TQR 9th Annual Conference

Sponsored by:


The Qualitative Report Ninth Annual Conference
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
January 11 – 13, 2018
At-A-Glance Schedule
Breakout Schedule
Presentation Summaries

Editorial Board Meeting/Informational

The phenomenology of qualitative research asks us to study consciously what appears before us as qualitative researchers. This lens on our lived experiences as qualitative researchers shines not only on who we study, but also on us as we study. As reflective practitioners of our research craft, we accept the challenges of being human instruments of our inquiries acknowledging the responsibilities of the decisions we make in who, what, where, when, why, and how we study the phenomena we do and do not explore.

From a practical perspective, the phenomenology of qualitative research suggests we embrace the phenomenological dualities of epoché and bracketing regardless the design and methodology we employ in our work. The application of these central tenets of phenomenological awareness encourages us to study ourselves as we study others making the practices of journaling and keeping research notebooks as central to our designs and procedures as interviewing, taking field notes, and conducting data analyses. In doing so, we usher in a phenomenological sense of accountability in building rigor and quality in our qualitative research.

The phenomenology of qualitative research encourages us not only to be thorough in our data analysis, but also to be imaginative in our data transformation. These different yet connected analytical processes are present in most qualitative research methodologies, yet phenomenologists seem to have a special vocabulary and transparency in sharing how they accomplish these steps in producing creative, meticulous results. It would seem all qualitative researchers could benefit from adapting such best practices.

At The Qualitative Report Ninth Annual Conference, we want you to share your lived experiences as qualitative researchers: “How are you becoming qualitative researchers, How do you practice your craft, How do you consciously produce the results that you do, and How do manage yourself throughout your work?” are some of the phenomenology-inspired questions we can explore together at the conference. Take us inside your world as a qualitative researcher by describing what you do and how you make sense of that which you do. We want to hear these reflexive tales in your proposed papers, panels, and workshops so we all can learn the phenomenology of qualitative research.

Please submit your presentation ideas and join us next January at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA for TQR2018! We will be accepting submissions from February 1st to April 30th, 2017. As always, please let us know your questions and comments by sending us your emails to tqr@nova.edu, posting to our Facebook page, or by tweeting us!

Presenter Registration Link

General Registration Link

Registration begins July 7, 2017:

  • Full Refund: Registration cancellation before December 1, 2017
  • No Refund: Registration cancellation December 1, 2017 or later.

Pre-Conference Workshop

An Introduction to Doing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
Facilitator: Professor Jonathan A Smith, Birkbeck University of London, UK

This workshop is for those interested in, or starting to use, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). No prior knowledge is assumed. The workshop will begin by outlining the theoretical underpinnings of IPA. I will then go through the stages involved in conducting an IPA research study: design, data collection, analysis, writing up. This will include some practical hands-on work to help facilitate participants’ skill acquisition.

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Post-Conference Workshop

An Introduction to Qualitative Meta-Synthesis
Facilitators: Ronald J. Chenail and Kamilah Thomas-Purcell

Systematic reviews of published qualitative research have emerged as an important set of methods to aggregate, summarize, analyze, and synthesize qualitative data from a variety of study designs. These approaches include meta-study, meta-summary, grounded formal theory, meta-ethnography, and qualitative meta-synthesis. In this workshop, we will focus on qualitative meta-synthesis by presenting a six-step approach for conducting this type of systematic review and sharing our procedures and results from our own studies.

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NVivo Webinar

The NVivo webinar, Using NVivo as a Research Tool will cover how NVivo can assist throughout all the stages of the research process from the literature review, to data analysis, to publishing articles & dissertations.

  • Literature Review: Efficiently organize and tag literature, easily keep track of critical quotes, and track ideas across many articles
  • Coding: Code your literature, interviews, surveys, and any other data you may collect in a single, convenient location and analyze all your data for multiple articles in one NVivo project.
  • Analyzing Data: Using queries to uncover potential themes, understand words in context, and explore relationships
  • Findings: Gather together all your research findings in a single location, making it easy to link your literature and your data, and to easily find quotes to illustrate themes
  • Publish: With all your data organized and analyzed in an NVivo project, writing happens quickly and easily. Generate rich visualizations in NVivo, which can be exported and included in an article or presentation

As the Regional Manager of the Americas, Stacy is responsible for growing QSR’s presence in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Stacy brings 10 years of business development experience with 14 years of experience in the educational sector. Stacy has a passion for combining her skills as an educator with her business experience to build a dedicated team that works with qualitative researchers in the academic, government, not for profit, and commercial sectors. Stacy’s experience ranges from academia, earning a doctorate in education where she used NVivo for a qualitative dissertation.

Keynote Speakers

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg

Keynote Abstract

Leaky architecture of qualitative inquiry (and drifting with post-intentional phenomenology)

Intentional and transcendental phenomenologies often offer descriptive, emphatic, and humanistic groundings and structures to situate human, experience, and knowing within inquiry and scholarship. However, in this presentation I take a different turn and drift with post-intentional phenomenology exploring some aspects and functions of leaky architecture of qualitative inquiry. I ‘allow’ inquiry and research processes to affect and be affected by instability, edge, relationality, movement, blurred genres, and leaky architecture. Research design, data, and knowing subjects can no longer be assumed to constitute one agentic and fixed entity but they multiply and shift constructing only evaporating, resonating, porous, accommodating, and temporary proxies, events, and forms of living. Qualitative inquiry as this calls for various re-conceptualizations including the role of human/subject (e.g., in post-humanism), philosophy (philosophy as a method), data (plural and theoretical), author (absent and collective), and potential absence of transparency and linear logic. More specifically I offer some considerations regarding (potentially) enabling constrains promoting and supporting instable forms of research design such as relationality and rhythm. Maybe through some unexpected ontological becomings, relational lines, epistemological escapes and instable middles of sensing in time/space qualitative researchers are able to inquiry and live beyond the anthropocentric core and more.


Mirka Koro-Ljungberg (Ph.D., University of Helsinki) is a Professor of qualitative research at the Arizona State University. Her scholarship operates in the intersection of methodology, philosophy, and socio-cultural critique and her work aims to contribute to methodological knowledge, experimentation, and theoretical development across various traditions associated with qualitative research. She has published in various qualitative and educational journals and she is the author of Reconceptualizing qualitative research: Methodologies without methodology (2016) published by SAGE.

Johnny Saldaña

Keynote Abstract

“Researcher, Analyze Thyself”

In this keynote address, Johnny Saldaña attempts to answer, through observational and introspective reflection, “What does it mean to be a qualitative researcher?” These phenomenological musings explore the possible essences and essentials of the inquirer as he or she participates in all stages of the research endeavor. “Researcher, Analyze Thyself” is a call to understand not just what and how but why we do what we do.


Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (AltaMira Press), The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd ed., Sage Publications; translated into Korean, Turkish, and Chinese-Simplified), Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press), Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press), Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publications), co-author with the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (3rd ed., Sage Publications), and the editor of Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press). His most recent book is Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life, a new methods textbook with co-author Matt Omasta (Sage Publications). Saldaña’s works have been cited and referenced in over 5,000 research studies conducted in over 125 countries, in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, government and social services, the fine arts, the social sciences, human development, and communication.

Saldaña’s research in qualitative inquiry, data analysis, and performance ethnography has received awards from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the National Communication Association-Ethnography Division, the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group, New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre, and the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He has published a wide range of research articles in journals such as Research in Drama Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Youth Theatre Journal, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teaching Theatre, Research Studies in Music Education, and Qualitative Inquiry, and has contributed several chapters to research methods handbooks.

Jonathan Smith

Keynote Abstract

Trying to make sense of lived experience: Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and the meaning of chronic pain

From an IPA perspective, participants and researchers are both engaged in the business of making sense of lived experience. Of course there are different emphases in how they do this and in how close they are to the experience at hand; but they are both, nonetheless, trying to make sense of the thing under scrutiny. In this talk, I will describe how IPA envisages this business of sense-making and I will draw on examples from my research to illustrate what this looks like in practice. I have been involved in a series of studies on the personal experience of chronic pain and this is the corpus I will look to here. I hope the talk will illustrate both how IPA works and how it can help illuminate what it is to be in pain.


Jonathan A Smith is Professor of Psychology, Birkbeck University of London, UK where he leads the interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) research group comprising faculty, postdocs and a large cohort of Phd students. He developed IPA and has applied it to a wide range of areas in psychology for example the transition to motherhood, clinical genetics, pain. IPA is concerned with the detailed examination of how particular individuals are making sense of major personal experiences in their lives. Jonathan has published many journal papers presenting IPA studies and is first author on the major text on the approach: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Theory, Method, Research (Smith, Flowers & Larkin, 2009, Sage). He is also editor of a number of books on qualitative research more generally.


Sponsored Hotel Information

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Plantation
7780 SW 6th Street, Plantation, FL 33324-3342

The Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 11 %) in effect at the time of check out.

Start Date End Date Room Type Queen-Queen
1/11/2017 1/14/2017 Standard $133.00

Special Concessions: Hotel will provide Nova Southeastern with the following special concessions:

  1. Group rate to include breakfast for maximum occupancy of 2 per room. Breakfast will be served by the Bistro Café. The guest will have a choice of one of the following options below:
    • Option A – Choice of 1 breakfast sandwich and 1 beverage (water, juice, coffee, or tea)
    • Option B – Choice of 2 items from the Fast & Fresh menu and 1 beverage (water, juice, coffee, or tea)
  2. Group rate to include shuttle service to the following areas below.
    • To and from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport
    • To and from Nova Southeastern University

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