The Ethics of Studying Forced Mobilities: Webinar

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020

Conducting research with vulnerable groups such as forced migrants necessitates a critical consideration of the ethical aspects of research. The specific ethical challenges of forced migration research relate, for example, to the unequal power relations embedded in the research context, traumatic experiences and precarious legal statuses of many forced migrants, and the politicization of the context in which the research takes place.

While ethical reviews by research ethics committees are becoming more common, the practices and processes are still taking shape, and it is not guaranteed that committees would have members with expertise in forced migration research. Moreover, conducting research with people with traumatic experiences can be difficult for researchers themselves, especially if the researcher has also experienced (forced) migration. Many scholars are also acting both as researchers and as activists, and balancing between these two roles may be ethically challenging. Hence, it is important to create dialogue on ethical questions between researchers of forced migration.

The purpose of this event is to discuss the ethical aspects of forced migration research by underlining the researchers’ need to critically reflect on their positionality in research and to recognize the ingrained power relations and vulnerabilities, as well as the agency of research participants.

The webinar consists of a symposium on Wednesday, October 7, featuring two keynote speeches and a Q&A session, and a workshop on Thursday, October 8 (fully booked). The webinar is organized with Zoom. 

Registration and further information

The webinar is open to everyone interested, but registration is needed for receiving the link for online participation. 

Please register for the webinar no later than September 23, 2020.

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Last updated: 17.9.2020