International Association for Critical Realism 2015 Annual Conference

"Critical Realism: Reimagining Social Science"
(The 18th IACR Annual Conference)
July 28-30, 2015, University of Notre Dame, IN (USA)

“What difference does critical realism make for how we do our empirical work?” That is the question that many social scientists who hear about critical realism initially ask, especially in the United States. This is an honest question that needs good answers. 

How does the alternative meta-theory of critical realism change the kinds of scholarly research we conduct and the ways we conduct it? What real differences does critical realism make analytically and methodologically? How would social science that was primarily informed by critical realism, instead of some other background philosophy, look and act differently?

Critical realism makes a big difference, in fact. Some of these differences are subtle, others more profound. Yet more work must be done to think through and spell out specifics on how critical realism already does and might continue to re-orient scholarly research in practical ways. 

“Critical Realism: Reimagining Social Science” is the theme of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Critical Realists (IACR), to be held at the University of Notre Dame, July 28-30. Papers on all topics relevant for critical realism are invited for submission for presentation in a session at IACR 2015, but papers that focus on the practical analytical and methodological implications of critical realism are especially welcome. 

To submit a paper for consideration, please prepare an abstract of no more than 500 words and send it by email -along with your paper title, name, contact info, and organizational affiliation- to Nicolette Manglos-Weber at Submissions must be received by April 15 for full consideration for inclusion on the program. 

Registration costs are only $400.00 USD, which includes full room and board from the evening of July 27 to the evening of July 30. For those who do not require lodging, the fee is $235.00 USD. All participants must register for the conference by May 30. After that date, an additional fee of $40.00 USD will be applied. The last day to register is July 13.

Paired accommodations are available to you in residence halls. Blankets, sheets and towels are provided during your stay. Lavatories and showers are shared in common with separate men's and women's facilities on each floor. There is no provision for more than two persons per room. Requests for adjoining rooms cannot be guaranteed. Should you prefer a single room, you will be required to pay an additional fee of $9 per night.

Notre Dame faculty/staff/student registration does not include meals, which will all be taken in the dining halls. If you are ND faculty/staff/student but do not have a meal plan, you can purchase individual meals on entry. The costs are as follows: Breakfast: $9.50; Lunch: $14.50; Dinner: $16.00. Food is also available for purchase at a number of locations around campus. Please see the sidebar to the right for information about dining options on campus and off campus, and in South Bend.    

Conference costs are supported with generous grants from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame University and the Templeton Religion Trust.