How does the context of war effect the method? Qualitative research in/on armed conflicts


A lecture by

Teresa Koloma Beck PhD

Tuesday May 12

5:00 pm 


The lecture discussed the main challenges for social science research in/on violent conflict and its implications for developing methodological approaches. Scientific knowledge is supposed to be produced through systematic and controlled processes of data gathering and analysis. Drawing on experiences from ethnographic research on everyday life in war and postwar societies undertaken in Angola and Mozambique, the lecture will discuss how this ideal is practically challenged in contexts influenced by violence and conflict.


Teresa Koloma Beck holds a PhD in social sciences and is currently heading the research group »Violence and Social Spaces« at the Centre Marc Bloch at Humboldt University Berlin. Prior to that she worked as a substitute professor for International Conflict Management at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University, Germany, as well as in interdisciplinary research projects on civil war and post-civil war societies. Her research focuses on the everyday dynamics of violence and conflict in a globalised world. She has conducted extensive field research in Angola and Mozambique. Among her publications are The normality of civil war (Campus, 2012) and Transitional Justice Theories (2014, Routledge, co-edited with S. Buckley-Zistel, C. Braun and F. Mieth).


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