International Committee

Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology International Committee

Background

The ambition of SQIP is to develop and enrich a culture of qualitative inquiry in psychology by providing qualitative researchers, scholars, and practitioners with an intellectual home for reflection, exchange and debate, with a potential to stimulate innovation and emergent collaboration. As qualitative psychologists, we are often familiar with stepping beyond traditional methodological parameters and questioning the validity of traditional (dominant) psychological knowledge, which is largely derived through the activities of White Western Male researchers on White Western populations. SQIP values diverse forms of knowledge production, it is curious about lesser used and emerging qualitative psychology methods and methodologies, and it is concerned to reflect and represent researchers in qualitative psychology wherever they are in the world, including indigenous methodologies, and other historically marginalized epistemological approaches that challenge the colonial and post-colonial residues in current methodological cannons. Currently the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology has registered international members located over four continents including North America, Oceania, Asia, and Europe. Through the introduction of the SQIP International Committee we will seek to increase our visibility with our international colleagues, and foster strong relationships both with individual researchers and scholars, and other representative bodies around the world.

Mission

The aims of the International Committee are to promote SQIP amongst psychologists who have an affinity for qualitative inquiry across all continents; work to increase the appeal and relevance of SQIP to an international audience; encourage international qualitative researchers to join the SQIP community, and facilitate exchanges and collaborations that foster an inclusive and vibrant culture of qualitative inquiry. Primary objectives are to:

  • Work to ensure that international research and communities are represented at the SQIP annual conference via individual presentations and collaborative symposia
  • Build knowledge and understanding about new and lesser known qualitative methodologies and methods used in differing geographical and cultural contexts
  • Build a space where members can collectively learn about indigenous and other historically marginalized epistemologies and methodologies such as epistemologies of the South and decolonizing methodologies.
  • Build the capacity to take up the next generation of critical issues facing qualitative inquiry as we work cross issues of translation and transferability in a global context.
  • Build knowledge and understanding of major domains of research interests in differing geographical and cultural contexts
  • Build knowledge and understanding of prominent issues in professional practice in differing geographical and cultural contexts
  • Provide a forum for the growth of an international network of qualitative psychologists
  • Provide access to a range of international information and resources

Proposed Governance and Committee Structure

The SQIP International Committee will work under the governance of the SQIP Executive Committee. It will work closely with the SQIP EC especially through the EC Liaison for the International Committee, to ensure its structures and systems of organization are aligned with wider committee structures and that the aims and objectives of the International committee contribute to the wider SQIP agenda.

In order to properly understand and reflect international SQIP membership and to meet our objectives we propose that the International committee should strive to appoint at least one member from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America and South America. The overall committee will consist of Committee Chairperson; Committee Secretary; and Committee Members. We will initially invite existing international SQIP members to self-nominate to join the committee. In this manner we will appoint up to a maximum of 2 committee members per country. We will then look beyond existing SQIP members to extend the committee until we have representation across all continents. We have a particular ambition to convene a diverse committee that includes representation of researchers and scholars from differing international indigenous communities.

In order to establish the committee, we propose that committee membership will last for 3 years. The inaugural Chairperson and Secretary will maintain these roles for at least 2 years and for a maximum of 3 years to ensure the committee becomes established. After this point we will seek annual nominations from members for the positons of Chairperson and Secretary and these posts will be held for a one year term. All committee members will have voting rights for selecting the Chair and the Secretary. As the committee grows we will work with all members to identify any additional international committee roles which might improve the work of the committee. Again, all members will have voting rights on any changes to the structure of the committee. To ensure smooth flow of information between the SQIP EC and the International committee we propose that there must always be at least one member of the International committee acting as a liaison member to the SQIP EC .The International Committee will always cede to the requests of the Executive Committee regarding matters of structure and governance.

Committee member expectations:

  • Committee members will liaise to explore and make collaborative decisions about potential international contributions to the annual conference and support/contribute to submissions for consideration by the conference organizing committee
  • Committee members will promote the work of SQIP amongst, and facilitate mutual exchanges with, their international communities.
  • Committee members will share knowledge within SQIP about developments and current issues in qualitative methodologies/methods, and practice from their international vantage
  • Committee members will act as liaisons with relevant qualitative psychology organisations and/or professional bodies in their own countries (where possible) in order to build international networks
  • Committee members will contribute to build a knowledge base and resources about the practice of qualitative inquiry across the globe and make them available to the SQIP community.