It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the 6th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. This is the first time this event has been hosted in North America and it is thrilling to see so many past delegates joining us again and also to welcome many new faces. Once again, this conference promises to showcase research from diverse disciplines including sport and exercise psychology, the sociology of sport, coaching, pedagogy, history, anthropology, sport management and health promotion.
We are delighted that Professors Virginia Braun, Brett Smith and Andy Miah accepted our invitations to give keynotes. Braun’s talk will explore how the past can (and should) inform our present research practice, Smith will discuss what is needed so that qualitative research reaches its full potential, and Miah will provide a forward-looking perspective on the changing landscape of sport and mobile digitality. Collectively, these scholars will speak to the past, present and future of qualitative research in sport and exercise. Each was chosen for their strong record as thought-leaders in our fields and for their ongoing commitment to pushing us forward while making sure our foundations are strong.
This year’s Conference Committee has kept many of the elements that have made QRSE popular in the past. Back on the program is the ‘5-minute challenge’ where delegates are tasked with presenting complex ideas in a concise format. We are also very pleased to once again offer workshops. Facilitated by leaders in their respective fields, these workshops offer a rare occasion for emerging and established scholars to explore new methods or develop their existing practice. We have also added a few new initiatives to this year’s conference, including the Early Career Researcher Award. This award, sponsored by the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and Routledge/Taylor & Francis recognizes the truly excellent and exciting work being done by an academic who completed their doctoral work in the past 5 years. As a member of the selection committee, I can attest that we were overwhelmed by the quality of the applications and the richness and diversity of the work being done. The future of qualitative research in sport and exercise is bright.
Another priority of the Committee was to showcase research being done with Indigenous communities and informed by Indigenous ways of knowing. The University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Long before it was a university campus, this land was a place where people gathered to learn, share knowledge and build community. With QRSE 2018, we hope to continue that tradition. At the Conference Opening on the evening of June 6th, conference delegates will visit the First Nations Longhouse and have an opportunity to learn more about the history of this place and its people. In addition, a workshop and various sessions throughout the conference will highlight work done by and with Indigenous communities.
We would like to thank the School of Kinesiology for hosting this conference and the Faculty of Education for their financial support. We are also very grateful for the funding received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Finally, we are grateful to you, the delegates, for sharing your work and joining us in what promises to be a celebration of qualitative research in sport and exercise. Enjoy the conference and your stay in Vancouver!