Call for Presentations: “Enriching Qualitative Inquiry in Health” at University College of London

We invite abstracts for the UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2015 “Enriching Qualitative Inquiry in Health” which will take place on Wednesday, 18th February, 2015.

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 1st December, 2014.

“Enriching Qualitative Inquiry in Health”

UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2015: Call for abstracts Interest is growing in qualitative approaches to health research. This is a welcome endorsement of its contributions. However, there may be tensions between the philosophies and practices of qualitative approaches, and those of a prevailing, quantitatively-oriented health research culture. Some projects navigate the terrain well, while others leave qualitative researchers discouraged around the pursuits of applicability, value, and relevance.

Qualitative research groups at UCL’s Department of Applied Health Research, the Health Behaviour Research Centre (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) and the Division of Psychiatry hold regular meetings to grapple with these issues. Building on the success of a jointly hosted 2013 symposium, we are organising a second symposium to:

(1) Examine work that recognises the value of qualitative perspectives, approaches, and methods for the study of health, illness, and care

(2) Foster critical thinking around the limitations, obstacles, and challenges in fulfilling its potential

(3) Work towards conceptualising an enriched landscape for qualitative research on health, illness, and care.


While not limited to the following topics, we are particularly interested in reflections on:

*         Ways that researchers navigate, consider, and apply qualitative approaches

*         Insights qualitative approaches have brought to research on health, illness, and care

*         Challenges advancing qualitative perspectives within academia, and between academic and   non-academic settings

*         Enriching qualitative contributions by drawing on new concepts and methods

*         Expanding the contributions of qualitative approaches to healthcare policy and practice

We invite abstract submissions from any discipline. Submissions should include an abstract (maximum 350 words), affiliation, and full contact information. The deadline is Monday 1 December, 2014. Please submit abstracts to Ms Yana Kitova at and include “Qualitative symposium 2015 abstract submission” in the subject header. Submissions will be considered for oral and poster presentations. For more information on the conference or questions about submitting an abstract, please contact Dr Lesley McGregor, at or Mr Henry Llewellyn at

Exact time, location, and registration opportunities to be circulated in December.

Call for Papers: Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture

The Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, April 23-25, 2015. SSPC is also accepting paper submissions for the Charles Hughes and John Spiegel Fellowships for trainees in social and clinical sciences. Deadlines for abstracts and fellowship applications are September 15, 2015.

Full details for submission are included in the attached “Call for Papers” and “Call for Fellows.”

Conference Themes

We especially encourage interactive workshop submissions focused on the five conference themes in culture and global mental health.

  1. Origins and transformations of knowledge and practice in global mental health
  1. Human rights, ethics, politics, and policy
  1. Social determinants of mental health and health care
  1. Intervention development and cultural adaptation
  1. Scaling-up, implementation, and knowledge dissemination


In addition, there are cross-cutting issues that may play a part in each of the above:

  • Knowledge transfer between and among low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and high-income countries (HIC)


  • Stigma

         Populations and predicaments

For additional conference or SSPC information, please contact Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Chairman of the Program Committee, at, or Liz Kramer, Executive Director, at For information on trainee fellowships, please contact Brandon Kohrt at

SSPC2015_Call for Hughes and Spiegel Fellows