Dear Colleagues,

please consider submitting an English-language abstract for the session “Uses of Paradigms in Mixed Methods Inquiry” hosted by the Research Committee on “Logic and Methodology in Sociology” (RC33) at the IVTH ISA FORUM OF SOCIOLOGY on “Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality” (14.-18.07.2020, PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL).

Although discourses around paradigms – that we consider here as sets of assumptions about ontology, epistemology, methodology and axiology in social research – have been largely explored in their consequences for mixing methods, controversies are far to be exhausted. Moreover, the effort suggested by mixed methods is expressly to overcome “paradigm wars”, despite the fact that conversations are questionably progressing from that perspective: mixed methods rather end up acting like a third player on the battleground (Johnson & Onwuegbuzie, 2004; Tashakkori, 2009). Pragmatism is often considered as the most suitable paradigm for mixed methods, but sometimes it ends up being applied to mixed methods studies merely as a label, without an attentive intention (Biesta, 2010; Feilzer, 2010). Then, all things considered, it is undeniable that researchers engaging in mixed methods, face numerous challenges when it comes to paradigms in their application to the empirical process of inquiry.

Thus, we intend to ask: (1) is pragmatism helping to overcome “paradigm wars”? (2) Are other possible uses of paradigms (e.g. paradigms as toolkits: Maxwell, 2011) beneficial for mixed methods inquiry? This session will welcome contributions on these challenges, underlining the difficulties for researchers in the empirical praxis, when innovating methods while still being thoughtful about paradigms. Moreover, we will appreciate reflections on creative ways of adopting instruments from philosophy for research purposes, refusing to fit into traditional conceptions of paradigms nor into paradigm wars. For further information on the conference, see:

If you are interested in giving a presentation, please SUBMIT AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE ABSTRACT BY 30.09.2019 VIA CONFEX: