Brescia to host 31st Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference for Academics

News Release
June 24, 2014

London, ON – Brescia University College will welcome over 200 academics from around the world when it hosts the 31st Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference from Wednesday, June 25 until Friday, June 27. The theme of the conference this year is “The Social Construction of Boundaries: Creating, Maintaining, Transcending, and Reconstructing Boundaries.” The three-day event will welcome academics from around the world, including Dr. Joan Fujimura, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will be presenting the Keynote Address on Thursday, June 26. The annual conference, which first began in 1984 at St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo, focuses on various aspects of qualitative research and provides expert and novice researchers in the field a chance to submit their own research for presentation and discussion.

Dr. Steve Kleinknecht is an Associate Professor at Brescia, in the Division of Sociology and Family Studies, and is a member of the Conference Organizing Committee this year. Dr. Kleinknecht has helped to organize the conference over the past 10 years, and explains, “I’m excited and proud to be bringing the Qualitatives to Brescia. Both Brescia and the Qualitatives offer a small, intimate atmosphere and a great community feel. It’s an ideal pairing.” Other featured speakers, who will be attending, include: Michael Atkinson, from the University of Toronto; Jeff Ferrell, from Texas Christian University; Staci Newmahr, from Buffalo State College; and Juha Tuunainen, from the University of Helsinki. The conference will also include an Editors’ Roundtable where journal editors from Qualitative Sociology ReviewSymbolic InteractionJournal of Contemporary EthnographyJournal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Crime, Media, Culture will discuss the ins and outs of publishing scholarly articles.

This year’s conference has added a new series of sessions devoted specifically to undergraduate research, providing an opportunity for students and faculty to interact, something that Kleinknecht says is so important. “I can’t think of a better way of fostering our students’ interest in qualitative research and scholarly activity beyond the classroom. One of my students, Jennifer Hounsell, has been assisting me with planning since last June, and has been invaluable to the success of this year’s event. Natalie Adamyk, Lesley Bikos, Jennifer Vale, and Tess Widdifield—current and graduating students from Brescia—are also helping prepare materials and will assist during the conference. It’s a great opportunity for my sociology students to participate in and organize an academic conference.”

The conference begins on Wednesday, June 25, with registration opening at 8:00 a.m. and wraps up on Friday, June 27. For conference details, visit or contact

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