« Week of October 7, 2019 »
Start: 8 Oct 2019 09:30
End: 8 Oct 2019 11:30

The aim of this course is to equip research students with some of the relevant skills required to undertake postgraduate fieldwork in Africa. The presentation introduces the principal methodologies and strategies that are commonly applied to academic research in the Social Sciences, and considers their practical application for students who might undertake postgraduate fieldwork in Africa. In essence, the course will introduce researchers/students to some standard research methods and approaches from a perspective that is constantly mindful of the African setting – a setting that can present quite different challenges from the (implied) northern/western setting of many research training courses.  The presentation, which draws on my experiences of doing fieldwork in the Gambia, also discusses the hazards of doing fieldwork in Africa and general ethical issues and how they were dealt with.

Start: 10 Oct 2019 12:00
End: 10 Oct 2019 14:00

Migration, irregular low-skilled emigration from developing countries in particular, has attracted a lot of academic and political attention. In many low and middle-income countries, migration is a prominent and sought-after prospect. However, the vast majority of would-be migrants never leave (involuntarily immobile) leading to a stark mismatch between the global demand for migration opportunities and the restrictive immigration policies of the desired destination countries. This mismatch appears set to grow in the coming decades, with swelling youth cohorts in Africa, especially, and strong anti-immigrant political currents in much of the Global North. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork in West Africa, this presentation explores the strategies that young people, who find it increasingly difficult to migrate to the West, employ to fulfil their aspirations of social and economic advancement. These aspirations are shaped by intervening social, cultural and religious obligations and expectations.

Start: 11 Oct 2019 09:00
End: 11 Oct 2019 17:15

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel [HK1] (VUB) kindly invites you to participate at the second high-level conference on TRADE DEFENCE INSTRUMENTS (TDI) on Friday 11 October 2019. After the successful launch of this format last year, this year’s edition will look at the implementation of the EU’s domestic TDI reform, and the ongoing WTO crisis. Moreover, specialists in the field will review the main developments in the field that occurred in 2018.

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