Coalition for Critical Qualitative Inquiry


A WEDNESDAY DAY OF COLLABORATION with the Special Interest Group (SIG)



Purpose and History of the CCQI SIG:

For some time, researchers engaging in critical qualitative scholarship have called for the construction of a critical social science that challenges disciplinary boundaries and rethinks research as construct and practice.  To some extent, the broad expanse of qualitative research as a field has accomplished this reconceptualization, especially with the extensive work of feminist, postcolonial, and poststructural scholars (to name just a few of the epistemological perspectives that address issues of power and equity). However, the contemporary imposition of neoliberal forms of knowledge and practice broadly, but especially within higher education, is an immediate threat to qualitative research of all types, and most importantly, to a construction of higher education that would facilitate diverse ways of being and challenge social and environmental injustice and oppression in any form.  From within this neoliberal condition, critical work is of utmost importance.  Additionally, as critical perspectives have brought to the forefront the anthropocentrism that dominates research, those concerned with the “more-than-human” hope to challenge all forms of injustice. The main purpose of the Critical Qualitative Inquiry SIG within ICQI is to construct a Coalition of individuals from a range of fields who systematically work together to:

  • Expand visibility for existing critical work, as well as newly emerging, post-human inquiry (e.g. feminisms, subaltern studies, queer theory, critical pedagogy, counter colonial critique, new materialisms, post-anthropocentric inquiry);
  • Increase and maintain critical qualitative inquiry as an avenue for equity and social justice across, outside, and challenges to, disciplines;
  • Construct new diverse forms of critical qualitative inquiry, related forms of activism, and innovative methods for sharing that work; and
  • Systematically support critical qualitative scholars in the changing climate that is higher education, especially under contemporary neoliberal conditions that include the privileging of academic conservativism.


Contact the following if you have ideas for the topics and/or would like to assist in planning:          Gaile S. Cannella

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg

Mathias Urban