CSLS co-organizes a British Academy International Writing Workshop in Johannesburg

Members of CSLS, the Journal of Law and Society, and partner institutions, the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg gathered in Johannesburg earlier this year to run a British Academy-funded methodology writing workshop: Crafting Socio-Legal Methods: Local Realities and Global Debates workshop. The workshop involved 18 early career scholars from across Africa, promoting discussions about what methods are being used in the global South, how these reflect the need to decolonise research questions and empirical research, address epistemological inequalities, and foster South-South research collaborations.

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The workshop provided opportunities for early career scholars to examine the methodological, practical, and ethical issues involved in exploring law from a socio-legal and post-colonial perspective, drawing on such issues as collaboration, participatory methodologies, positionality, researching in fragile states, relying on government statistics, and ethics in context.

Participants in the workshop are working towards having an article ready to submit to a journal, as well as writing blog posts (see one great example here). CSLS, the Journal of Law Society, the University of Witwatersrand, and the University of Johannesburg are working together to create follow-up events evolving out of this workshop.

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