Interdisciplinary Symposium on Qualitative Methodologies 2018


**Submission deadline extended to December 31, 2017**

Call for Proposals

The Student Organization for Qualitative Methodology (SOQM) is issuing a call for proposals for the second annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Qualitative Methodologies at the University of South Florida (USF). This interdisciplinary research event, to be held on March 3, 2018, seeks to provide a space for collaboration amongst students, faculty, emerging scholars, and researchers to engage in scholarly conversations about diverse qualitative methodologies.

In this one-day symposium, we invite all types of qualitative research proposals, and are open to ongoing or completed theoretical or empirical research. We are especially interested in critical framework submissions which respond to the growing climate of xenophobia and racism. Critical theory inhabits a crucial space in the qualitative tradition and academia aimed at dismantling social structures that oppress and marginalize people on the basis of race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, citizenship, etc. As a result, our special theme for the symposium is Racism and xenophobia: A time for critical inquiry.

We encourage submissions from a wide range of creative approaches including presentations with images, multi-media, performance, fine arts, and other modes of expression from qualitative researchers representing Education, Communications, Anthropology, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, Health, and English, among others.

Click here to download the call for proposals

Submitting your proposal

Proposals are due by December 15, 2017, and should include (1) title of your presentation, (2) up to 250-word abstract, and (3) a 75-word summary.

Abstract should be 250 words or less. Reviewers will use this text to judge acceptability of a proposal. A good abstract provides core details about your presentation. Generally, these core details include the research questions, and the methods used to answer those questions (unless you are doing a conceptual paper or a post-qualitative inquiry). You can also include other details, such as your theoretical framework, expected findings, and what the audience can take away from your presentation.

Summary should be 75 words or less. The summary goes on the final printed program. This blurb conveys the gist of your research inquiry, and can be an important factor in people's decision to attend your presentation. Think of it as an ad for your presentation.

Please click here to submit the proposals. Note that you will be directed to a BePress webpage bearing the USF logo. You will need a BePress account to enter this website (i.e., your USF username and password will not work here). If you do not have one, please click on Sign Up to create a BePress account.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to register as a presenter, with zero registration fee. For general attendance, please see the registration link. To join the organization, visit Write to us at for additional information or inquiries.

Become a reviewer

We can always use the extra help! If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for the proposals that we receive for the symposium, please complete this form. As graduate students, we understand your time constraints, and will ask you to decide the number of proposals you want to review.