Personal and professional lives merging: experiencing the Self beyond the in-or outsider (Methods and Ethics in Fieldwork)

23-04-2018 from 12:00 to 14:00
Department of Conflict & Development Studies
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This lecture by Ghaliya Djelloul is part of CRG and MENARG's Methods and Ethics in Fieldwork seminar series.

What is at stake when thinking and writing about Africa from its diaspora, its elsewhere? Borrowing this interrogation from A. Mbembe (2013), this presentation aims to reflect on my position as a “midsider” during an ethnography based between Algeria and Europe and conducted in 2014-16, its advantages for navigating in a patriarchal and post-conflict environment, and the brain teaser it rises on ethical issues when conducting a research on “my people”.

As a “native”, on one hand, I start my research in the “inner” spaces of domestic life, and as an “immigrant”, on the other hand, I hold economic and symbolic resources allowing me to loosen my family’s control over my body’s mobility.

During these two years, intense subjective roundtrips finally helped a “travelling identity” to break out, allowing me modulate the “Selves” I embody, whether in a research context or not.

Ghaliya Djelloul is a PhD researcher and teaching assistant at the Université Catholique de Louvain. Her research covers intersections between gender and Islam. In 2013 she published the book “Parcours de féministes musulmanes Belges. De l’engagement dans l’islam aux droits des femmes".


This lecture is part of CRG and MENARG's Methods and Ethics in Fieldwork seminar series
MENARG and CRG kindly invite you to the following lectures, which are part of a series of research seminars on “Methods and Ethics in Fieldwork”. During these seminars national and international guests will be sharing their ‘story behind the findings’ with researchers from different departments, to have a profound reflection on methodological and ethical questions in performing empirical research.



The research seminars will take place at 12 o’clock in the Meeting room, Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Universiteitstraat 8 (1st floor), Ghent. For more information and registration, please contact