Up-Coming & Past QUIC Events

Our next QUIC event:

The Second Annual Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Northern Illinois University!

The 2019 Call for Papers is available here.

Second Annual Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry
March 30, 2019, Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center,
9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

To support the rigorous development of qualitative inquiry in the social sciences, the Qualitative Inquiry Collaborative (QUIC) at Northern Illinois University will host the 2nd Annual Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry, to be held at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on Saturday, March 30, 2019. While there is no conference registration fee, $20 is required to offset the cost of the catered lunch.

This daylong conference will provide NIU graduate students with the opportunity to present their original qualitative research. Presenters within individual sessions will come from a range of social science disciplines and will be linked by their methodological or conceptual approaches. Faculty discussants will be assigned to each session to further explore methodological issues in qualitative inquiry. In 2018, students and faculty facilitators came from five NIU colleges.

Call for Papers

Please submit a 500 word abstract (excluding references) that addresses the following components:

1)  Research question
2)  Why qualitative inquiry is the most appropriate approach to address this question
3)  The qualitative methodology being employed
4)  The conceptual framework of this methodology
5)  Findings and analysis (if the study is still in the proposal stage, address methods for analysis and anticipated findings)
6)  Significance of the research

Proposals should be written in APA style. Graduate students who have their papers accepted for presentation should plan for a 14-minute presentation.

Deadline for submission 

Proposals should be submitted to the QUIC by 5 p.m. on January 28, 2019. Please submit proposals electronically to QUIC@niu.edu. Presenters will receive an acceptance email by February 15, 2019. Additional information regarding the details of individual presentations will also be provided via email prior to the conference on March 30, 2019.

Conference Goals 

  • To foster campus-wide trans-disciplinary dialogue about qualitative research
  • To provide a forum for graduate students to participate in peer learning in order to broaden and strengthen their approaches to qualitative inquiry
  • To explore and examine ontological and epistemological foundations of research
  • To create a space to examine and consider international examples of qualitative research
  • a state-supported, public research university
  • To produce qualitative forms that dialogically engage community groups forging political coalitions, constituencies, and action to support the university

Conference Agenda

8:00-9:00               Registration and complimentary continental breakfast
9:00-10:10             Welcome, keynote address
10:10-10:20          Break
10:20-11:35          First Breakout sessions
11:35-12:35          Catered lunch at the Barsema Center
Lunch speaker: To be announced
12:35-12:45          Break
12:45-1:55             Second breakout session
1:55-2:05               Break
2:05-3:15               Third breakout session
3:15-3:30               Break
3:30-4:00               Final reflections and future steps

Please note: Conference parking at the Barsema Center is free.

QUIC is grateful for the generous support of the NIU Graduate School.

Our past QUIC events include:

The First Annual QUIC Methods Café was held on Monday November 9, 2018. The advertisement poster is available here.

The event brought together more than 30 graduate students and more than 10 faculty members from across disciplines at NIU to share their research expertise and workshop papers, prospectuses, dissertation chapters, and ideas-in-progress together.

The First Annual Graduate Conference in Qualitative Inquiry was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The call for papers is available here.

This event brought together more than 75 students and faculty from NIU and the wider community to workshop papers, prospectuses and dissertation chapters. Professor Elizabeth de Freitas, Professor in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK provided an outstanding keynote speech.


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