This workshop will be focused on theory and practice of social research in post-socialist space. The aim is to generate a discussion about the major challenges and difficulties of conducting social research and fieldwork in post-socialist, conflict and post-conflict environments.
Speakers will identify and explore: challenges of elite interviews; main challenges of qualitative research in intense political environments such as Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia; dangers and obstacles of conducting fieldwork in conflict and post-conflict zones; issues around gender, positionality and ethics in qualitative research of post-soviet identity and culture; how conditions of fear and distrust can affect fieldwork; issues related to the insider/outsider position of the researcher and working with people coming from different generations and ethnic backgrounds; the importance of local language knowledge in fieldwork.
Contributions from the audience about their experiences of fieldwork will be welcome.
17 December 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
ROOM 431 – UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies – 16 Taviton Street, WC1H0BW
– Phillip Koeker (Research Associate in Societal and Political Responses to Corruption in Europe, UCL SSEES)
The event will be followed by a wine reception.
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