The Forced Migration Studies Programme (FMSP), WITS University and the
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, invite
applications from early career scholars and advanced graduates to
participate in a collaborative qualitative and multi-methods training
network. The project “Network of Excellence for Qualitative Research in
the Social Sciences” is funded by the EU’s EDULINK program and will
expose approximately 120 early career scholars to cutting edge
developments in qualitative and multi-method research.
The network supports research related to Governance, from an
interdisciplinary perspective. Working together with partners in the
United Kingdom, Denmark, Ghana, Tanzania, the United States, and
Germany, we have brought participants into a transnational research
collaboration under the mentorship of leading experts in the field. The
Network has hubs in Ghana, South Africa, and Tanzania, and over the
course of a year will combine ‘in-residence’ workshops, on-line learning
through a Virtual Research Unit, and a short fieldwork component. Last
year, as part of this network, the FMSP trained over 20 researchers
from across Southern and East Africa and is now supporting the research
of early career scholars in South Africa, Kenya and Mozambique.
This year, new applicants from across Southern Africa are encouraged to
apply to FMSP, which will host three intensive ‘in residence’ workshops
in Johannesburg. Each workshop is 3 days long. Funding is available
for selected workshop participants to conduct short research projects at
the conclusion of the workshop series. Selected applicants may also be
eligible for paid research positions within the Forced Migration Studies
This Network provides researchers the opportunity to develop their own
research projects/interests through in-depth and open-ended research
collaboration and through participation in the following research
initiatives at the FMSP:
International Policing, Mobility and Crime in Africa:
This project examines how the internationalisation of policing is
transforming the way cross-border movements are policed in Southern
Africa. We explore how transnational policing agendas have been
instigated, discussed and implemented across policing institutions in
Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. Building on research
partnerships with the South African government, we examine how policing
‘up close’ using multi-sited, ethnographic research.
Policy Formation and Social Reconfiguration in African Cities:
This project addresses the politics of spatial redistribution of people
and power in six African cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maputo,
Lubumbashi, Nairobi, and Kinshasa. As Africa’s cities grow, they are
generating new social configuration and patterns of power, authority and
belonging. With decentralisation, local authorities are gaining new
resources and authority over these urban spaces, potentially challenging
the dominance of national governments in policymaking and regulation.
But as they become formally empowered, they must confront translocal
processes—including human mobility—over which they may have little
influence. This initiative makes sense of how mobility is transforming
urban governance by shifting policy networks, altering the flows of
information and resources, and generating new political subjectivities
and forms of citizenship.
The first phase of the network will involve a three-part workshop series
that is structured around three components of research design, beginning
with (a) Ethnographic Methods and the State (11-13th of May), (b)
Qualitative methods (28-30 July) c) Discourse analysis (2-4 August)
The Network will cover all the costs of the selected participants.
Applicants must be junior faculty members of Southern African
institutions of higher education or early career scholars/ advanced
graduates working in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Interested
applicants should submit a detailed CV and a brief (1 page) motivation
that explains their interest in one or more of our three research
initiatives and how participation in the network and its activities will
contribute to their research and career development. Applicants with
clear ideas of a future research project will be preferred.
*NB Successful applicants must attend all three workshops to be
considered for support.
Applications should be sent to [log in to unmask] by 20th April 2010.
Based in Johannesburg, the Forced Migration Studies Programme is an
independent, interdisciplinary and internationally engaged Africa-based
centre of excellence for research and teaching that shapes global
discourse on human mobility, development and social transformation.
The Institute of Development Studies is a leading global institution for
research, teaching and communications on international development. IDS
hosts five dynamic research teams, eight popular postgraduate courses,
and a family of world-class knowledge services. These three spheres are
integrated in a unique combination – as a development knowledge hub, IDS
is connected into and is a convenor of networks throughout the world.
Additional information on the project “Network of Excellence for
Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences: Sub-Saharan Africa” can be
found at: http://www.qrmafrica.org.
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