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Innovative Research Methods

Innovative Research Methods is a community-based space for exploring new and creative ways of conducting, displaying and utilising academic research. Master's or Bachelor's students are encouraged to share their visual and digital research projects, discuss with peers and get new ideas for developing their research. The platform also combines best practices of other disciplines, working towards a skills hub.

Products by Master students making use of innovative research methods. The latest project is a co-production between Mahlet Ayele Beyecha and the Voice4Thought team using film to capture the challenges and paradoxes of the Rastafari community in Shasheme, Ethiopia.

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MA Series

Sankofa: Voices of the Rastafari from Ethiopia

Master students African Studies provide updates of their fieldwork and thesis writing experiences. The aim is to archive the research process, which will facilitate the thesis writing process. Below find the latest posts. For an overview see, the project pages.

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21st Century (2019/20)Course reflections+4

What’s your story?

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21st Century (2019/20)MA Series+1

Have you met… Christine?

We work on a section with course materials on methods and tools with links to assignments Ethnographic writing, Narrative analysis, Podcasts, Infographics and Logo making (now collected on the page Course materials). Below find a link to an essay about the course by student Charlotte Simons. 

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21st Century (2019/20)Course reflections

Utilizing mixed media strategies to continuously evolve as a digital humanist

Artists reflections on contemporary history present important insights to academia. In 2017, artist Sapin Makengele and Master students History and African Studiese entered a process of co-creation resulting in a drawing of the Congo crisis. From here students explored various aspects of the crisis together with Makengele. The project also inspired the birth of a new project about the artists and the Cameroon crisis

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

A Blank Spot in the Drawing: The Organisation of African Unity and the Congo Crisis

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

Provoking the History of Independence Through Music

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

South African reactions to the Congo Crisis

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

Algeria, Tshombe and the Congo Crisis: A History of “Black Skin and White Masks” ?

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

Unsilencing through Lumumba’s Tooth

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

Music in Mobutu’s Congo

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

Presenting Patrice Lumumba: an Introduction

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

Mobutu: The Practice and Reception of Power

Congo crisisNegotiating Power in Africa

Conflict, Chaos and the Cold War: The UN and the Congo Crisis

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Cameroon CrisesNegotiating Power in Africa+1

Peter Wuteh Vakunta’s Gravitas: The Paradox of a Cameroonian Identity

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Blick BassyCameroon Crises+1

Creating the History of a Forgotten War: Blick Bassy, Um Nyobè, and The UPC

Gaining fieldwork experience is essential for students before heading to Africa to do their Master's research. These projects present multimodal publications of students who explored different mixed and multimodal methods during field research in The Hague.

21st Century (2019/20)Africa in the Hague+1

Consuming African Cultures in the Hague

Music - Africa in the Hague

Mama Africa in the Hague

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Money Transfer Services in The Hague: An overview

Africa in the HagueStreet names & colonial past - Africa in the Hague

Decolonizing the public sphere – The Jan van Riebeek street in The Hague