LCSS Annual PhD Methodology Conference: Methodological Considerations and Implications in Regional Studies

Mar 14, 2015 09:00

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

LCSS Annual PhD Methodology Conference: Methodological Considerations and Implications in Regional Studies

The 3rd of LCSS PhD Methodology conferences will focus on Regional Studies specifically covering Eastern Europe, Central Asia & Caucasus and The Middle East.
This one-day conference is aimed at discussing the methodologies and methods utilized in their research, the challenges they face and alternative perspectives in studying Regional studies.

The goal is to provide an occasion for researchers to present their methodological approaches, reflect on their research and gain feedback from their peers interested in the same field of study. This conference also aims to encourage and consider alternative tools and sources, covering a variation of methodologies, whilst debating and discussing research in Regional Studies.

The conference series is an opportunity for early-career researchers and academics from a range of disciplines to meet and share their experiences.

We welcome submissions from all studying Eastern Europe, Central Asia & Caucasus and The Middle East, using interdisciplinary approaches and a variety of research methods.

The conference will focus on:

  • Methodological choices: Why have you chosen this methodological approach in particular? How would you justify your chosen methodology? How do methodological choices influence the formulation of the research question and design? How has this methodology shaped and guided your research? How and where do you find the sample group for your research? Methodological tools used to conduct your research i.e. surveys, interviews, focus group etc.
  • Methodological dominance: What is the dominant methodology adopted in your field and in the study of specific cases? Have you deployed use of the dominant methodology?
  • Use of new technology/ tools: Have you adopted new technology within your methodology? If so, how have you applied the use of new technological tools? Has the application of new technology within your methodology contributed to your research? What particular analysis technique will you be adopting for your research?
  • Setbacks and encounters: What challenges have you faced in deploying research approaches and methods whilst studying these regions in particular? What have you encountered whilst applying theory into practice?
  • Ethical issues: What are the types of ethical issues involved in utilizing particular methodologies or methods in Regional Studies? What ethical issues are important to consider when conducting your research?

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Gilbert Achcar, Department of Development Studies, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK
Dr. Maria Iacovou, Director of Social Sciences Research Methods Centre (SSRMC), University of Cambridge, UK

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Dates to Remember

LCSS Annual PhD Methodology Conference: Methodological Considerations and Implications in Regional Studies

Important Dates

19th January 2015- Abstract submission deadline

26th January 2015- Paper notification

20th February 2015- Registration deadline

14th March 2015- Conference


14 March 2015

LCSS Annual PhD Methodology Conference: Methodological Considerations and Implications in Regional Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Vernon Square, Penton Rise, London



The conference Programme

We are pleased to announce that the conference programme for the LCSS Annual PhD Methodology Conference “Methodological Considerations and Implications in Regional Studies” is now available.


Abstract submission is now closed.


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January 19th – Abstract submission deadline

Authors who submit an abstract of a paper confirm that they have not been published previously or simultaneously elsewhere and that they are not planning to present or publish them prior to the dates of this Conference.

The Conference Committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts on the basis of the following criteria: novelty of the research, significance of the findings, and clarity. Abstracts must describe in a succinct manner the purposes and findings of the research so that the quality, originality, and comprehensiveness of the work can be evaluated by the Conference Committee. Titles should be indicative of the content of the abstract and nonstandard abbreviations should be avoided. Other abbreviations may be used in the body of the abstract if they are defined at their first mention in the text. If an abstract is poorly written such that the Conference Committee cannot determine its novelty and importance, the paper will not be accepted for presentation at the conference.

The accuracy of the submitted abstract is the responsibility of the authors. Every effort will be made to publish the abstract exactly as submitted. Authors should prepare and proofread their abstracts carefully before submission. Errors made on submitted abstract are likely to appear in print. The organising committee reserves the right to do copy editing and minor changes for the purposes of coherence and consistency of style. Because of administrative and time constraints, supplemental data submitted along with the abstracts cannot be transmitted to the Conference Committee for review.

The body of the abstract should not exceed 500 words and the documents should be in word files (extensions allowed .doc, .docx, .rtf, .tex).

All presenters must register to attend the Conference. If an abstract is accepted and the presenter does not register, the abstract may be withdrawn. Selected paper to be prepared after the conference will be considered for post-conference publications. For the paper submission please use the red link on the top of this page.

All submissions will be assessed through a blind-review process according to following criteria:

  • Potential contribution to the debates in the field
  • Potential for stimulating debate in the Conference
  • Freshness of the content, novelty and originality
  • Formulation of the research/policy question
  • Data and methodology
  • Quality of writing and presentation

NOTE: Further guidelines for full paper submissions will be provided in due course. The selection process will be based on the variety of methodologies and methods implemented throughout the course of the research, rather than the topic itself.

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