The theme of the 2022 Congress (May 18-22) is Transformative Visions and Utopias of Hope in Qualitative Inquiry.
As we write this in April 2021, it is becoming ever more common to hear that we have turned multiple corners: the Trump presidency is over; COVID-19 vaccines are becoming increasingly available to the broader population; global economies are rebounding; a newfound sense of hope is slowly making its way into the popular vernacular. And yet while the above may ring true, we cannot lose sight of the broader context in which the 2022 Congress will take place: not only will the social, cultural, political, and economic fallout from COVID-19 continue to impact all quarters of daily life, but consider the following: the social justice struggles of BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements; growing violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities; creeping authoritarianism and white nationalism; settler colonialism; environmental crises; economic shocks to higher education; continuing public health crises; political assaults on science; the fracturing of communities.
In these uncertain times, the 2022 Congress looks ahead with a renewed sense of hope, but remains grounded in the reality that much work lies ahead. Collectively and collaboratively, this moment calls for a critical, performative, social justice inquiry directed at the multiple crises of our historical present. We need a rethinking of where we have been, and, crucially, where we are going–and how we will get there. Our inquiry must meet the demands of our hopeful–but evolving–future.It is in the hands of the diverse and evolving ICQI community to intervene into the challenges and demands that we face–to be present to the history that we all shape. These challenges and demands may require us to rethink our ethical, political, and methodological moorings–especially in a post-COVID landscape. Although we do not know what the future may hold, we must ensure our voices will be heard as we continue to intervene into the spaces of the everyday–working toward a more diverse, inclusive, and transformative present.