SIG in Arts-Based Research

All are invited to: (a) attend the entire Wednesday activities (conversation roundtables), and (b) submit papers to ICQI Friday/Saturday panel sessions sponsored by the SIG.

Wednesday, May 16 – Saturday, May 19, 2018

As part of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Arts-Based Research events will take place as a Special Interest Group (SIG) throughout the conference.

Arts-based research practices are based upon the premise of utilizing various forms of artistic practices as a primary means of understanding experience, and are intended to have applications across multiple disciplines. Consequently, we believe that practitioners would benefit from an interdisciplinary conversation. For the 2018 conference the SIG envisions a series of roundtables and panel presentations that address the following:

  • How would you characterize arts-based research?
  • What are the unaddressed problems that might require arts-based research approaches?
  • What arts-based practices have you applied to your own research?
  • What implications might this have for researchers in other fields?
  • How might arts-based research practices from other fields influence your work?
  • What are examples of critical-activist arts-based research outcomes serving as models of social justice and public engagement—whether rethinking global and intellectual contexts, critiquing contemporary events, problematizing norms, or contesting ideologies?
  • What are some unnamed methodologies for conducting social research that can be extrapolated from your explorations as an arts-based researcher?
  • How do new ABR methodologies facilitate the address of new research questions?

We welcome additional topics that interested participants may want to suggest.

Facilitators at each session 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 and panel participants.

We invite people interested in all disciplines that engage in arts-based research to submit an abstract proposal. Papers will be assigned to one of the following formats:

Conversation Roundtables

Conversation Roundtables (Pre-conference: Wednesday, May 16)

Roundtables are intended to promote conversations between/with presenters and attendees concerning related and emergent topics. The conversation roundtables will be a mix of invited presenters from proposal submissions. Roundtables will be grouped together by the program committee to form more intimate sessions by topic.

Panel Presentations

On Friday May 18 and Saturday 19, there will be paper presentations for the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Arts-Based Research. A limited number of individual papers will be accepted for presentations in panels of four speakers.


To submit a proposal for a paper presentation, please provide a title and abstract (150 words max).

To submit a proposal for an entire panel provide a title and abstract (150 words max). In addition a 350 word abstract for each individual paper will be required. A panel should consist of four papers, plus a chair and a discussant.

We encourage unconventional forms of communication and audience involvement in which presenters show rather than read their observation or results, leading the audience to think with their presenters.

Abstract submission procedures

Please submit your abstracts for the Arts-Based Research Special Interest Group (SIG) events through the conference website: Abstracts for individual papers need to be of 150 words or less. Please notice that the conversation roundtables will be on Wed., May 16, whereas the paper/panel presentations will be on Friday, May 18 or Saturday May 19.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 December 2017

Please be aware that this conference only provides projectors. There is no special support for other technological needs. Please feel free to contact the conference organizers for clarification or assistance related to your submission or attendance at the Day in Arts-Based Research. We look forward to seeing you in May 2018!

Conference/SIG organizers:

Richard Siegesmund, Chair,