• Simon Buckingham-ShumUniversity of Technology, Sydney
  • Karin FreyUniversity of Washington
  • David Williamson ShafferUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison

Workshop Description

The purpose of the ICQE Early Career Workshop is to provide a high-quality learning and networking opportunity for early career researchers doing work related to quantitative ethnography. Within the workshop, participants will share their research with their peers and an international panel of faculty serving as mentors. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry and scholarly discourse to improve their research and to build a career as a scholar using quantitative ethnography and advance their understanding of the field. The Early Career Workshop is open to scholars within 5 years of completing their PhD. Early Career Scholars will be chosen through a competitive application process for participation.

Objectives and Design

The workshop aims at supporting participants in:

  • Defining innovative and productive programs of research that lead toward an impactful record of inquiry;
  • Focusing learning on high-yield professional activities such as grant-writing, peer editing, and building a publishing trajectory;
  • Supporting strong data analysis skills and evidence-based arguments in their research projects;
  • Addressing issues of using cutting-edge methods in scholarship; and
  • Expanding the professional networks of workshop participants through interactions with other early career scholars, mentors, and journal editors

ECW sessions will occur before the conference on Saturday, October 19 and after the conference on Tuesday, October 22. First, participants will meet before the conference to present their research projects and engage in discussions with other members on specific aspects of their work. On the last day of the conference, participants will meet again to engage with common issues and themes identified during the conference, including theoretical models, research design and questions, pedagogy and technology, data collection, methods of analysis, etc. and how these issues may or may not relate to their work. During both days of the consortium, participants will receive support from expert mentors to engage in further inquiry and discussion.

Who Should Apply

The ECW is open to scholars within 5 years since completing their PhD at the time of application submission. Scholars with prior involvement in quantitative ethnographic research are encouraged to apply, but all applications will be considered. Participation is open to early career researchers in universities, non-profit organizations, museums, and other learning-oriented organizations.

How to Apply

Each proposal should contain the following within one document in the following order, and be submitted through the ICQE 2019 Conference System.

  1. A cover sheet with your name, title of your main research project, your institution, your personal webpage, your e-mail address, and your mailing address.
  2. A 1-page personal statement that includes: (a) your research and/or specialization; (b) current status of your career; (c) your career objectives; (d) why you want to participate in the early career workshop; (e) what specific issues or challenges with your research and career you would like to explore further in the workshop (You do not necessarily need these as headings, as long as the issues are addressed).
  3. A 2-page summary of your research including tables, figures and references using the ICQE submissions template (Click here to access the template). The summary should include the following: (a) Abstract; (b) Goals of the research; (c) Background of the project; (d) Methodology; (e) Preliminary or expected findings; (f) expected contributions. Submissions should be written in English. If accepted, you will be asked to revise your submission upon feedback from the reviewers before it is published in the conference proceedings.
  4. Your current CV.

Participants for the Early Career Workshop will be selected on the basis of the academic quality of their proposal; relevance and potential contribution to the researcher and to the field of quantitative ethnography; and their anticipated contribution to the workshop goals. The proposals will be reviewed by at least two international experts in the field. Emphasis will be placed on forming diverse groups of participants whose research career is at a stage that can best benefit from the workshop and who reflect individual excellence, interesting projects, and motivation while at the same time contributing to the workshop objectives and the aggregate diversity of the cohort.

Please submit the cover page, 1-page personal statement, 2-page summary, and CV as a single file in DOCX and PDF format named as follows: “Firstname_Lastname_ECWproposal”. The application should be submitted through the ICQE 2019 Conference System.

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Submissions due 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8), 10 May 2019.

Important Dates for the Early Career Workshop  

May 10, 2019 – Submissions due (application through the ICQE 2019 Conference System and letter of recommendation from your advisor to

June 16, 2019 – Notification of acceptance

September 27, 2019 – Submission of the final 2-page summary for publication in conference proceedings

October 19, 2019 – Early Career Kickoff from 4 to 6pm

October 19, 2019 – Early Career Get together 6 to 8pm

October 22, 2019 – Early Career Workshop from 12 to 3pm