Third Annual Methodology Conference: SOAS

14 March 2015 - Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

LCSS has successfully produced the third annual methodology conference with a special focus on Regional Studies and the methodological considerations and implications which may arise in researching such areas. The flagship methodology conference, running for the third year, has become our annual event in which methodology is discussed through specific areas and scholarly research.

The first event of the Regional Studies Platform was a success in bringing together researchers, especially of those in the Regional Studies under one roof. Academics as well as professionals from disciplines all over the UK joined us, engaging and establishing a mutual interest in the discipline. The conference held at the Vernon Square Campus, SOAS began with a keynote speech by Prof Gilbert Achcar, SOAS proceeding with a panel entitled “The Middle East: Varying Approaches in Socio-Economic Transformation” with an array of interesting and thought-provoking debates emerging from the presentations of the conference, enabling the delegates to take home with them newly-gained insights and findings to feed into their own research and studies. The second panel discussion chaired by Dr Shevket Hylton Akyildiz, SOAS featured migrant communities and post-structuralist discourse analysis. The final panel, which began with a keynote from Dr Maria Iacovou, University of Cambridge discussed Methodology in the 21st  Century following onto an intense and interesting discussion of Feminist Methodology & Research in Regional Studies. This conference also provided an invaluable opportunity for networking and new contacts to be formed for future projects and furthering the Regional Studies Platform. A post-conference meal was also organised at the Kilis Kitchen Restaurant, Angel for the presenters and audience to be able to carry their discussion and celebrate.

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