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Call for proposals: ISSSS 2011 Conference

The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, ISSSS Conference 2011, will offer an exciting programme of invited speakers, focused workshops, and papers, presented in a variety of formats. While the topic of the papers will vary, the study of subjectivity and the use of Q Methodology provide a unifying element to the conference. The conference is a three-day event, comprising of workshops, plenary sessions, paper presentations, and keynote speeches.

We welcome submissions on all aspects of Q methodology and contributions inspired by the seminal work of Dr. William Stephenson. The conference programme will cover a range of disciplines and sectors and we invite presentations of recent or ongoing research using Q, or accounts of applying Q to aspects of teaching or professional practice.

In additional to presentations of research findings, we welcome submissions relating to (but not restricted to) the following themes:

- Q in your discipline such as health, education, nursing or political science;
- Q applied to a specific topic or location;
- the life and works of William Stephenson;
- creativity in Q sorting;
- use of Q in teaching, coaching and mentoring;
- commercial applications of Q;
- 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;
- use of Q in developing survey tools; the future of Q;
- Q's relationship with other methods and techniques;
- use of Q in programme evaluation and policy analysis;
- judgemental rotation;
- dilemmas in statement sampling;
- and literature reviews.

Poster Submission

A 200-300 word abstract of the proposed poster will need to be submitted by July 16th, 2011. All submissions will be handled online via the poster submission page. Once you have submitted an abstract, you will receive an email with a record ID # and password. You can use this information to view and update the abstract by going to the Abstract Login. Abstracts can be modified until the submission deadline.

Submission Types

Paper - these take the form of a 20 minute presentation to a paper session, with an opportunity to circulate a full paper. Papers are normally grouped into thematic sessions of 2-3 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 - these could take a number of forms such as a set of presentations on a particular theme, a roundtable discussion exploring an important debate, it could be classroom or computer lab based. If submitting a proposal for a panel session please list any confirmed contributors.

'Methods masterclass sessions' - these are a novel addition to the conference programme and offer a valuable opportunity for students using Q in their research to benefit from the thoughts of experienced colleagues. Students are invited to submit brief summaries of their research for inclusion in the new 'methods masterclass sessions'. Once accepted, students are expected to summit longer summary of approximately 4-5 pages for discussion by a panel of 'maestros', specially chosen distinguished panel of experts who can lend specific technical advice to the student in front of a small audience.

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 revised date of Friday 17th of June 2011.

If you would like to be a reviewer please fill out the Reviewer Request form. The deadline for requesting to become a reviewer is 16th May 2011. Confirmed reviewers will be sent a username and password to access the Reviewer Login page.


The Don Brenner Outstanding Paper Award is named in honor of ISSSS's first president. This award will be given annually at the ISSSS conference for a paper presented at the conference.

Submission process: At each conference of ISSSS, participants will be invited to submit a completed conference paper that has been written for their accepted ISSSS conference presentation. Hardcopies of papers must first be submitted at the conference by the author(s). A box will be available at the registration desk. Papers must include contact information including email of the author(s). Submitters will be requested to submit their paper electronically to the chair of the awards committee within one month post-conference. Electronic submissions must be the same as the hardcopy submitted at the conference.

Awards committee: The awards committee will consist of at least 3 members of ISSSS selected/approved by the ISSSS executive board. The committee will select a chair.

Award Criteria: The awards committee will review the electronic submissions and select the best paper. Priority will be given to those papers with a first author who is considered a "new" Q researcher in that they have been using Q for less than 10 years. In addition, the awards committee will give priority to those papers that focus on unique applications of Q or theoretical perspectives related to Q.

The Award: The award will consist of recognition at the next ISSSS conference accompanied by a certificate and monetary award.

Student Award Student submissions that result in the acceptance of a paper for presentation will be eligible for a student award provided they attend the conference and deliver their presentation.

Important Dates

February 12th, 2011 - Q Conference announced.
March 13th, 2011 - Reviewer request open.
March 13th, 2011 - Abstract submission open.