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Conducting Social Science Research in Risky Environments @ Cappella - Villa Schifanoia
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conducting Social Science Research in Risky Environments

This one-day workshop aims to discuss new trends in social science research carried out in risky contexts, the challenges posed to the safety and security of researchers and informants, as well as the impact of these trends and challenges on knowledge production.

It will gather a group of experienced researchers from a number of European universities and institutions who carry out fieldwork in challenging environments (because of the subject of their research and/or of the regions in which they conduct their fieldwork).

The workshop endeavours to provide a space to discuss the constraints, risks and challenges of conducting research in risky environments, as well as to share experiences and ideas with the aim of reaching consensus on best practice.

The workshop will be structured as an informal roundtable, which will be initiated by a welcome from the EUI President and an introductory session to present a set of questions that will later guide the discussions. A tour de table will introduce the researchers present and their experiences, before initiating the informal discussion, which will take an academic as well as practical approach.

Scientific organisers:

Virginie Collombier | European University Institute

Francesco Strazzari | Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa


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MEDirections Book Presentation | A discussion with Robert Springborg on his new book ‘Egypt’ @ Cappella - Villa Schifanoia
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

22 January 2018      

Cappella, Villa Schifanoia – 16.00-18.00

The MEDirections programme organises a discussion with Robert Springborg to discuss his new book ‘Egypt’ (POLITY PRESS, 2017).

The book offers a detailed account of the recent changes both within the state and civil society in Egypt after the January 2011 uprising. It analyses the governance crisis in today’s Egypt by deconstructing the concept of the deep state, analysing the civil-military relations, as well as the crisis of both the political and civil society. The Egyptian “hot spot”, Springborg argues, is destined to become steadily hotter, with ominous implications for its peoples, the Middle East and North Africa, and the wider world.

Robert Springborg is a Research Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs, Rome. Formerly, he was Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, and Programme Manager for the Middle East for the Center for Civil-Military Relations; the holder of the MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he also served as Director of the London Middle East Institute. Previously, he was the Director of the American Research Center in Egypt.

To register: here

Organiser: Georges Fahmi

Speaker: Prof. Robert Springborg (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA)