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SQIP 2023 Conference: Program Now Available!

Program Now Available: SQIP 2023 Conference

Annual Meeting of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology: “Using Qualitative Methods to Address Issues of Pressing Social Importance”

June 29-30, 2023

University of California, Santa Cruz, California, USA

We are pleased to inform you that registration is now officially open for the 2023 SQIP Conference in Santa Cruz! All applicants have now been notified about the status of their submitted proposals. If you have not received word about the status of your proposal, please check your junk folder or contact


For the first time since 2019, the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) is thrilled to resume its tradition of an annual IN-PERSON gathering to connect with one another and gain inspiration for our work. And for the first time in the organization’s history, we will convene on the WEST COAST of the United States in Santa Cruz, California. Mindful of the challenging times in which we live and work, as well as the longstanding commitment of the host institution to social issues, our program will center the use of qualitative methods to address issues of pressing social importance.


We invite submissions of scholarly work that showcases the use and value of qualitative inquiry in psychology. Although we especially encourage submissions that focus on topics or issues of pressing social importance, other topics will be given full consideration The following types of submissions are welcome:

  1. Symposia: Topical symposia featuring up to 3 papers and a discussant may be proposed.

  2. Individual Papers: Individual papers may be submitted and will be grouped thematically by the conference committee.

  3. Posters: Interactive poster sessions will be organized thematically by the conference committee.

  4. Topic Suggestions for Redwood Walks & Gatherings: In addition to paper presentations and interactive poster sessions, we will organize walks or gatherings among the redwoods in groups of 5-10 based on common interests, which might include any topics of relevance to specific methods, social issue goals of the research, or topics studied by other qualitative psychologists. We welcome suggestions for topics as part of the call for submissions.


The conference will be held on Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30, 2023, with a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, June 28. Registration packages include up to 3 nights of housing (including meals and parking) on the UC Santa Cruz campus—one of the most spectacular college campuses in the world. For those already having local accommodations, there is a registration option which includes meals and parking.

Santa Cruz is a popular summer destination located on the north central coast of California, 70 miles south of San Francisco. The closest and most convenient airports are San Jose (SJC), which is 34 miles (~45min drive), and San Francisco (SFO), which is 62 miles (~1hr 10min drive). We encourage you to extend your stay to take advantage of the tourism opportunities in Santa Cruz (including the famous and historic Beach Boardwalk), Monterey (including the Monterey Bay Aquarium), and San Francisco.

The University of California, Santa Cruz holds a special place in the history of qualitative inquiry in psychology. Established in 1965 as a unique institution of creative and critical scholarship, UC Santa Cruz has long supported and promoted qualitative methods and a more critical approach to psychological research in the public interest. It is considered one of the birthplaces of narrative psychology, having been the home department of Ted Sarbin. The department continues the legacy of centering qualitative inquiry, with its Narrative Identity Research Group.

The campus of UC Santa Cruz is also unique in its physical layout. Resembling more a national park than a traditional university campus, it is set among towering redwoods and vast meadows overlooking Monterey Bay. 


Our meeting will take advantage of the natural setting of UC Santa Cruz in several ways uncommon for academic conferences:

  1. All-Inclusive Housing and Meal Packages: Housing and all meals will be provided at an affordable rate. Housing facilities include private bedrooms in apartments, conveniently located in buildings adjacent to where we will eat and meet each day.

  2. Redwood Walks and Gatherings: In addition to paper presentations and interactive poster sessions, we will organize walks or gatherings among the redwoods in groups of up to 10 based on common interests, which might include any topics of relevance to specific methods, social issue goals of the research, or topics studied by other qualitative psychologists.

  3. Live-Streamed Keynotes: Keynotes from distinguished scholars who use qualitative methods to address pressing social problems will be live-streamed for participation across the globe.

  4. Pre-Conference Workshop: Community-Engaged Research: A pre-conference workshop on community-engaged research, with a focus on participatory action research (PAR) for scholars new to this approach.


Michelle Fine is Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Urban Education, Social Welfare, & Women and Gender Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is a founding member of the Public Science Project and Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of South Africa. Her research centers theoretically and epistemically on questions of justice and dignity, privilege and oppression, and how solidarities emerge.

Aida Hurtado is Distinguished Professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair as well as Department Chair in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on equity issues in education for Chicanas/os, Chicana feminist theory, media representations of Latinos and other ethnic and racial groups, and social identity.


“Community-Engaged Research” facilitated by Regina Langhout & Saskias Casanova at UC Santa Cruz

In this workshop, participants will collectively decide which areas of participatory action research they would like to learn more about (we will likely have time for 2-3 modules). Modules include, but are not limited to:

  1. PAR as a PARADIGM, not a METHOD;



  4. ETHICS;





  1. Registration – Professional: $250 (includes meals, parking, reception) $50 discount code for members

  2. Registration – Student: $100 (includes meals, parking, reception) $50 discount code for members

  3. Pre-conference workshop – Professional: $75

  4. Pre-conference workshop – Student: $25

  5. Lodging: $139/night (includes private bedroom in on-campus apartment, located across from meeting spaces)



University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95604

Getting here

San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC) – 34 miles from campus

Car: 45 minutes

Lyft/Uber: $60

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 62 miles from campus

Car: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Lyft/Uber: $100

Please see the following guides for shuttle and public transit options from both airports:

Things to Do


Grateful Dead Archives

Lower level of McHenry Library (hours vary)

UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Mystery Spot

A Santa Cruz institution featuring gravitational anomalies.

Bigfoot Discovery Museum

Call beforehand to make sure they are open

West Cliff

A beautiful, paved path overlooking the ocean. Along the way you can also find:

Steamer Lane Supply

Coffee shop

Santa Cruz Boardwalk


Shops and restaurants

Natural Bridges State Park

Beautiful rock formations along the beach

Henry Cowell State Park

Hiking among the redwoods

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