AERA 2015 QR-SIG Call for Proposals
April 16-20, 2015
Conference Theme: Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis
Submission Deadline: July 22, 2014, 11:59PM Pacific Time
The AERA theme of this year’s call aims to encourage submissions that consider how education praxis, research, theory and policy can change the world – toward justice. Given the theme of the 2015 meeting, we welcome submissions that highlight how qualitative methodologies help us to examine injustices and conceptualize and fight for justice.
Specifically, the Qualitative Research SIG invites papers that foreground discussions of qualitative methodology and analysis. Qualitative Research includes a wide range of methodological, theoretical, and analytic approaches to education research, including but not limited to interpretive, critical, post-structural, posthumanist frameworks and the multitude of approaches that gets produced from working their intersections.
The Qualitative Research SIG strongly encourages submissions that emphasize methodologically innovative approaches that disrupt, reframe, re-imagine and expand issues in qualitative research to consider what it means to forefront justice as a methodological goal. Rather than take the notion of justice for granted, submissions might consider: How is justice theorized? How is justice engaged methodologically? How do choices around representation highlight one’s methodological orientation toward issues of (in)justice? What does it look like to do qualitative research toward a more just world? How might we continue to envision our contributions to the future of education and qualitative research?
We also encourage submissions that challenge methodological orthodoxy and help us transgress and push the boundaries of qualitative inquiry. While proposals that address the yearly theme are encouraged, high quality proposals on all topics that make contributions to qualitative research methodologies are welcomed.
We invite scholars from all divisions and SIGs to submit proposals. The AERA online submission system is now open, and details about the formal call for proposals and the July 22, 2014 deadline can be found at http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/tabid/10063/Default.aspx.
As a reminder, paper and session submissions must not identify the author(s) in any way. Proposals for papers, posters, roundtables, and symposia/sessions are invited, and innovative session designs are encouraged. In order to accommodate flexibility in program decisions, please select all of the formats in which you would be willing to present your work; every year there are far more spots available for poster presentations and roundtable papers than individual papers and symposia. Please also note that ‘working group roundtables’ and ‘structured poster sessions’ count as symposia (even though they are named to suggest otherwise), and thus compete against numerous other proposed sessions for a small number of slots.
Please share this call for proposals with all who may be interested. The number of sessions allocated to each SIG is determined by the number of proposals and the size of our active membership. Please consider our SIG as a place to share your work, and renew your SIG membership when you submit your proposals. Encourage students and colleagues to join our SIG too.
All information about the annual meeting can be found at http://www.aera.net. You can also go there to volunteer to serve as a session chair or discussant for Qualitative Research SIG sessions at the 2015 meeting. These are especially important roles for senior scholars, in order to provide leadership and mentoring.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sara Childers & Jessica Lester
AERA Qualitative SIG Program Co-Chairs
Dr. Sara Childers
Adjunct Professor, Independent Scholar
Dr. Jessica Nina Lester
Assistant Professor, Indiana University