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Social Research in Conflict Affected Zones
University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton
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The workshop explores the particular methodological issues that face social scientists conducting research in conflict affected zones. In the mid-1990s a seminal volume edited by Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius Robben drew attention to the particular ethical and personal dilemmas anthropologists (and social scientists in general) face when conducting research in conflict affected areas. Drawing on this volume; a recent volume edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram et al.’ ‘best practice’ developed by NGOs working in such contexts and individual case studies, the workshop will consider the generic problems that research in conflict affected areas poses for researchers and will explore the strategies and responses researchers have adopted. At the end of the workshop participants will have a clear understanding of the following key issues: ethical dilemmas; security of researchers and respondents; coping with stress; and dilemmas of maintaining objectivity.
By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
Hoffman, D. (2003) Frontline anthropology: Research in a time of war Anthropology Today Vol. 19, No. 3.
J. C. Kovats-Bernat (2008) Negotiating Dangerous Fields: Pragmatic Strategies for Fieldwork amid Violence and Terror American Anthropologist Vol. 104, No. 1.
Lekha Sriram, C, J. C. King, J. A. Mertus, O. Martin-Ortega, J. Herman (eds) 2009 Surviving Field Research: Working in Violent and Difficult Situations Routledge
Nordstrom, C. and A. C. G. M. Robben (eds) (1996) Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Culture University of California Press
Wood, E. (2006) 'The Ethical Challenges of Field Research in Conflict Zones', Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 29 No. 3.
Dr. Nigel Eltringham
University of Sussex (DTC Course)
Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
External student from DTP partner universities (City, UEA, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Roehampton, Royal Holloway, Surrey) - £10 External student all other institutions - £30 External faculty/other staff member - £100
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Systematic Review, Hard to reach populations, conflict affected areas
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