Call for Proposals

The 4th Interdisciplinary Symposium on Qualitative Methodologies provides a space where students, faculty, and other participating researchers can engage in scholarly conversations that will contribute towards understanding diverse qualitative methodologies and their applications.

The Student Organization for Qualitative Methodology (SOQM) is issuing a call for proposals for the fourth annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Qualitative Methodologies at the University of South Florida (USF). This one-day symposium, to be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 seeks to provide a space for collaboration amongst students, faculty, emerging scholars, and researchers to engage in scholarly conversations about diverse qualitative methodologies. Our special theme for the symposium is Theory and Philosophy in Qualitative Research. Potential presentations may or may not align with the theme as long as they employ qualitative research methods.

In this one-day symposium, we invite all types of qualitative research proposals, and we are open to ongoing or completed empirical or theoretical research. 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.

Important Dates

  • October 11, 2019 – Proposal submission system opens
  • December 1, 2019 – Deadline to submit proposals
  • Early January  2020 – Decision about acceptance/rejection of proposal
  • February 28, 2020 - 4th SOQM Symposium

Submitting your proposal

You may either propose an individual paper (15 minutes), a poster,  or a panel (60 minutes). A panel contains four or less brief presentations, and then a discussant provides 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, (3) a 75-word summary, and (4) key words (5) option: individual paper, poster, or panel.

Abstract for individual papers and posters 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 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.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to register as a SOQM member. Membership is free.

Distinguished Student Paper Award

We are glad to announce this new award for the Distinguished Student Paper.

Please, follow the link to find out more about the award.

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.

We will ask you to decide the number of proposals you want to review.

For general attendance, please see the registration link.



To join SOQM: