Coalition for Critical Qualitative Inquiry


Beginning in 2020, SIGs will be incorporated into the regular Congress, Thursday – Saturday. Therefore, for 2020 activities:

  1. 2 sessions will be planned by CCQI and held on Friday during regular session periods focusing on the following topic: “Critical Qualitative Inquiry (CQI): Justice Matters in (En)Tangled Times.” See the Congress program for times and locations.
  2. A business meeting will be scheduled for Saturday during a regular Congress session. Please also see the ICQI program.
  3. Anyone who does critical work is again encouraged to mark “critical” with your submission.

Everyone is invited to attend all activities.


Conceptualization and History of the CCQI SIG:

For some time, researchers engaging in critical qualitative inquiry (CQI) 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. For some years, the SIG has worked to expand visibility for existing critical work, maintain CQI as an avenue for equity and justice, and facilitate critical activism and innovative methods for sharing scholarship.

Please contact the following with questions: Gaile S. Cannella  Mirka Koro  M. Francyne Huckaby OR Jennifer Wolgemuth