TQR2014 Conference Theme:
Qualitative Research Artistry and Craft
At TQR2014, we explored the artistry of qualitative research as a craft and the crafting of artful qualitative research. We heard stories of the aesthetics, poetics, pragmatics, and ethics of qualitative inquiry as a creative, performative act produced through our honed skills and hard work, as well as tales how educators, supervisors, and mentors facilitate and support learning qualitative research craft. We learned how qualitative researchers draw upon the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions to conceptualize and to realize their work as art. We were intrigued to see presenters sharing innovations in visualization and presentation.
We heard from students and researchers new to qualitative research making their first discoveries about their craft and themselves. We also enjoyed hearing experienced researchers sharing their "origin" stories as well as accounts of experienced researchers experiencing something new in their evolving research work.
We celebrated Qualitative Research Artistry and Craft encouraged by our presenters whose paper and paper panel proposals inspired us as conference attendees to consider qualitative researchers' creativity in all forms and variations. In addition we enjoyed presentations on the application of new technologies in the practice and performance of qualitative research. As always, we were intrigued by the creative presentation forms and content.