Conferences to present your qualitative research

There are numerous conferences across the globe that provide opportunities for scholars from multiple disciplines to present their work, and network with colleagues. Some of these conferences are situated in specific disciplines (e.g., health research), whereas as others bring scholars from multiple disciplines together and provide a venue to focus on methods. Still other professional associations sponsor special interest groups that focus on qualitative methods — so be sure to check out the professional association associated with your disciplinary interests. Below are calls presentations for upcoming conferences over the next year, and there is plenty of time to develop your ideas to submit a proposal. 

3rd World Conference on Qualitative Research

When: 17th to 19th October 2018
Lisbon School of Nursing – Lisbon (Portugal)
Submission deadline:
17th June
Keynote speakers:
Christina Silver, Ronald Chenail, Rosalind Edwards, Luís Paulo Reis
Application fields:
Qualitative Research in Health; Qualitative Research in Education; Qualitative Research in Social Sciences; Qualitative Research in Engineering and Technology
Conference site:

Qualitative Health Research Conference

Where: Halifax, Canada

When: October 27-29, 2018

Sponsor: University of Alberta, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

Submission deadline: June 27, 2018

Conference Theme: Facing the Next 20 Years: The quandary of qualitative research in divided times
QHR is a three day annual conference focusing on qualitative research in the health disciplines. For over 20 years researchers, students, educators, administrators, clinicians and everyone in between have traveled far and near to share their research, engage in scholarly discourse, and connect with individuals from around the world.

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Jonathan Smith & Dr. Deborah van den Hoonaard

Conference Website

3rd European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Where: Edinburgh, UK

When: 13-15 February 2019

Conference Theme: Qualitative Inquiry as Activism

Sponsor: University of Edinburgh, Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry

Submission deadline: August 31, 2018

Conference website 

15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Where: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

When: May 15-18, 2019

Sponsor: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, International Institute for Qualitative Inquiry

Submission deadline: December 1, 2018

Conference Theme: Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Resistance

Keynote Speakers: Elizabeth St. Pierre & Aitor Gomez

Conference Website




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