The aim of the conference is to build a global community of qualitative scholars in order to advance qualitative methods and develop junior scholars. In recent years qualitative scholarship has experienced a tremendous growth. There are more opportunities than ever for collecting novel and important data and scholars are developing new ways in which to analyze, represent and theorize data. These opportunities have attracted more scholars to our field – some who view themselves as qualitative scholars and others who understand the importance of integrating qualitative and quantitative scholarship. This has spurred the need for us to build an inclusive qualitative community and share knowledge about qualitative scholarship across geographical and generational boundaries.