Digital tools track at ICQI

Request for proposals regarding Digital Tools for Qualitative Research


To be presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
May 20-23, 2015: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Judith Davidson, Kristi Jackson and Trena Paulus invite you to participate.

The Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Research will be hosting a special track (during the conference) of panels and papers related to Digital Tools in Qualitative Research. We encourage those with interest in this track to submit panel and individual paper (or poster) proposals related to several themes:
• Digital Tools: What are they (old and new; hybrid or repurposed)? What are the various and intersecting sub-groups of tools that comprise qualitative research technology? How are they being used? What constitutes good use? How do we know?
• Methodological Quandaries: How are qualitative researchers making sense of the methodological issues raised by the use of digital tools? What methodological tasks are served by the use of new tools? How do digital tools impact the use of different interpretive frameworks?
• Ethics and Social Justice: What ethical issues do these tools raise? Whom do they help? Whom do they hurt? How is justice or injustice occurring through the use of digital tools in qualitative research?
• The Literature of and Theoretical Perspectives on Digital Tools in Qualitative Research: How are we theorizing and contextualizing these tools? How do researchers’ affiliation with or critique of these tools shape our communities of practice?

The acceptance of your proposal to the conference will NOT be influenced by whether or not you submit your proposal to the Digital Tools track. However, the best way to ensure that your submission will be part of this community is to follow these steps:

1. LOGIN: (or create an account) at start the submission process.

2. SELECT PROPOSAL TYPE: Choose “Individual Paper” or “Poster” if you are submitting individually; choose “Panel” if you are submitting as a group of papers. When possible, we encourage you to submit as a Panel.

3. SUBMISSION TRACK: Choose the “Digital Tools” TRACK in the window just above your submission title (and then enter the title and abstract you prepared).

4. TOPIC AREA: Select any TOPIC AREA in the window below your submission abstract (this may help us group similar, individual papers).

5. KEYWORDS: If possible, include “Digital Tools” as one of your KEYWORDS.

6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have a preference for associating your paper(s) with one of the themes in this track (Digital Tools, Methodological Quandaries, Ethics and Social Justice, The Literature of and Theoretical Perspectives on Digital Tools), enter the relevant theme(s) in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION window.

More information on ICQI 2015 (submission deadlines, prior conferences, etc.) can be found at:

Questions about the ICQI Digital Tools track?
Contact Kristi Jackson at

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