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ICQRSEHS 2018 : 20th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Sport and Health Sciences

Venue: Lisbon, Portugal
Abstracts/Full-Text Paper Submission Deadline  2017-12-15 00:00:00
Notification of Acceptance  2017-12-25 00:00:00
Final Paper (Camera Ready) Submission &
Early Bird Registration Deadline
 2018-03-16 00:00:00
Conference Dates  April 16-17, 2018

The ICQRSEHS 2018: 20th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture
Sport History
Physical Education and Pedagogy
Sports Medicine
Sport Management and Policy
Sport Health and Fitness
Sport and Physical Activity
Sport Health
Sport Science
Sport and Health Criteria
Sports Nutrition
Sport Psychology
Sport Ethics
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Applied Practice
Sport Pedagogy
Sport Representation
Sport, Health and Exercise Science
Sport Policy
Sports and Health Nutrition Products
Qualitative Methods
International Science Index

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, Health Sciences

International Sport and Health Sciences Committee


ICQI Fourteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

May 16-19, 2018


The theme of  the 2018 Congress is “Qualitative  Inquiry  In Troubled Times.”  These are troubled times. The global right is on the rise,  north, south, east, west. It is  setting  the agenda for public discourse on the social good. In so doing it is narrowing   the spaces for civic  discourse. A rein of fear is on the rise. Repression is in the air: Brexit, the Trump presidency,  global protest. Dissent is silenced. The world is at war with itself. The moral and ethical foundations of democracy  are under assault. The politics may be local, but the power is global, the fear is visceral. We are global citizens trapped in a world we did not create, nor want any part of.

Public unions, education and civic, participatory social science are in jeopardy. Academics and pacifists critical of the public order risk being branded as traitors. Critical qualitative, interpretive research risks being stifled by federal administrators who define what constitutes acceptable science. Right-wing politicians silence criticism while implementing a “resurgent racism… [involving] punitive attacks on the  intellectuals, the  poor, urban youth, and people of color (Giroux, Henry. 2016.  “Donald Trump and the Plague  of Atomization in a Neoliberal Age.” Truthout. 8 August).

There has never been a greater need for a critical qualitative inquiry that matters, a discourse that pushes back. A discourse committed to a politics of resistance, a politics of possibility, a politics that dares to dream of social justice,  to dream  of equity, peace and a world without violence.

This it the calling of the 2018 Congress, can we collectively live our way through these troubled times, and push through into newly imagined utopian spaces. Can we train a new generation of engaged scholars and community leaders who will lead us into  these uncharted terrorities.

The  2018 Congress offers scholars the opportunity  to foreground, interrogate, imagine  and engage new ways of doing  critical qualitative inquiry in these troubling time.  Sessions will take up such topics as: redefinitions of the public university, neoliberal accountability metrics, attacks on freedom of speech, threats to shared governance, the politics of advocacy, value-free inquiry, partisanship, the politics of evidence, public policy discourse, indigenous  research ethics, decolonizing inquiry.

Scholars come to the Congress to resist, to celebrate community, to experiment with traditional and new methodologies, with new technologies of representation. Together we seek to develop guidelines and exemplars concerning advocacy, inquiry and social justice concerns. We share a commitment to change the world, to engage in ethical work that makes a positive difference. As critical scholars our task is to bring the past and the future into the present, allowing us to engage realistic utopian pedagogies of hope.

Scholars from around the world have accepted the challenge to gather together in common purpose to collectively imagine creative and critical responses to a global community in crisis. The Fourteenth  International Congress offers us an opportunity to experiment, take risks, explore new presentational forms, share experiences, problems and hopes concerning the conduct of critical qualitative inquiry in this time of global uncertainty.


Seduction and desire: the power of spectacle

Bronwyn Davies., University of Melbourne and Western Sidney University

Since January 2017 we have been witness to an extraordinary spectacle. Courtesy of the e-media we can get up each morning to gaze aghast at the latest episode of a drama we have fast become addicted to — America’s “very big” real life reality tv show. Such spectacles, in their capacity to engage avid, global attention, work on us all, in ways we are not necessarily conscious of. There is a dynamic at work in this spectacle that is, I will suggest, the culmination of neoliberal ideology and practice, and is made possible by the global explosion of internet usage. The task for qualitative researchers, I will argue, is to bring concepts to bear on the micro and macro elements of the spectacle, to make sense of how January 2017 and its aftermath became possible; and to produce an insightful analysis of the lines of force at work shaping and produced by the spectacle. Never have we had such rich data to work with! The video clips of Trump, and of his Greek chorus cheering him on; his tweets; the protesters; the comedians; the political activists; the judges; the journalists of the alt-right and those holding the ground of critique. Our job as social scientists is to pry open the dynamics of the spectacle to discover how they work—and how to deconstruct them. In this paper I will mobilise Baudrillard’s concepts of seduction and desire to see how they might be put to work in such an analysis.

Stitching Tattered Cloth: Reflections on Social Justice and Qualitative Inquiry in Turbulent Contexts

Karen Staller, University of Michigan

Chaos, it appears, is the order of the day.  Democratic practices, principles, and institutions are under attack. Freedoms of religion, movement, assembly, and speech are being threatened. Hostilities, fears, and suspicions of “others” are being stoked based on differences by nativity, ethnicity, race, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability status.  Political and social battlefronts have sprouted everywhere: borders and bathrooms, coastlines and clinics, embassies and airports, sacred lands and sanctuary cities. All seem to require immediate attention. We are facing troubled times, giving rise to questions about the role of qualitative inquiry in these turbulent contexts.

Historically, qualitative researchers have asked questions about the politics of evidence; but what does that look like in an era of “alternative facts” and “fake news”?  We have resisted the ‘audit culture’ in the academy, but what happens when the academy itself is under attack?  We have asked whose interpretation or narrative counts; but how do we honor local and situated knowledge when those views may deeply offend our own sensibilities and appear threatening to human rights?  We have advocated community engagement but what is the role of action-based and participatory methodologies, where action is being called for on both sides of ideological battle lines?  Is it possible to ‘give voice’ to others and take action in a world comprised of political camps informed by fundamentally incompatible views of reality? In general, we have used qualitative inquiry to expose fault lines and resist oppressions but have we done enough to bridge differences, to find common ground, or to stitch seams along frayed edges?

This keynote will be based on a year long project musing about the role of qualitative inquiry in turbulent times. Using critical inquiry and social work values this keynote will be pieced together from scraps gathered in a diary of field notes reflecting on conversations in classrooms, on campuses, at community forums, between protesters, over email, through tweets, or derived from news accounts, political cartoons, or other threads of qualitative evidence.

For over a decade the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry has incubated ideas and conversations in a cozy cocoon. More than ever before the time feels right to reflect on its significance as an organizing space for global advocacy and as a collective force for infusing a more hopeful, compassionate, and forgiving worldview by inviting all those who share similar values and principles to join the movement.

We shall not cease from exploration/ And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time (T. S. Elliot,  No 4 of  Four Quartets,  1942).

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Call for Papers - 7th Ethnography and Qualitative Research Conference (Bergamo, June 6-9, 2018) - The Intimate Life of Power

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Type: Call for Papers
Date: January 16, 2018
Location: Italy
Subject Fields: Sociology, Social Sciences, Anthropology

Call for Papers

The Intimate Life of Power

A particular asymmetry is active within the social sciences: one that derives from favoring even the microscopic knowledge of subaltern experiences and, to a lesser degree, that of the middle classes, while neglecting to steer this “will to know” with same intensity and frequency in the direction of the upper classes. This is certainly an effect of the secretive nature of power, which speaks predominantly through its acts, rituals and “controlled” representations (those, for example, today offered on social networks for the benefit of the poor’s “voyeurism”), and hides itself when viewed too closely by outsiders. However, despite some significant exceptions, the social sciences did not generally apply towards the powerful the same methodological imagination utilized to observe poor and deviants. The effects violated the aura of untouchability and danger of this latter group, but confirmed the implicit nature of the order governing social relations, including those linking researchers to their human objects/subjects.

Thus, what about the intimate life of power? And what about the modes of production and reproduction of a class ideology that passes through the socialization or attendance of homogeneous and exclusive circles (from school to work, and mundane events)? Yet, what about the common sense – if this ever existed – emerging from a daily life characterized not only by ease, but also by the possible coexistence of different senses of responsibility? Also, what are the specific cultural elements of the powerful classes that compose those economic and political decision-making processes capable of generating dramatic effects for the lower sphere of the workers or the populations subject to these decisions? How are the forms of distinction that typically separate the upper segments of society from the rest of the social body reproduced, extended or virtually annulled? And how do the plurality of class identities (inadequacy, natural reluctance, or the frantic need to exhibit new status) coexist – especially in the case of parvenu and latecomers – accompanying the lives of those who have come late to power or to wealth?

The present call for papers solicits either ethnographic or qualitative contributions that deal with the theme of the intimate life of power, highlighting aspects related to everyday life as well as the ideology of the upper classes (e.g., managers, political bankers, entrepreneurs, heirs, new rich and influencers) caught in the system of relations within their group as well as in the “interplay” that opposes, resembles and overlaps other classes for varied purposes – linked to domination or “existential” needs. Methodological contributions, based both on primary research accounts and secondary data, that reflect on the problems of access to social spheres characterized by asymmetries working against researchers, are also encouraged.

Deadline and submissions:

Authors interested in this initiative should submit an abstract (1,000 words) by January 15, 2018 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pietro Saitta (University of Messina)

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24th World Congress of Philosophy
Date: August 13 (Monday) - August 20 (Monday) 2018

Venue:  Peking University, Beijing, P.R.China

Organizers:  International Federation of Philosophical Societies

Host:  Chinese Organizing Committee of WCP 2018

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The World Congress of Philosophy is organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) in collaboration with one of its member societies. The XXIV World Congress will be held in Beijing, China, from August 13 to August 20, 2018, under the auspices of the Chinese Organizing Committee. The complementary aims of the 2018 Congress include an emphasis on exploring dimensions of the human and inquiring into the challenges facing humanity:

A) To globalize philosophical investigations to encompass the diverse forms of philosophizing by past and present thinkers across cultures, with special attention to critical reflections on philosophy itself and the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world.

B) To open the philosophical area to enable philosophers to address emerging global issues through fruitful interactions with other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with other activities in economic, social, political, and religious spheres, as well as with diverse cultures and traditions.

C) To encourage philosophical reflections to become public discourses on recurrent human concerns, such as ecology, justice, and peace.

ICFPP 2018: 20th International Conference on Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology

Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 14 - 15, 2018


This conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology.

Call for Contributions

All honorable authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts, papers and e-posters. Also, high quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology are cordially invited for presentation at the conference. The conference solicits contributions of abstracts, papers and e-posters that address themes and topics of the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research materials.WASET

Conference Proceedings

All submitted conference papers will be blind peer reviewed by three competent reviewers. The post conference proceedings will be abstracted and indexed in the International Science Index , and submitted to be indexed in the Google Scholar, Scopus and Thomson Reuters. The conference abstracts and proceedings book, CD and certificate of presentation will be distributed to participants at the conference registration desk.

Special Journal Issues

ICFPP 2018 has teamed up with the Special Journal Issue on Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology. A number of selected high-impact full text papers will also be considered for the special journal issues. All submitted papers will have the opportunity to be considered for this Special Journal Issue. The paper selection will be carried out during the peer review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must not be under consideration by any other journal or publication. The final decision for paper selection will be made based on peer review reports by the Guest Editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly. Selected full-text papers will be published online free of charge.

Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

The Conference offers the opportunity to become a conference sponsor or exhibitor. To participate as a sponsor or exhibitor, please download and complete the Conference Sponsorship Request Form.

Important Dates

Abstracts/Full-Text Paper Submission Deadline October 20, 2017
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection November 30, 2017
Final Paper (Camera Ready) Submission & Early Bird Registration Deadline December 8, 2017
Conference Dates September 14 - 15, 2018

Important Notes

Please ensure your submission meets WASET's strict guidelines for accepting academic papers. Downloadable versions of the check list for Full-Text Papers and Abstract Papers.

Please refer to the Paper Submission GUIDE before submitting your paper.

Selected Conference Papers

1) Digitization of European SMEs in Tourism and Hospitality: The Case of Greek Hoteliers - By Joanna K. Konstantinou
2) Relationships among Tourists’ Needs for Uniqueness, Perceived Authenticity and Behavioral Intentions - By Deniz Karagöz Yüncü
3) True Detective as a Southern Gothic: A Study of Its Music-Lyrics - By Divya Sharma
4) Music in the Early Stages of Life: Considerations from Working with Groups of Mothers and Babies - By Ana Paula Melchiors Stahlschmidt
5) The Lexical Eidos as an Invariant of a Polysemantic Word - By S. Pesina, T. Solonchak
6) The Sign in the Communication Process - By S. Pesina, T. Solonchak
7) The Role of Identifications in Women Psychopathology - By Mary Gouva, Elena Dragioti, Evangelia Kotrsotsiou
8) Conflict, Confusion, Choice: A Phenomenological Approach to Acts of Corruption - By Yvonne T. Haigh
9) How Does Psychoanalysis Help in Reconstructing Political Thought? An Exercise of Interpretation - By Subramaniam Chandran
10) A Critical Approach to Modern Conception in the Context of Objectivity and Quantitative Method - By Sergun Kurtoglu
11) The Epistemological Crisis in the Theory of Vittorio Guidano - By Mauricio Otaíza Morales

OPO 6 Conference
Memphis, TN
January 3-6, 2019

Phenomenology and Practical Life

Edmund Husserl 1910sFrom the outset, the founder of the phenomenological movement, Edmund Husserl, stressed the practical import of phenomenology as a method and as a philosophical approach. In fact, by the time of the Kaizo articles from the early 20's, Husserl had come to see the phenomenological method as a unique opportunity for ethical renewal in Europe and around the globe. However, the major works published during his own life-time gave rise to the impression that Husserl himself remained too caught up in the models of the natural and formal theoretical sciences to be able to address practical life adequately. Subsequent figures who counted themselves as phenomenologists and other figures influenced by phenomenology each proposed to correct this deficit in his or her own way: Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, de Beauvoir, or Sarte, to name just a few. In the meantime, we now know that this impression of Husserl himself was incomplete, as the publication of his Ideas II, the Fichte lectures, the full versions of the Kaizo lectures, two volumes of his lectures on ethics, and the research manuscripts on the life-world have amply shown.

This global conference will especially welcome papers on practical life, its evaluative, social, historical and ethical dimensions both in light of the various approaches and manuscripts from what is now the history of phenomenology as one of the leading philosophical movements of 20th and 21st century philosophy, and on systematic issues related to those topics from a systematic perspective informed by phenomenological methods and insights as well.

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