MAXQDA Grants #ResearchForChange 2023: More diverse than ever before!
Due to the overwhelming response and high demand for our MAXQDA Grants #ResearchForChange program, we are thrilled to announce that we will be expanding to provide even more opportunities for researchers.
We have decided to launch the MAXQDA Grants in the sign of globally relevant themed months in 2023 and in 2024. For each grant there will be three winners.
Black History Month
Women Empowerment Month
After a great launch of our MAXQDA Grants #ResearchForChange on LGBTQI+ research in June, we are excited for the next round in October 2023, calling for research projects that address climate change and promote environmental sustainability. In honor of Black History Month in February 2024, we want to encourage research projects that address Black empowerment and combat social inequality based on ethnicity and race. March 2024 will be all about research on women’s social inequality in the wake of International Women’s Day and a call for submissions on feminist research on women’s empowerment.
Are you researching environmental sustainability instead? Then we’re already teasing our second Grants 2023 on the topic of sustainability for October! More information will follow before the respective months.
Call for projects:
MAXQDA Grants in October 2023 – Environmental Awareness Month
In our second edition of MAXQDA Grants #ResearchForChange, as part of our MAXQDA Environmental Awareness Month, we aim to contribute to the preservation of our ecological environment and explore the consequences and potential perspectives within the context of climate change. We are deeply concerned about global developments related to climate change at VERBI and wish to provide researchers with the necessary platform to gain well-deserved recognition for their research efforts. Therefore, we are seeking research projects that utilize MAXQDA for data analysis and are interested in a green, sustainable future from various disciplines and with a central research focus, regardless of whether they address ecological issues in the research process, emphasize consumption practices, propose social and political alternatives, or highlight socioecological innovations. We are looking for your qualitative or mixed methods contributions to help save the planet.
In recognition of the indispensable role of our nature, we will support early career scientists with 3 Research Grants. Deadline for entries is 15 October 2023 – 11:59 pm (CET).
To apply for the grant, send us an abstract of your completed (or nearly completed) research project, a hypothesis, a detailed description of how MAXQDA was used in the project, and a brief biography of you as the researcher. Please try to limit yourself to 3-5 pages and include the following sections in the PDF: 1. Research Objective, 2. Abstract, 3. Methodology, 4. How did MAXQDA help you, 5. About the Author. Please note that for equal opportunity reasons we cannot accept applications that exceed 5 pages.
Together, we can make a difference by furthering our collective understanding and acceptance of diverse identities.
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Congrats to the winners of the MAXQDA Grants 2023: Pride Month
Click on a winner to learn more about their research. Also a big thanks to all the other great projects. We were very happy about every submission.
- Alan Santinele Martino (he/him)
An Exploratory Study on the Sexual Health Knowledge and Needs of LGBT+ Adults labeled / with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in Alberta, Canada
- Krystal-Gayle O’Neill (she/her)
Assessing the criminalization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) sexuality in the Anglophone Caribbean: A case study of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago
- Anonymous (she/her)
Evolution of Intersex Representation in Pakistani Cinema: A Comparative Study of Four Decades
Alan Santinele Martino (he/him)
Research Objective: To explore the sexual health knowledge and needs of LGBT+ adults labeled / with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Abstract: The limited research regarding the sexual health of people with disabilities primarily focuses on heterosexual and cisgender people and ignores the intersectional experiences of disabled people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT+). Pervasive heteronormativity and cisnormativity undergird the literature, coupled with ableist assumptions that disabled people are either asexual or cannot identify as LGBT+, has obscured the rich array of sexualities and gender identities among disabled people. Furthermore, LGBT+ disabled people have historically been an invisible and undervalued group in LGBT+ and disability circles. The sexual and intimate lives of disabled people have been marked by a history of protectionism, infantilization, and paternalism. resulting in experiences of sterilization, institutionalization, and sexual repression. The sexualities of LGBT+ disabled people remain a taboo topic which could hinder the health and wellbeing of this growing population. LGBT+ people with disabilities have sexual and romantic desires. Yet, LGBT+ disabled youth are commonly denied access to high-quality and accessible sexuality education. Sexual health information, when accessible and presented through a disability sensitive lens, tends to be heteronormative, due to the dearth of understanding about individuals with disability’s particular experiences and intimate lives. Thus, LBGT+ disabled youth may encounter fewer opportunities to receive information regarding gender and sexual diversity to develop a vocabulary to articulate their identities, desires, needs, and rights. Disabled people face limited possibilities in exploring and experiencing their gender and sexual identities, which rarely include LGBT+ identities. Finally, the attitudes of service providers and caregivers can also be a significant barrier to safe disclosure of sexual or gender expressions outside heteronormativity and cisnormativity, as they may be uncomfortable or feel unprepared to support LGBT+ disabled youth.
Methology: Semi-structured, in-depth qualitative interviews with 15 – 30 adults labeled / with developmental and intellectual disabilities across Alberta (Lethbridge, Calgary, & Edmonton) allow participants’ perspectives from different geographies. This research will employ purposive sampling through service organizations and (self)advocacy groups. Participants will be 18+ years old, their own legal guardian, and self-identify as living with a disability (intellectual or developmental). The interview framework will be designed in collaboration with lived experience collaborators and sexual health professionals. Interviews will focus on participants’ knowledge and needs related to sexual health and their experiences in constructing their sexual and gender identities and navigating LGBT+ spaces. The interviews will be conducted in person, via Zoom or telephone, depending on the participant’s preference, transcribed, and thematically analyzed.
How did MAXQDA help you? We used MAXQDA to conduct the analysis of the data as a research team. Data was analyzed by three members of the research team, including the principal investigator and two students. We also used MAXQDA in our review of the literature keeping its analysis organized.
Krystal-Gayle O’Neill (she/her)
Research Objective: Krystal-Gayle’s goal is to explore the various factors that lead to LGBTQ sexuality being decriminalized or further criminalized in the Anglophone Caribbean, using new sets of paradigms (moral exclusion, postcolonial feminism, queer theory). The study will take place in Trinidad and Tobago (which has made steps toward decriminalization) and Jamaica (which has not), using the theoretical perspectives of moral exclusion, queer theory and critical postcolonial feminism (PCF), to illuminate issues such as discrimination, violence and stigmatization, that ultimately lead to delegitimization and exclusion of LGBTQ individuals. The project will bring together these three theories (moral exclusion, postcolonial feminist, queer), not yet explored together in this region. As such, I employed qualitative comparative case study, of these two countries, to gain new insights on the issue of (de)criminalization.
Abstract: The criminalization by various states, around the world, of persons who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ), is a prevalent and discriminatory human security issue. This relative insecurity is a major barrier to human rights and denies millions of LGBTQ individuals’ human dignity. The study operates under the hypothesis that countries/states who still abide by colonial era laws, regarding sexuality, are more likely to engage in heteronormative practices such as criminalization, that lead to moral exclusion and the ultimate delegitimization of LGBTQ sexuality among its citizens. This study will explore the interplay between moral exclusion and (de)criminalization in the context of LGBTQ sexuality, using a critical postcolonial feminist and queer lens. With more than a third of the world’s countries criminalizing consenting same-sex relations (ILGA, 2020), such an examination can add new insights to existing literature. Several efforts have been made to ascertain why LGBTQ individuals are not extended these same rights and also why LGBTQ individuals are criminalized, marginalized and excluded. This study will go a step further by focusing primarily on the research question: Why have some Anglophone Caribbean countries decriminalized LGBTQ sexuality, and some have not? For the purposes of this study, she is using the term LGBTQ and not the universal acronyms LGBTI, LGBTQIA+ or LGBTQIAP. This is because intersex, asexual and pansexual individuals are not typically included in either criminalization laws or vernacular.
How did MAXQDA help you? “Given MAXQDA’s proven performance in analyzing complex and varied types of information, it will be great for my analysis, to assist me in picking up on trends or themes I might have missed while collecting the data. Additionally, the ease of having everything in one project pack and being able to organize the data into folders and having everything accessible for me and my advisor will be very impactful in this stage of my project. The auto coding feature, the user-friendly interface and the ability to have an audit trail and visuals is what I need to complete this project. This grant and the subsequent training and subscription will allow me to do so much more with my research and analysis, and ultimately the completion of my project.”
Research Objective: The author explores how the representation of intersex characters in Pakistani cinema has changed over the past four decades, and the dominant themes and responses from the 1980s to the present.
Abstract: The role of the media in shaping public perceptions and attitudes towards the intersex community cannot be underestimated, especially in countries like Pakistan where intersex people are often marginalised and subjected to hate speech and crimes. The intersex characters of the last three decades (1980s, 1990s and 2000s) have been portrayed in comedic and peripheral roles included for entertainment purposes, and these roles have often been treated as ‘supporting’ with no significant impact on the main storyline. Their intersexuality was used as a source of humour, often trivialising their experiences in storylines and ignoring the struggles that the intersex community face in real life. These characters were often portrayed as objects of ridicule, using humour derived from their physical or gender non-conforming attributes. Post-2010, Pakistani cinema has witnessed a notable shift towards providing intersex characters with meaningful and impactful roles. There are several productions such as Moor, Dukhtar and Pink Ribbon in which intersex characters are no longer relegated to peripheral positions. Despite the adoption of a humane approach and positive treatment of intersex characters, they are still not portrayed as strong protagonists or in the role of a lover. In Joyland (2022), for the first time in the history of Pakistani cinema, an intersex person is shown in a romantic relationship with a man. The representation and visibility of intersex people in mainstream media remains relatively low, as their roles are played by male or female actors, with one or two exceptions in recent years, and the stories are also written by the writers mostly without consulting an intersex person. To date, there has not been a single film production in Pakistan where the storyline of an intersex character is written by an intersex person and thus represents the lived experiences and struggles of an intersex person in Pakistan.
How did MAXQDA help you? Codes were generated and applied to relevant segments in the transcripts using MAXQDA’s coding features: code frequencies, code co-occurrences, code relationships, and memos to explore patterns and relationships in the data to compare representations of intersex characters from four decades (N=12). As the research is ongoing, it would be used for further analysis and to create data visualizations.
Previous Themes and Grant Recipients
The #ResearchforChange grant is an initiative of VERBI Software that aims to support researchers, research projects, and networks. The grant provides financial support and methodological training for early career researchers whose work aims to investigate, support and raise awareness of empowerment initiatives.