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20-02-2013

Call for abstracts on Q methodology

The 29th annual conference of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity will be a three-day event, comprising of workshops, plenary and panel sessions, poster and paper presentations, and keynote speeches. While the conference programme will cover a range of disciplines and sectors, the study of subjectivity and the use of Q Methodology will provide a unifying element to the conference.

The programme committee welcomes submissions on all aspects of Q methodology and contributions inspired by the seminal work of Dr. William Stephenson. We invite presentations of recent or ongoing research in any discipline or sector using Q, or submissions relating to (but not restricted to) the following themes:
-          the life and works of William Stephenson;
-          creativity in Q sorting;
-          use of Q in teaching, coaching and mentoring;
-          use of Q in programme evaluation and policy analysis;
-          use of computer packages and web applications to conduct Q studies or open up Q to new users;
-          use of Q with visual or non-verbal stimuli;
-          the relationship between operant factors and discourse;
-          the relationship of Q with other methods and techniques;
-          dilemmas in statement and participant sampling, or factor extraction, rotation and interpretation.

Submission Types
Paper - These take the form of a 15-20 minute presentation to a paper session, with an opportunity to circulate a full paper. Papers are normally grouped into thematic sessions of 3 or 4 papers.

Poster - These should be no larger than A1 in size (841x594mm) and will be displayed in communal space for the duration of the conference.

Panel - This is an opportunity to be imaginative. A panel could take a number of forms such as a set of presentations or a roundtable discussion on a particular theme, an important current debate, or aspects of Q methodology. If submitting a proposal for a panel session, please list the confirmed contributors (minimum of three speakers).


Abstract Submission
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 March 2013. Abstracts can be emailed to the programme chair Job van Exel by email (vanexel [at] bmg [dot] eur [dot] nl), with “Abstract Q conference 2013 [+ first author name]” in the title of the email. The abstract must consist of the following:
- title
- corresponding author, affiliation, email address for correspondence
- if applicable, co-authors, affiliation
- submission type: oral presentation / poster presentation / panel (min. 3 speakers)
- keywords (e.g., discipline, type of study, stage of study)
- experience with Q: my first or second Q study / done a few / can’t remember how many
- abstract text (200-300 words)
 
Process of Selection
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed based on quality and relevance. Following the evaluation the program committee will provide notification of acceptance by the 30th of April 2013. The preliminary programme will be published by the 10th of May 2013.

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