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Courses: Network of Excellence for Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences, South Africa and Southern Africa, May/July/August 2010

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Dear all,

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 
Programme.

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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