2020 Award Winners

Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award:


Na Ri Shin. Contesting sustainable community development through the Olympic Games in the era of globalization: The case of Daegwallyeong-myeon, host community of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.


Maureen Flint. Methodological Orientations: College Student Navigations of Race and Place in Higher Education.

Traditional Honorable Mention

Judith Graham. Incidental teacher <=> student moments in an Aotearoa New Zealand secondary school: Entangled encounters with Key Competencies

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award Committee for the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry is pleased to announce the selection of KIM ETHERINGTON as recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry for his lifetime contributions to the methods, theory, practice, and dissemination of qualitative inquiry.

Professor Etherington is an Emeritus Professor of Narrative and Life Story Research at the University of Bristol. She is also a senior accredited counsellor and supervisor, Fellow of BACP and accredited EMDR practitioner with EMDR UK and Europe. She has worked part-time for the University of Bristol since 1995 alongside my private therapy practice. Over the course of her career, she has offered academic and clinical supervision, consultancy and training in voluntary and statutory organisations across the UK and presented workshops and seminars in New Zealand, Malta, South Africa, Crete and the USA. Invited keynote speeches and conferences presentations have taken her to Canada, Ireland, USA, and across the UK. She has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles, 11 book chapters, 3 edited collections and 7 sole-authored books, including the forthcoming Trauma Stories, 2007’s Trauma, drug misuse and transforming identities; a life story approach, and Becoming a reflexive researcher: Using our selves in research, published in 2004. These publications reflect Professor Etherington’s passion for linking practice with research and writing write with an emancipatory purpose using a style of writing that is accessible by academics, practitioners and clients, and the general public. She currently lives near her family in the heart of England, in an old farmhouse beside a river in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. There she offers EMDR therapy to those experiencing the impact of childhood trauma and mentoring and support to doctoral and master’s candidates who are interested in creative, reflexive, collaborative research such as narrative inquiry, and autoethnography and other arts-based approaches.


The Lifetime Achievement Award Committee for the International Congress for Qualitative inquiry is equally pleased to announce CÉSAR A. CISNEROS PUEBLA and STACY HOLMAN JONES as recipients of the Special Career Award in Qualitative Inquiry, which recognizes dedication and contributions to qualitative research, teaching, and practice.

Dr César A. Cisneros Puebla is well known to our Congress, and internationally.  He received his PhD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1992, and since 1997 has served as Professor and Researcher at UNAM Metro, in Mexico City.  He taught Qualitative Data Analysis at our first three Congresses here in Urbana, and has been a regular presence ever since.  He has been a Symposium or Conference organizer of over 30 conferences, has served on the editorial boards of over 15 journals, has presented papers or invited addresses to over 110 meetings and conferences, and has published over 45 journal articles.  Cesar has played a leadership role in carrying the messages of qualitative data analysis to international audiences in Canada, Europe, South America, and Central America. This leadership is reflected in his election as President of the International Association. Additionally, he has received or participated as a member of many grants from national and international agencies, to use qualitative analysis for the investigation of health, education, social justice, and many other issues.  Cesar is a valued member and leader of our international community, and it is a pleasure to bestow this Special Career Award in Qualitative Inquiry, for dedication and contributions to qualitative research, teaching, and practice.

Professor Stacy Holman Jones is an accomplished scholar and charismatic pioneer who has defined and expanded our intersectional, queer, diverse world in her scholarship, teaching, performance, team-building, leadership, and personality.  Since receiving her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2001, she has served on the faculties of University of South Florida (2001-2011), California State University, Northridge (2011-2014), and since 2015 at Monash University.  She is known to this Congress through her performance ethnographies and prodigious work.  She is the author of Torch Singing (Altamira, 2007) and Kaleidoscope Notes (Altamira, 1998), and co-author of Autoethnography with Tony E. Adams and Carolyn Ellis (Oxford, 2014), Writing for Performance with Anne Harris (Sense, 2016), Queering Families, Schooling Publics with Anne Harris, Sandra Faulkner and Eloise Brook (Routledge, 2017), Queering Autoethnography with Anne Harris, recipient of an honorable mention for the ICQI Qualitative Book award (Lexington, 2019), The Queer Life of Things with Anne Harris (Lexington 2019) and very importantly the co-editor of Handbook of Autoethnography (Left Coast Press, 2013, 2nd edition 2020). She is also co-editor of Stories of Home: Place, Identity, Exile with Devika Chawla (Lexington, 2015), and Creative Selves / Creative Cultures with Marc Pruyn (Palgrave, 2017).  In addition, Professor Holman Jones has authored or co-authored 31 journal articles, 27 book chapters, and 54 keynote addresses, invited lectures, residencies or panels.  She has expanded the boundaries, audiences, and constituencies for performance ethnography, to include such topics as serious mental disorders, building resilience for transgender youth, forgiveness, STEAM-rich teacher education, borderline personality disorder, socially-engaged feminism, disadvantaged schools, homophobia, working class culture, intercultural dialogue, LGBTI youth, digital play/creative citizenship, memory work, enhancing selves of youth with mental illness.  She has served as President of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry from 2015-2018, and has served the Congress in many ways, including as the convenor of the autoethnography SIG since 2015.  She is a respected and valued member of our community, and so it is a great honor to award her with this Special Award in Qualitative Inquiry, for dedication and contributions to qualitative research, teaching, and service.

Previous recipients of this award include Harry F. Wolcott (2010), Robert Stake (2011), and Patricia Leavy (2015).

Report from the 2020 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Qualitative Book Award Committee

Members of the Qualitative Book Award committee, Ron Pelias, Pat Sikes and Kathy Roulston reviewed 19 nominations for the Qualitative Book award this year.

This award recognizes books that make a major contribution to the study and practice of qualitative approaches through success in experimenting with new or traditional writing forms, inclusion of critical reflections on the writing and research process, contributions to living meaningful lives, and insights into creating a socially just world. As in past years, the task to select winners for the award was difficult, since we received many wonderful books for review.

Honorable mentions are awarded to three books.

Holman Jones, S., & Harris, A. M. (2019). Queering autoethnography. New York & London: Routledge.

In their book Queering autoethnography, Stacy Holman Jones and Anne M. Harris expand the range of autoethnographic practice and purposefully disrupt “taken-for-granted knowledges that continue to marginalize, oppress and/or take advantage of those ….who do not participate or find ourselves reflected in mainstream cultures and social structures – which includes research methodologies'” (p. 4). Employing contemporary flashpoints, including queer memorializing and mourning, and digital and cultural transformations of queer lives and bodies, among others, the authors are committed to writing for those who have been “forgotten, lost, left behind, unacknolwedged, hurt or silenced, or worse” (p. 9). This book eloquently carves out ethical space on behalf of queer presence in these oppressive times. Weaving the theoretical and the personal together with sensitivity, it speaks from a a place of affect and taps into empathic passion in a way that engages and moves readers from the first to final page. This text explores the theoretical and practical possibilities offered by a queer approach to autoethnography.

Kuntz, A. M. (2019). Qualitative inquiry, cartography, and the promise of material change. London & New York: Routledge.

“What are the problems to which materialist methodologies are posed as a solution?” This is the question addressed by Aaron Kuntz’s accessible book on materiality, Qualitative inquiry, cartography, and the promise of material change. Arguing that in the contemporay moment “newly radical formations of democratic citizenship are needed” (p. 1), Kuntz explores questions to do with what and how we inquire, as well as the effects of inquiry. This book offers a compelling case, articulated with clarity and acuity, for a research practice located in a relational materialism that gives rise to a “virtuous inquiry,” one that calls upon researchers to engage in an ongoing ethical process of becoming. His enticing argument teaches us how to embrace an alternative mode of being as we go about our work. Kuntz’s book represents an unequivocal commitment to research which seeks to make a difference, to contest contemporary challenges to social injustice, and to privilege ethical practice. There are alternatives to the neoliberal agenda and in this book, Aaron Kuntz provides illustrations of a way forward.

Richardson, L. (2019). Lone twin: A true story of loss and found. Leiden & Boston: Brill Sense.

Laurel Richardson’s Lone Twin is a book about human connection, and the joys and weights that pull on a life, sometimes without one’s full consciousness of why. This book reads like a sociological case study, a memoir, a family history, and an intriguing mystery, but most of all, as an object lesson of what matters in our personal lives. From the beginning, readers will find themselves caught up in this beautifully rendered world. By the book’s end, they will feel privileged to have met the people who populate this world and will be transported to the entanglements of their own relationships. Laurel Richardson’s writing is lyrical, beautiful, compelling, and provocative. This book provides an example of integrative work – it’s profoundly scholarly, creative, literary, historically and sociologically grounded, ethical, and so much more. There is so much to learn from what Laurel Richardson has to say.

 The winner of the 2020 Qualitative Book Award is awarded to:

Wyatt, J. (2019). Therapy, stand-up, and the gesture of writing. New York & London: Routledge.

There are surprises in store for those who read Jonathan Wyatt’s book, Therapy, Stand-Up, and the Gesture of Writing. This book about the unfolding and enfolding of therapy, stand-up and writing, wrote one of the reviewers, “comes to me like a compelling poem.” Although the book teaches readers a great deal about therapy, stand-up and writing, it also provides deep insights into thinking and feeling in the ongoing process of becoming. This book is a poetic gift to readers and the field of qualitative inquiry.  Its gentle rhythms find their own form. Its language surrounds, seduces. Its “creative-relational inquiry,” to use Wyatt’s rich term, opens new ways of moving through the world. Panel members were in unanimous agreement that Jonathon Wyatt’s book is a brilliant and original example of reflective and reflexive writing that prompts readers to think about their own attitudes and practices in daily life. This book will show both neophyte and experienced autoethnographers what quality work looks like.


Dissertation Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Qualitative Book Award
Spanish or Portuguese Book Award