Qualitative Approach and Methods in the Sciences of Human Beings

11th Czech & Slovak Conference with International Participation


Qualitative Approach and Methods in the Sciences of Human Beings


"The Boundaries of Normality"

21st and 22nd of January 2013

Konvikt – Art Centre of Palacký University in Olomouc


The Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc is organizing the conference in cooperation with partners.




The Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are. I dream about half-mad people.”

The Hatter: “So it means that I’m just a figment of your imagination?”

Alice: “Really crazy!”

The Hatter: “In that case, you must be too.”


    In the social sciences, we often treat terms "norm" and "normality" as an undoubted matter of course. With their help, we try to distinguish healthy from ill, to assess pathological phenomena, we use them to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable. But normality and norm can be viewed from many perspectives. Different points of view could be quite disrupting to our usual perception of these terms.

    What is actually the very essence of normality? What methods in research and practice are shaping our norm? How are boundaries of what we consider normal and what not formed? How do we recognize norm in the practice and how in the research? Does it make sense in the assessment of human beings to talk about norms at all? Isn’t there something hidden and significant what we are missing when reducing a human being to normative indicators?

    Therefore, we will appreciate contributions of various expertises that are affecting these issues at the upcoming conference. Welcome are topics about boundaries of normality, pathology and health in psychology, psychiatry, sociology, pedagogy, ethnography, anthropology, philosophy and other related fields. We will welcome for example topics relating to the "positive deviant" examples, issues of "pathology of everyday life", norms in work, acquiring norms in human development, norms used in research, diagnostics and norms presented in scientific articles.


Organization of the conference is provided by company Contexo. 


Important deadlines:

The deadline for active registration at the conference: 30th of November 2012

The deadline for submitting abstracts: 30th of November 2012

The deadline for submitting papers for the collection: 13th of January 2013

The deadline for passive registration at the conference (without a paper): 13th of January 2013

Basic fee for the participants is CZK 1,200 and for students (daily undergraduate study) CZK 1,000.

The payment can be made via wire transfer to the bank account number 236563002, bank code 0300. Each participant will receive a variable symbol after the registration. 

Foreign participants can pay in cash (CZK) directly on the spot.

Registration will be accepted after the payment of the conference fee is received.

The participant is OBLIGED to present a payment receipt at the registration (check stub, account statement, etc.).