Researching Africa Day 2013

The programme for the 14th Annual Researching Africa Day has been released. The workshop will be taking place on Saturday, 23rd February 2013 at St Antony's College, Oxford.

Researching Africa Day provides graduate students with the opportunity to network with fellow researchers, exchange information, discuss research strategies and develop ideas in a constructive, stimulating and engaging environment. The workshop is open to all graduates working on Africa within the disciplines of history, politics, economics, development studies, literature, anthropology, social policy, geography, public health and the natural sciences.

The title of this year’s workshop is:

Researching Africa: The Flow of Research?

This year's workshop interrogates the process of researching Africa. We hope to explore how research progresses, as well as examine the issues and obstacles that confront researchers at various stages. We aim to question the idea that research always follows a sequence that begins in the library and ends on the word processor. We have divided the workshop into four panels that follow the accepted chronology of research. The papers being presented either investigate these stages (from the acquisition of material to its presentation), or challenge their relationship to one another, in order to understand the 'flow' of research as it actually is.

Below is a programme of the day:

9:00-9:25       Registration

9:25                Opening address

9:30-11:00     First Panel: Accessing

How do we access material? From gaining ethical clearance, to finding our ‘field sites’ and negotiating ‘gatekeepers’, what issues and difficulties do we experience as researchers in Africa?

11:00-11:30   Tea and coffee

11:30-13:00   Second Panel: Acquiring

How do we acquire material? From archives and life histories, to images and data-sets, what choices does the researcher make in the process of collection?

13:00-14:00   Lunch

14:00-15:30   Third Panel: Interrogating

How do we interrogate our material? From grounding personal experience to the application of theory, how do we make sense of what we have gathered during fieldwork?

15:30-16:00   Tea and coffee

16:00-17:30   Fourth Panel: Presenting

How do we present our material? From the format to the content, what dilemmas are faced and what impact do we make as researchers?

17:30-17:45   Closing remarks

All are very welcome. To give us an idea of numbers, please contact us by email if you would like to attend. Below is a map showing St Antony’s College.

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Ed Teversham, Juliet Gilbert, Khumisho Moguerane,

Organisers, Researching Africa Day 2013