STREAM: Methodological issues in African Studies – Cross-Disciplinary Research Collaboration and Policy Impact

STREAM: Methodological issues in African Studies – Cross-Disciplinary Research Collaboration and Policy Impact

The interdisciplinary nature of African Studies poses particular methodological problems. Dialogue is often required across fields. Yet, we frequently lack the methodological tool set to effectively combine approaches and interpret findings. This is especially problematic where research is intended to provide evidence to inform effective policy making. For instance, with the recent surge of randomized controlled trials to study development in Sub-Saharan Africa, how can anthropological approaches be employed in combination with experimental designs? Are different methodologies applied in sequence or at the same time? What are particular issues and approaches for cross-disciplinary collaborations? The stream welcomes scholars from all disciplines, working with quantitative methods and/or qualitative methods, and whose research contributes to methodological advancement across fields.

Confirmed Panels

Panel 1: Methodological Issues in African Studies: Using Evidence

  • The Potential and Pitfalls of Collaborating with Development Organizations in Africa, Dodsworth, Susan (International Development Department, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom) and Cheeseman, Nic (International Development Department, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
  • Behavioural Experiments, Micro-Narratives, Structured Survey and Interviews: Combining Four Methods to Understand Fairness and Inclusion in Uganda, Schomerus, Mareike (Overseas Development Institute, London, United Kingdom)
  • The Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data in African Studies: Challenges and Opportunities, Kern, Florian G (Department of Government, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom) Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede (Department of Government, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom) and Katariina, Mustasilta (Department of Government, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom)
  • Building Data while Building Capacity? Analyzing Text from Local Government Resilience Action Plans, Reinhardt, Gina (University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom) and, Chatsiou, Kakia (University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom)

Panel 2: Methodological Issues in African Studies: Examining Cases

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in the Analysis About the Writing of the History of Africa in Contemporary Brazil (2003-2016), Silva, Moisés Corrêa (Fluminense Federal University, Niterói, Brazil)
  • The Need for Socio-Legal Methodology in Law: Lessons from South African Courts, Mzezewa, Sinikiwe (University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa)
  • Decolonising Knowledge Production: The Intellectual Toolkit to More Advantageous African Integration in Global Value Chains, El Kadi, Tin-Hinane (London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom) Mann, Laura Elizabeth (London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom) and Iazzolino, Gianluca (London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom)”
  • From ‘Rights’ to ‘Rites’: Ritual Translation of the South African Bill of Rights in Venda Male Initiation Schools, South Africa, McNeill, Fraser G (Dept. of Anthropology, University of Pretoria, South Africa., Pretoria, South Africa)

Panel 3: Methodological Issues in African Studies: Exploring Narratives

  • A Critical Discourse Analysis of Boko Haram’s Violent Extremism Jombadi, Abiodun (Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria)
  • A Justification for (Afro) Vernacular Epistemology, Lawal, Ademola Lukman (University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Epidemic Narrative, Memory, and the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Hemsley, Frances (University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom)

Panel 4: Interdisciplinarity in Practice: 

A Case Study of the ‘A Systems Approach to Air Pollution’ – East Africa Project, Mbujje, Joel (Ndejje University, Kampala, Uganda) Gatari, Michael (University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya) and Weldetinsae, Abel (Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Florian G. Kern (fkern@essex.ac.uk) and Dr. Thoko Kaime (tkaime@essex.ac.uk). 

For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website  http://www.asauk.net/call-for-papers-and-panels-asauk-2018-now-open/ 

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