The 2013 instalment of the Annual Q Conference organised by The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS) has been a huge success.
Th Annual Q Conference brought together an interdisciplinary group of researchers in the field of Q-methodology, who engage in research in a number of areas including work from the social sciences, biomedical sciences, and the humanities.
Q-methodology as a discipline is quite similar to card-sorting, but q-sorts allow participants to prioritise concepts and give research an insight into the subjectivity of people rather than focus on the questions as is common with other research methods. The 2013 Annual Q Conference welcomed a variety of critical, cultural, historical, and philosophical research publications embracing the study of subjectivity and the applied use of Q Methodology.
Contributions from Q-methodology researchers included “Views and beliefs of social studies teachers on citizenship education: a comparative study of The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Croatia” by Margarita Jeliazkova of the University of Twente as well as one led by Twente researcher Robert Hoppe, titled “Policy analysis and Q methodology ‐ theory, practice, teaching.”
Also at the conference was Marie‐José Geenen of Avans Hogeschool, which is twinned with Cardiff Metropolitan University in South Wales. Marie‐José Geenen presented a paper titled ,”Q study as part of a Grounded Theory Approach,” which was received well.
The conference, which was held in September, also included a canal tour, Annual Awards Banquet and an excursion to the Rijksmuseum.