Call for Proposals

The Student Organization for Qualitative Methodology (SOQM) is issuing a call for proposals for the third annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Qualitative Methodologies at the University of South Florida (USF). This interdisciplinary research event, to be held on March 23, 2019, seeks to provide a space for collaboration among 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. Potential presentations must employ qualitative research methods and can include, but are not limited to, the critical analyses of issues related to forms of social exclusion and structural injustices that oppress people on the basis of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, dis/ability, or citizenship. Our special theme for the symposium is Neocolonial Discourses of Exclusion.

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


September 1, 2018 – Proposal submission system opens

November 25, 2018 - Deadline to submit proposals

January 25, 2019 – Decision about acceptance/rejection

March 23, 2019 – Symposium

Submitting your proposal

You may either propose an individual paper (20 minutes) or a fully-formed panel (80 minutes). A panel may contain four or less brief presentations, and then a discussant may provide reactions to each of the brief presentations. Ample time for questions from participants should be provided.

Proposals should include (1) title of your presentation, (2) abstract, and (3) a 75-word summary.

Abstract for individual paper should be 250 words or less. On the other hand, abstract for a panel should be 1000 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, and will be used as a description in the final program if accepted. This blurb conveys the gist of your research inquiry, and can be an important factor in people's decision to attend 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.

You must be a SOQM member to submit proposals. If you are not a member yet, please visit, log in with USF ID, search for "SOQM" in the search bar, and click Join in the upper right corner to become a member. Membership is free. The membership requirement is waived for those who are not affiliated with USF. For general attendance, please see the registration link. 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.