20th Annual Midwest Qualitative Research Conference

Date:  Thursday, October 23 & Friday, October 24, 2014October 23, 2014
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Oct. 23); 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Oct. 24)
Location:  University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Map and driving directions.

Event Contact: 
Aneisha Tucker
Registration costs and details are listed below.


The Midwest Qualitative Research Conference showcases scholarly investigations that use qualitative methodologies to understand all aspects of the human experience.


This year's theme is Reclaiming Practical Wisdom in Qualitative Inquiry: Imagining Possibilities in Researching Professional Practices. The keynote will be given by Dr. Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University-Canada.

Download the MQRC 2014 Conference Program


Registration & Cost Details

Online registration is now closed for this conference. Same day registration will be available at the registration table located in Terrence Murphy Hall.

No refund will be issued for cancellations or no-shows for the conference.


About the Conference Theme

Reclaiming Practical Wisdom in Qualitative Inquiry: Imagining Possibilities in Researching Professional Practices

For more than two centuries, value-rationality has increasingly given way to instrumentalist rationality, with significant implications for professional and research practices. Although Donald Schon drew attention to a ‘crisis’ in professional knowledge in the 1980s, by all accounts this crisis has only continued to grow.

The case is made that something of fundamental importance—of moral significance—is missing in the vision of what it means to be a professional, and in the ensuing research aims. But what is this elusive dimension? Can it be articulated?

This address imagines possibilities in reclaiming practical wisdom (or what Aristotle called phronesis) in qualitative inquiry, particularly with respect to research aimed at generating knowledge relevant for professional practice. Practical wisdom implies ethics, deliberation based on values, practical judgment, reflection, and more. What might taking it seriously offer to qualitative inquiry, to researching professional practices, and to generating professional knowledge?


About the Conference Speaker

‌‌Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, PhD
Associate Professor, Western University – Canada 

Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University-Canada. Dr. Kinsella is interested in how practitioners negotiate the tensions between theory and practice and how knowledge is generated through professional practice - what Schön calls epistemologies of practice. She studies the ways in which reflection is enacted in professional life to discern action, to foster knowledge development and exchange, to inform ethical practice, and to promote social justice. 

Dr. Kinsella is engaged in theoretical work that contributes to conceptualizations of reflection, reflective practice, reflexivity and the cultivation of professional knowledge. Her work also considers how the humanities (i.e. aesthetic, metaphoric, and narrative approaches) can foster reflection and contribute to social awareness and an ethic of care. Recent publications include an edited collection on Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions, and a series of papers on epistemologies of practice in the professions.  She teaches philosophical foundations of qualitative research and is interested in practice-based epistemologies, and theoretical perspectives informing interpretive and critical research.

Dr. Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, keynote speaker at the 20th Annual MQRC conference. 


View clips from the 2013 Conference featuring Dr. Victor Rios

Interactions between Authority Figures and Latino Youth

Tyrell's Too Tall - An Example of Profiling Youth

The Youth Control Complex

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