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Session 2
Postqualitative inquiry: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Have you heard of postqualitative inquiry (PQI)? This intellectual project is trying to disrupt conventional qualitative research. But, why? And, how? Is it achieving it? What are the highs and lows of PQI? What does it mean to be postqualitative? Are PQI and new materialism the same thing? Is PQI merely qualitative research with postmodern flair? Is good old qualitative research and PQI incompatible? Who does PQI today? Can qualitative researchers and postqualitative researchers live together in peace and appreciate each other? In this workshop, tentative answers to these questions will be provided, but also co-constructed with the attendees. The concepts and ideas will be rendered accessible for different audiences, including those who have never studied PQI. In this sense, the session is designed to interrupt the often-exclusionary nature of postqualitative theory and stimulate small movements in thinking. For those interested in exploring PQI further, a selective list of readings will be presented and discussed. 


Javier joined Durham University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2020. His research interests are disability and physical activity, theoretical pluralism, and storytelling. He works on ‘Making Every Contact Count: Training the Social Workers of Today and Tomorrow in Supporting Disabled People to be Physically Active’, a 3-year project funded by Sport England and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). 


Javier is an ECR board member of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, where he leads a project entitled ‘Becoming a Qualitative Researcher’. He serves on the Editorial Board of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and Sociology of Sport Journal. He is also an associate member of the Physical Activity, Education and Society research group and the iHuman institute. He has published extensively on qualitative research and qualitative inquiry.

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