Qualitative Inquiry:
Hope, Humility and Playfulness in a Precarious World

Tuesday 7 January – Friday 10 January 2025

Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry

University of Edinburgh

The Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (CCRI) looks forward to welcoming to Edinburgh qualitative researchers (faculty, students, independent scholars, creative practitioners, and more) from across the globe  for the 8th European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in January 2025.

The precarity of our world does not fit neatly into disciplinary silos. This conference will seek to foster our mutual interdependency and interconnectedness as qualitative inquirers and create space for community that after Rebecca Solnit, does hope together, and after Sandy Grande realises this hope is a hope that lives in contingency with the past.

We invite research as an act of humility: a humility that with Eve Tuck and Monique Guishard can throw us off our thrones of knowing and can become our gateway into vulnerability.  We invite research that troubles both the fantasy of individual autonomy and the hubris of anthropocentrism. As a conference taking place in Scotland and in the UK, we invite research that attends to a decolonialism beyond tokenism that challenges its own movement and questions the specifics of its own positionality.

We invite research that plays: with theory, concepts, questions, philosophy and creative ways of doing and making.

Come and join us to extend, deepen, re-frame and challenge these propositions and to bring, create and generate new ones; propositions that are slow and urgent, generous and edgy, open and restless.

Let’s meet in January 2025. Tell others. Bring others. Bring students, fellow students, colleagues. Bring your energies, commitments, imaginations, creativities, and possibilities. Bring coats, hats and wellies! Bring you! Bring your work-in-progress, process. Come as you are!

Submission of abstracts in now open