SIG In Critical and Poststructural Qualitative Psychology

Call for Abstracts

“A Day in Qualitative Psychology”

SIG in Critical and Poststructural Psychology

Opening conference at
the 13th International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017


The Day in Qualitative Psychology

The Day in Qualitative Psychology is the opening meeting of the Special Interest Group (SIG) in Critical and Poststructural Psychology at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. The goal of the SIG is to promote, develop, and celebrate creative qualitative inquiry in critical and poststructural psychology, with special attention to issues of social justice and disparity.

Features will include Prof. Bruno Maria Mazzara as keynote speaker (professor of Social Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), discussion groups, and a plenary session on critical and poststructural inquiries in psychology. Over the following days, the SIG will continue with panel presentations on different theoretical perspectives for qualitative inquiry in psychology. Prof. Mazzara’s research concerns qualitative methodologies as well as cultural and environmental psychology.

We invite researchers, practitioners, scholars, students and all others within subfields of psychology to join us at this event and to engage in vibrant and thought-provoking conversations about innovative and non-conventional (post-) qualitative methodologies and experiences that may be most useful in the field of psychology. Please come and share your work, thoughts, and dreams about qualitative psychology, and how to build psychological research as a novel, engaged, and non-essentialist practice.


Critical & Poststructural inquiry

We see Poststructural inquiries as moving away from attempts to provide realistic, universal, and fixed representations and from referents and answers that are not situated in historical, political, and cultural positions. In underscoring the close link between knowledge and power, and the (im-)possibilities of representation, Poststructural forms of inquiry explore, participate in, and deconstruct experiences and meanings as part of discursive frames, linguistic practices, and relational realities. Knowledges become non-linear, fluid, and liminal between fields and disciplines, and outside of them. Rather than finding finite answers, inquiries open up possibilities, questions, and multiplicity, with an eye toward issues and constructions of social justice, inequality, and emancipation.


Aware of the political and agentic situatedness of every form of inquiry, critical researchers seek to achieve equality and/or foster resistance, usually through collaborative and mutual approaches to an identified social issue and the knowledge/practice that may be developed or performed for its amelioration. Research is transformed into a diffractive and political practice that contributes to the empowerment of participants and to their resistance against institutionalized and hierarchical knowledge.


Abstract Submissions

The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2015. This deadline is sometimes extended till January 15, 2016. Please note that conversation roundtables will be on Wednesday, May 18, and paper presentations will be on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 2015.

Conversation Roundtable (45 minutes)

These will focus on specific issues and dilemmas faced by qualitative psychologists at various career stages. We invite submissions from one to three facilitators on topics such as:

  • Interweaving qualitative inquiry and professional practices (e.g., clinical, workplace, educational, social)
  • Epistemological challenges to qualitative research from the field of psychology
  • Completing a qualitative thesis/dissertation
  • Teaching qualitative research
  • Writing Qualitative Grant proposals.

We welcome additional topics that facilitators may want to suggest.

The facilitator(s) will be responsible for posing insightful and thought-provoking questions or concerns to start the conversation. They will then serve as moderators, keeping the dialogue on topic and facilitating the collaborative contribution of all roundtable participants. The goal of these conversations is not to produce clear answers to the issues, but rather to provide insights, spur creative conversations, encourage collaborations and create a sense of shared community.

To propose a conversation roundtable, please submit an abstract (150 words max.) at this link: Be sure to clearly label your abstract as being for a “conversation roundtable.” Your abstract will include the questions or concerns you wish to discuss collaboratively and the objectives you would like to achieve together with the participants.


SIG – Qualitative Research in Psychology (Friday and Saturday, 20-21 May 2016).


Participants can submit abstracts for individual presentations or for panels at the following link:

Be sure to indicate that your presentation is part of the SIG in Qualitative Psychology

Individual papers are limited to 150 words. Panel submissions are comprised of at least four (4) but not more than five (5) papers, each paper with full abstract and author information. Panels are guaranteed an 80-minute slot (individual paper presentations are expected to run 12-15 minutes). Within each panel, we recommend allowing a generous time to Questions & Answers.

Although we encourage work with critical, Poststructural, or social justice focus, all presentations related to qualitative psychology will be considered. We also welcome unconventional forms of communication, representation, and audience involvement.



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