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Researching Africa: Postgraduate Research Workshop

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Dr Charlotte Baker - Organiser


This workshop is aimed at postgraduate students in all disciplines with research interests relating to Africa. The workshop is organised by Lancaster University African Studies Group, and supported by the Department of European Languages and Cultures and Lancaster Environment Centre.

The workshop will include presentations and group discussions around two main topics.

Fieldwork in Africa:
The morning session of the workshop will focus on fieldwork in Africa. We will explore the practicalities of preparing to undertake fieldwork in Africa, hear from speakers about their experiences of conducting fieldwork, and discuss how practical challenges can be overcome.

Studying Africa from a distance
The afternoon session will consider different ways of researching Africa without visiting the continent. The country you are researching may not be accessible, or your research interests may mean that there is no expectation that you will undertake fieldwork. So how can we best understand Africa from a distance?


11.00 Coffee and registration

11.15 Welcome and opening activity

11.30 Laura Fielding, Lancaster University – ‘Fieldwork in North East Africa’

12.00 Discussion: Preparing for fieldwork

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Patricia Lund, Coventry University – ‘Fieldwork in Southern Africa’

13.30 Discussion: Dealing with challenges encountered in the field

14.00 Coffee break

14.15 Charlotte Baker, Lancaster University – ‘Africa: Realities and Representations’

14.45 Discussion: Understanding Africa from a distance

15.30 Close


TitleResearching Africa: Postgraduate Research Workshop
CountryUnited Kingdom