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In a time where we become more and more dependent on technology and the internet, the growing significance of digital research skills is undeniable and essential for conducting research or writing your thesis.

Event details of Digital skills in the study of the Middle East and North Africa
Date 2 December 2021
Time 17:00 -18:30

While most students know their way around online databases and catalogues, “Wayback machines”, and shady websites to retrieve free pdfs from academic books, some students may still struggle in developing a methodology based on digital research methods. The use of online and digital technologies to collect and analyse research data can be valuable for every student in the field of Middle Eastern studies as it offers novel ways to do research and offers the chance to access, generate, and analyse new kinds of data. Moreover, it might create new scholarly opportunities by presenting a different approach to researching contemporary social life.

To help students write their thesis, Prof. Dr Uğur Üngör reveals how students can enhance and develop their digital research methods in his workshop “A short, unconventional guide to studying Middle East conflicts”. He will specifically address how we can research places that are inhospitable and topics that are inaccessible. In this presentation, Üngör illustrates how oral history interviews can be combined with social media research and other methods to produce a patchwork methodology. In doing so, he will give examples from his research on Syria.

Marthe de Roos, Thesis Prize laureate 2019-2020, will elaborate on her experience with digital methods for her MA thesis on the Israeli ID card system. Due to the pandemic, De Roos was unable to travel to East Jerusalem to conduct ground fieldwork and close-to-data methods. She was therefore forced to adapt and employ alternative research methods involving the use of digital technologies. De Roos was also a participant in the ACMES research workshop on fieldwork during the pandemic in 2020.

The lectures are followed by the Thesis Prize Award Ceremony.

The event will be held online. Only thesis prize nominees and their invitees can attend the event on location. In order to attend, please register by sending an email to: acmes@uva.nl.