Platform Ukraine December Workshop, 17-12-2014

December 12, 2014 • Educational, Past Events • Views: 709

Studying Post-Socialist Environment: Research Methodology and Fieldwork

17 December 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm ROOM 431 – UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies –  16 Taviton Street, WC1H0BW 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. Our 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. Speakers will include:

Phillip Koeker (Research Associate in Societal and Political Responses to Corruption in Europe, UCL SSEES)


  •  Dr Joanna Szostek (Mellon Research Fellow, UCL SSEES ) Dealing with distrust: Some lessons from political fieldwork in Moscow, Minsk and Kyiv
  •  Dr Anna Pechurina (Leeds Becket University)
    Conducting fieldwork in Russia: The issues of social positioning and recruitment when studying one’s own community
  • Rob Stothard (Photographer)  On his practice in Ukraine

 The event will be followed by a wine reception. Please follow the link to register for the workshop


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