Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (formerly Qualitative Communication Research) publishes innovative, experimental, aesthetic, and provocative works on the theories, practices, and possibilities of critical qualitative research. Departures is a forum for scholars in diverse disciplines to converse on, contest, and creatively reimagine the form, purpose, and mission of their work. The journal seeks works charting scholarly and theoretical developments in critical qualitative research, exemplars of methodological innovation, and inventive demonstrations of research as an aesthetic intervention and mode of critique. Departures aims to present the state of the art in autoethnography, personal narrative, performative writing, performance texts, fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, photo essays, short stories, poetry, and other arts-based critical qualitative research. Departures also includes “Communicating Critical Qualitative Research Departures,” a forum edited by William K. Rawlins in which issues, prospects, and controversies of critical qualitative research can be addressed in shorter point-of-view essays.