Interdisciplinary Workshop for PhD Students working on the Great Lakes Region (PhD Workshop Great L)

Venue: University of Antwerp

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Apr 21, 2005 End Date/Time: Apr 23, 2005
Early Registration Date: Mar 31, 2005
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EADI – IDPM – VLIR CONFERENCE: “CONFLICT AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION”

WORKSHOP FOR PhD STUDENTS WORKING ON THE GREAT LAKES REGION

21-23 APRIL 2005, ANTWERP, BELGIUM

The Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp), in cooperation with the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) organizes a workshop for doctoral students working on the Great Lakes Region. This workshop will take place on the 21st and 22nd of April 2005, followed by a seminar “Conflict and Regional Development in the Great Lakes Region” on 22nd of April 2005 during the afternoon. The EADI Executive Committee Meeting on the 23rd of April is only open to members of the EC of EADI. Participants are also invited to visit the ‘Memory of Congo’ exhibition at the Royal Museum for Central-Africa (Tervuren).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

Date:
21st - 22nd (morning) April 2005 : Workshop for PhD students working on the Great Lakes Region
22nd (afternoon) April 2005 : Seminar “Conflict and Regional Development in the Great Lakes Region”
23rd April 2005 : EADI Executive Committee Meeting (only open to members of the Executive Committee) - possibility to visit the Royal Museum of Central Africa (Tervuren)

Venue:
Institute of Development Policy and Management
University of Antwerp
Venusstraat 35
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

Registration
By registration form before 31 March 2005 (registration form will be send when contacting An Ansoms: an.ansoms@ua.ac.be

Conference fee
The fee for participation in the workshop and the seminar: 25 EUR, including registration costs, lunches and dinners on 21st and 22nd April 2005

Number of participants to the PhD workshop
Maximum 40

Additional information for participants to the PhD workshop:
An Ansoms, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Venusstraat 35, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; Tel: (+32) 3220 4825; Email: an.ansoms@ua.ac.be
Eva Palmans, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Venusstraat 35, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; Tel: (+32) 3220 4842; Email: eva.palmans@ua.ac.be



The workshop for PhD students working on the Great Lakes region will bring together doctoral researchers from across English and French-speaking backgrounds working on the Great Lakes Region (GLR) of Africa for an exchange of experience, ideas and future directions, focusing on both the theoretic framework and practical field experiences of their research.

The main aims include:
• Reinforce the central body of knowledge about new research in the GLR.
• Develop interactions between starting, intermediate and finishing PhD students.
• Bridge the Anglophone and Francophone divide in research in the GLR.
• Create a support mechanism for students who are soon to go to the field who can gain from the other students' experiences.
• Create an informal environment for students to ask for advice/suggestions to solve problems they are experiencing with their PhD research (mix from first to final year students)

The workshop itself will be split into four main sessions.
• A first session will allow all participants to give a brief outline of their research project (maximum 5 minutes).
• A second and third session will feature six presentations by final year students, who will be given 15 minutes to present their work (methodological issues if relevant for an interdisciplinary public, focus on practical field experiences), followed by reactions, questions discussion, possibility to link with other research, …
• During a final long session on Friday morning all participants will be split into four groups according to the main research themes. Provisional themes are: politics and conflict, economics and development, justice and rights, identity and migration. Group members will have the opportunity to present research proposals in a more detailed way, focusing on methodological issues and field experience for a more disciplinary public. The length of presentations and discussion depends upon the number of participants per group.

In 2003, a similar workshop was organized by the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. During this meeting, doctoral students of various disciplines at various stages in their PhD process exchanged their experiences on research in the Great Lakes Region. Moreover, the meeting led to the development of a website to include a database of young researchers working on the GLR, their area of specialization, contact details and a thesis abstract. This current meeting intends to stimulate the establishment of regular workshops on the GLR aimed at a wider audience in the future (to include practitioners as well as academics).

Working languages are English and French. During the workshop there will be no formal interpretation services, but we hope that researchers of this area of Africa will have a working knowledge of both languages. During the seminar itself interpretation services will be available.

PhD students researching this area of Africa from all academic disciplines are invited to attend this working group. The emphasis is on keeping this event informal in order to allow for as much interaction as possible. For that reason, there will be no formal papers.

However, final year students will be invited to present their research during the second and third session, in order to stimulate debate. They are equally invited to submit a recent paper that will be distributed also to the other participants during the seminar “Conflict and regional development in the Great Lakes Region”. All PhD students are kindly invited to this event, being held on 22nd April 2005, which will feature papers on the Great Lakes Region.

Participants are encouraged to use their research grants or funding offered by their universities to cover their expenses.
• A conference fee of 25 EUR will cover both registration costs (for the workshop on the 21st and 22nd morning April 2005 AND for the seminar on the 22nd during the afternoon April 2005) and food expenses (Lunch and dinner on the 21st and 22nd April 2005 - except drinks).
• Cheap hostel accommodation (35 EUR per night) is available for early subscribers. On registration more information about accommodation and practical details will be sent.

To register, please contact:
• An Ansoms, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Venusstraat 35, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; Tel: (+32) 3220 4825; Email: an.ansoms@ua.ac.be
• Eva Palmans, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, Venusstraat 35, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium; Tel: (+32) 3220 4842; Email: eva.palmans@ua.ac.be

By 10th April 2005, participants should provide in advance an abstract of their thesis /research project (maximum 1500 words – 1 A4, typeface 11) in English or in French, including:
• Contact
• Title of thesis / research project
• Objectives and scope – research question

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Venue

Venusstraat 35
Antwerp
Belgium
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