles of academia, and our institutional reward systems.

Keeping the broadly conceived issue of “origins” in mind, we invite a range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical papers on this theme. As usual, we also welcome abstract submissions on all aspects of interpretive theory and qualitative research, and from a broad range of academic disciplines.

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


Stacey Hannem, Wilfrid Laurier University

Foroogh Mohammadi, Acadia University

Pouya Morshedi, Memorial University

Antony Puddephatt, Lakehead University

Jeffrey van den Scott, Memorial University

Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Memorial University