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IfL Research Workshop #8

Leipzig and online

The eighth edition of the IfL Research Workshop deals with questions of spatial research practice under conditions of authoritarianism, conflict and war. There is still a limited number of places available!

Next to the growing presence of reactionary and right-wing movements, lingering ethnical conflicts and the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and its repercussions are affecting everyday life and social developments in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. Throughout the world, the effects of authoritarian and reactionary tendencies as well as consequences of crises and conflicts can be felt more strongly recently, contesting our research in many ways. Urged by this current situation, questions increase on how we react to such conditions in our research practice.

The IfL research workshop wants to address and deepen these debates, and create a forum of the exchange of experiences and knowledge on field research under conditions of authoritarianism, conflicts, and war, by integrating focused inputs, open discussion formats, and diverse examples from various geographical research fields. Among others we will debate questions about the research practice, ethics considering vulnerabilities and sensibilities, evolving moral dilemmas, and technical questions.

We will open the event with a lunch-time online panel debate on Wednesday, 22 March. Two researchers with different geographic, thematic and disciplinary backgrounds will discuss major challenges of research in conflictual contexts in light of their own experiences. Later on Wednesday, an EEGA Science lounge will invite all interested people to join a debate on matters of positionality between journalism and research on such sensitive matters as the war in Ukraine. Two intensive Workshop days will follow, with feedback on individual paper presentations of the participants, stories on various field work experiences under authoritarianism, conflicts, and war, a world café to discuss further and a research guide to be questioned.

Download programme as pdf

Format and fees

Parts of the research workshop will take place in a hybrid format. Fees below EUR 50 will arise.


Dr Kristine Beurskens, k_beurskens(at)

Dr Tim Leibert, t_leibert(at)