Platform Ukraine Workshop – Studying Post-Socialist Environment: Research Methodology and Fieldwork

On 17 December 2014, I will chair a workshop on the topic of research methodology and fieldwork in the post-socialist environment. Speakers will include Dr Joanna Szostek (Mellon Research Fellow, UCL SSEES ), Dr Anna Pechurina (Leeds Becket University) and Rob Stothard (Photographer). You can find the workshop description below:

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

The workshop is organised as part of ‘Platform Ukraine‘, a multidisciplinary project aimed at analysing and improving the understanding of the Ukrainian crisis of 2014 by creating a unified resource and network of academics studying the post-socialist space. Platform Ukraine is based at University College London – School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).