SSHRC awards Connection Grant to Dr. Steven Kleinknecht, Department of Sociology

News Release
April 14, 2014

London, ON – The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has awarded a 2014 Connection Grant to Dr. Steven Kleinknecht, Associate Professor in Sociology at Brescia University College.

The SSHRC Connection Grant will support a conference in qualitative research hosted by Brescia University College. The 31st Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, commonly referred to as “The Qualitatives,” will explore the social construction of boundaries and features over 200 researchers and speakers from around the globe. Team members on the grant include Dr. Carrie Sanders (Criminology), Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Antony Puddephatt (Sociology), Lakehead University, and Ms. Lisa-Jo van den Scott (Sociology), Northwestern University. The Qualitatives has a well-established reputation for bringing novice and senior scholars together to explore critical issues in qualitative research.

The concept of boundary will take centre stage at this year’s conference. The organizers selected it as the conference theme based on its power as a social construct in people’s everyday lives and the theoretical utility it serves researchers in their studies. Presenters will reflect on how notions of the boundary continue to inspire our analytical imaginations.

The Qualitatives is well regarded as being innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. Over 50 disciplines such as Education, Health, Women’s Studies, Music, Political Science, Psychiatry, Literacy Studies, and Sociology will be represented at the conference. Participants will be coming from across Canada and the United States, as well as from countries such as Australia, Germany, Tunisia, South Africa, England, Israel, Poland, and Brazil. A special journal issue on boundaries will be published by the Qualitative Sociology Review.  Journal editors from Qualitative Sociology ReviewSymbolic InteractionJournal of Contemporary EthnographyJournal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, and Crime, Media, Culture will form a panel for an Editors’ Roundtable offering insight into the publishing process. This year’s conference will also feature a series of sessions devoted specifically to undergraduate student research.

Providing this year’s Keynote Address will be Dr. Joan Fujimura, Department of Sociology, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be joined by Featured Speakers, Drs. Michael Atkinson (University of Toronto), Jeff Ferrell (Texas Christian University), Staci Newmahr (Buffalo State College), and Juha Tuunainen (University of Helsinki). The conference will be held at Brescia University College, June 25-27, 2014. For more information, including registration details, see The Qualitatives 2014 Conference website:


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