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Share your research to contribute to the Qualitative Research Symposium 2022

Submit a research abstract to be part of the Qualitative Research Symposium 2022.

Find out more about the Qualitative Research Symposium 2022

Researcher Vulnerability

We want you to submit a research abstract to contribute to the 7th Annual Qualitative Research Symposium.


The title of this year’s Qualitative Research Symposium is Research Vulnerability.

During this symposium, we will open discussions about how vulnerability is constructed, and what vulnerability looks and feels like for researchers, our research projects, and the methods we use.

Your research abstract

Your research abstract should focus on at least one of the symposium's three key themes.


Formations and conceptualisations of researcher vulnerability

This theme focuses on the diversity of forms of vulnerability amongst qualitative researchers (e.g., physical, social, psychological, cultural, political, financial, etc.) considerations may include:

  • How is vulnerability constructed within the development of, enacting of, or reflecting on qualitative research?
  • How do different constructs of vulnerability include or exclude the ways we think about ourselves in research?
  • How can reflexivity on vulnerability help to shape ways how research is organised?
  • In what ways could researcher vulnerability be (re)conceptualised and developed to advance the field of qualitative research?

Effects of vulnerability

This theme focuses on how vulnerability amongst researchers or in the researcher-participant relationship can impact upon the research process and the decisions we make, considerations may include:

  • How does researcher vulnerability reveal or illustrate itself in our writings?
  • How is researcher vulnerability related to quality, trustworthiness, or rigor of research?
  • In which stages of the research process might researcher vulnerability matter, and in what ways?
  • How do we prepare ourselves for, negotiate, and respond to our own vulnerability?
  • What outlets exist for exploring or own vulnerability?
  • How do we design more ethical projects based on recognition of researcher and participant vulnerability?

Methods of and for vulnerability

This focuses on methods and methodologies that can, should, or already attend to or incorporate researcher vulnerability into the research process, considerations may include:

  • How do we build researcher vulnerability into our project design?
  • What methods are available to us that directly explore this ethically, productively and politically (e.g., feminist sensibilities, postcolonial approaches, indigenous methodologies)?
  • How do we make vulnerability a productive component of qualitative research?
  • How does a focus on the vulnerability of the researcher ask us to reconsider our methods?

We encourage contributors to reflect on and consider their past, current, or future work in relation to the overarching theme of researcher vulnerability. Contributions across all academic disciplines are welcome, as are theoretically inspired, methodologically oriented, and empirically grounded inquiries that link to these overlapping themes.

Please contact us at QRSBath@bath.ac.uk with any questions about submitting your research abstract, or if you have a suggestion for a paper not directly focused on the symposium's themes.

How to submit your research abstract

You must submit your research abstract by Friday 5 November 2021.


Your abstract should be no longer than 350 words.

You must include:

  • Paper title
  • Author(s) and affiliated university or employer, and contact information
  • Symposium theme(s) to which paper relates

We will contact successful authors by Friday 19 November 2021.

If your research abstract is chosen, you will be asked to prepare a 15 to 20-minute presentation based on your research. Remote presentations and participation will be considered as necessary.

Are you interested?

Submit your research abstract

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If you have any questions about submitting your abstract or the symposium, please contact us.