SIG In Critical and Poststructural Qualitative Psychology

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

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.

“Putting theory to work” sessions

Wednesday will also host our event, “Putting Theory to Work.” These sessions will provide attendees with a “taste” of putting specific poststructural/critical theories and methodologies to work in the fields of psychology. Attendees are invited to actively “play” with data using unconventional, practice-oriented, and innovative approaches under the guidance of a methodologist. The aim of these sessions is to bridge theory and practice in a playful and hands-on manner, increase engagement with unconventional approaches, and encourage vibrant community-oriented research.


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. We also consider developments in New Materialism and post-qualitative inquiry to be conducive with this agenda, allowing for novel means to reconstitute ontology and knowledge production.

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


The deadline for abstract and initiator submissions is December 1, 2019.


Individual Papers and Panels (Friday & Saturday, May 22 & 23, 2020)

During the main congress on Friday and Saturday, the SIG will organize panel presentations on different theoretical perspectives for qualitative inquiry in 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.

Submissions for individual papers are limited to 150-word abstracts. Panel submissions are comprised of at least four (4) but not more than five (5) papers, each paper with full abstract (150 words each) 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 for Questions & Answers. The SIG Committee will organize individual papers into panels.

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

All submissions must be processed through the link in the psychology session (

Be sure to indicate:

  • that your presentation is part of the SIG in Qualitative Psychology, and
  • intended as individual paper or panel.

SIG submission as well as attendance of the SIG’s pre-congress conference “Day in Qualitative Psychology” is included in the regular congress attendance fee.

Conference organizers:

  • Heather Adams, Trauma & Change Research Group, USA,
  • Katharina A. Azim, University at Buffalo (SUNY), USA,
  • Angelo Benozzo, University of Valle d’Aosta, Italy,
  • Marco Gemignani, Duquesne University and Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Spain,
  • Michael Kral, Wayne State University, USA,
  • Paul Rhodes, The University of Sydney, Australia, (co-chair)
  • Miguel Roselló Peñaloza, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Chile,

SIG consultants:

  • Cynthia Langtiw, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA,
  • Cesar Cisneros Puebla, UAM Iztapalapa, Mexico,
  • Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Arizona State University, USA,