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Welcome to the Human Sciences Research Network

This website serves as the network home for the International Human Sciences Research Conference (IHSRC) and a repository for material of relevance to the human sciences research community.

The IHSRC first met in 1982 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Since then it has met annually in over ten different countries. The conference is an opportunity to explore the use of qualitative methods in the study of human nature. There has been a strong phenomenological tradition at the heart of the IHSRC but researchers from other qualitative traditions also frequently attend and are very welcome. Indeed, constructive dialogue and debate across a broad spectrum of qualitative perspectives has very much been central to the Human Sciences tradition. Naming the conference 'Human Sciences' back in 1982 was provocative and remains so today but as Giorgi (2010) puts it in his historical account of the conference: the idea of science was to be preserved because no contradiction was perceived between science and qualitative methods even if the sense of rigor in studying qualitative aspects of phenomena would be different. Participants are welcome from all disciplines, whether this be psychology, education, sociology, nursing or any other relevant disciplinary tradition, in which researchers seek to qualitatively explore human meaning and experience.

This website was born out of the 30th International Human Sciences Research Conference 2011, hosted by The Open University and held at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University. It is hosted by Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University and provides a central point through which to connect to future conferences and a repository for information about past conferences, along with other material relevant to human sciences research.

The IHSRC Network website is managed by Dr Darren Langdridge, The Open University. If you wish to submit items for inclusion on the website or correct any errors or omissions please email

Last updated: 1 October 2013


19 September 2013

The 2014 International Human Sciences Research Conference is being held at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada from 12-15 August 2013. The conference theme is Advancing Human Science: Recovering Subjectivity, Relation, Process.

Visit the IHSRC 2014 conference website

8 January 2013

A two week summer school for PhD students entitled 'Phenomenology and the tradition of the Utrecht School' is organised at the Utrecht University in The Netherlands from 29 July 2013 - 9 August 2013. The course is directed by Dr Bas Levering and co-lectured by Dr Max van Manen, dr Cathy Adams and Dr Michael van Manen.

Visit the course website to apply

5 December 2012

New book published on existential therapy: Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy, written by Darren Langdridge, has been published by Sage Publications.

Visit the publishers website


Dr Darren Langdridge (Open University)

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
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Milton Keynes
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