Researching redress: reflections on methods and methodology

Event details

Panel Discussion

Date & time

Wednesday 21 March 2018


Lecture Theatre 2.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building (120), McCoy Circuit, ANU
ANU Canberra


Alex Jeffrey, Sara Kendall and Ilana Feldman. Facilitator: Rachel Hughes.


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Please note: This is a public session and all are welcomed to join.

Irus Braverman writes that ‘the potential for […] reflections on our highly routinized ways of working cannot be overstated’, adding that ‘one’s choice of methodology is hardly marginal or technical [rather] it is probably the most significant component of our work, the substrate for establishing our knowledge of the world’ (Braverman 2014).

In this panel discussion, three scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds (law, human geography and anthropology) will reflect on the methodologies they have found useful to research questions of justice and redress. These include ethnography, observation, ‘mapping’, digital ethnography, interviewing, and archival research. Panellists will also discuss whether researching calls for redress or justice necessitate a particular ethical stance on the part of the researcher.

About the panellist

Ilana Feldman is Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. She is a cultural and historical anthropologist who works in the Middle East. Her research has focused on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of historic Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship.

Alex Jeffrey is a Reader in Human Geography and Fellow of Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge. He is a political and legal geographer interested in state-building after conflict, particularly within the former Yugoslavia. His research has sought to contribute to debates concerning critical geopolitics, civil society and transitional justice.

Sara Kendall is Senior Lecturer in International Law and co-director of the Centre for Critical International Law at the University of Kent. She studies the discursive forms and material practices of international law and global governance. She is currently working on a book-length project on the International Criminal Court, in which she uses approaches and insights drawn from the humanities, the interpretive social sciences, and critical legal theory.

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