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McMaster to Host 34th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference

May 17-19, 2017 - Registration now open.

Mar 04, 2017

May 17-19, 2017 the Faculty of Social Sciences will host the 34thQualitative Analysis Conference (QAC) as the conference returns to where it first started in 1983. The conference is internationally recognized for spotlighting cutting edge and interdisciplinary research and has drawn close to 200 papers from researchers from over 18 countries representing over 40 disciplines.

This year’s theme “The "Glorious Triumph" of Symbolic Interactionism: Honouring the Past/Forging the Future”, reflects on the contributions that interpretive theories , especially symbolic interactionism, have made to the development of qualitative research methods and on the importance of linking theory and methods in qualitative research.

Some 28 presenters from across seven different McMaster University Departments, Schools and Institutes will participate in the conference. Featured presentations include Through Thick and Thin: On Ethnographic Explanatory Critique presented by Sam Hillyard, Reader in Sociology at Durham University, UK and a keynote lecture, After Terrorism, delivered by David Altheide, Regents’ Professor Emeritus on the faculty of Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University

The conference, funded in part by a SSHRC Connection grant, runs at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel in Hamilton, May 17-19, 2017. Day passes are available for people who are interested in attending select sessions or talks, and undergraduate students can attend for free. Please visit  for registration and program details.