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Conducting Field Research on Conflict - Talk by Professor Paul Gready

This talk was delivered at the Researching Conflict workshop co-organised by the Centre for Translation & Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester, UK (see http://www.methods.manchester.ac.uk/events/2013-04-18/index.shtml). Ethical codes for conducting research - such as informed consent - are predominantly individualistic and devised for conventional research settings and outputs. Research on conflict, or in post conflict settings, often takes place on different terms. This presentation discusses three challenges associated with conducting such research. (1) Relationships between interviewer, interviewee and community. (2) Negotiating shifting patterns of violence and conflict. (3) Control and ownership of testimony and research in a media age. Through a discussion of these challenges the presentation offers  some thoughts on what constitutes an 'enabling ethics' for conflict research.

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