Carolin Demuth has been elected as the new president of the Association for European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology (EQuiP) for the period from 2021-2024.
Carolin is one of the founding members of the association who first met in 2017 at the University of Lausanne. The association was officially created at Aalborg University in June 2018 as the outcome of a 2-day meeting co-organized by Carolin Demuth (Aalborg Univiersity) and Maria del Rio Carral (University of Lausanne) and funded by Carlsberg Foundation. See also: A Brief History of EQuiP.
The aim of the association is to create bridges among qualitative researchers in psychology across Europe and to rethink psychology more generally by:
- Providing researchers from different geographical parts of Europe opportunities to increase their visibility
- Making visible qualitative research in psychology beyond the Anglo-American realm
- Serving as a ‘hub’ that fosters dialogue among researchers engaged in qualitative research
- Representing a multiplicity of qualitative research approaches (or/and ‘schools’) and providing a platform for constructive exchange between colleagues working in different qualitative research traditions
- Advancing innovation in qualitative methods and methodologies in psychology and enhance the understanding of how qualitative research can contribute specifically to psychology
- Creating dialogue with other disciplines and interdisciplinary areas
- Overcoming possible linguistic barriers and enable scholarly exchange across linguistic communities in Europe (and beyond)
One of the main activities of the association is the bi-annual international conference. Besides, the EQuiP mailing list provides a means for researchers to share relevant information across a European network. In the future, the association aims at providing further means to support especially early career researchers.
SUCCESSFUL FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR EUROPEAN QUALITATIVE RESEARCHERS IN PSYCHOLOGY (EQUIP)
Following 3 full days with 335 participants from 28 European countries and non-European countries like Canada, USA, Australia, Israel, andNew Zealand, the first international conference of the Association for European Qualitative Researchers in Psychology (EQuiP) held in June 2021 was a huge international success. Despite the conference format having been switched to online due to the pandemic, participants engaged in rich discussions and lively debates.
Some of the highlights of the conference were a keynote speech by Carla Willig, a greeting session to welcome the new association with distinguished scholars from the field (Svend Brinkmann, Ken Gergen, Jonathan Smith, Wendy Stainton-Rogers and Jaan Valsiner), representatives of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology section (QmiP) of the British Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5 section Society for Qualitative Inquiry (SQiP) respectively, as well as a panel discussion on plurality in qualitative research with Michael Bamberg, Nollaig Frost, Brendan Gough, Marie Santiago-Delefosse and Wendy Stainton-Rogers.
The conference comprised 23 symposia, 32 thematic sessions, 40 poster presentation, 3 alternative format presentations, one invited symposium and one pre-conference workshop. A number of colleagues from Aalborg University also participated in the conference. The conference was co-chaired by Eleftheria Tseliou (University of Thessaly), Carolin Demuth (Aalborg University), and Eugenie Georgaca (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). The full program can be seen here.