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Core Course

Centre of Latin American Studies


Research Methods and Frameworks

Referencing and Citational Practices (for all students)

Liesbeth François

7 November 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 | Room 204, CLAS, ARB

This seminar provides an introduction to the practical and political aspects of referencing and citation in academic research. We will discuss the various functions of references, and the implications of who we choose to cite in our work, and how. Likewise, we will look at the role and nature of citations from the angle of research integrity. The session also aims to offer practical tips and tools for organising notes and articles and for creating bibliographies, for instance using reference management softwares such as Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.

In preparation for the seminar, students are asked to read the following:



‘El (remote) Campo’: Preparing for Fieldwork in Latin America (for those considering doing fieldwork)

Dr. Aiko Ikemura Amaral (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Dr Alejandra Díaz de León (El Colegio de México)

Workshop  - Wednesday 1 March 2023, Room 204

This two-session workshop is intended to introduce and discuss issues emerging from fieldwork research in Latin America. The goal is to encourage students to reflect on their fieldwork preparation and research practices. In a (post) COVID-19-pandemic world, some methodological approaches have become restricted. Yet, this has allowed for an increased interest on digital and remote methods for data collection, new research questions and issues and a growing attention for online environments as actual field sites. While a lot has changed, fieldwork remains an important element of research and this workshop intends to address common themes associated with this experience, allowing students the space to talk about their expectations, try methods and raise questions. Another important objective is to reflect on ethical concerns, power asymmetries and extractivist approaches reproduced through fieldwork in the Global South.

The workshop will be divided into four main themes: fieldwork preparation, accessing 'the field', doing fieldwork and leaving ‘the field’. Prior to the first section, students will be required to produce a short description of their research project and to read two short texts. In the week between the sessions, students will be asked to perform a task where they will be able to put some of their skills into practice. Providing a basic tool kit for research in the context of a pandemic, and laying the groundwork for a debate on longer-standing themes surrounding fieldwork, this workshop hopes to provide a useful introduction for those aiming to go to ‘the field’ now and/or in a less convoluted future.

Before Monday 1st of November, participants are required to send the convenors a paragraph no longer than 150 words in which they explain: their research topic, their research question (if they have one), and the methodology they are thinking of using. This will help us tailor the workshop to you.


  • Leurs, K., & Prabhakar, M. (2018). Doing Digital Migration Studies: Methodological Considerations for an Emerging Research Focus.
  • En R. Zapata-Barrero & E. Yalaz (Eds.), Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies (pp. 247–266). Springer International Publishing. 
  • Manning, J. (2016). Constructing a Postcolonial Feminist Ethnography, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 5 (2) pp. 90-105
  • de Seta, Gabriele. (2018). Three Lies of Digital EthnographyAnthrodendum


MPhil Research Day

Friday, 12 May 2023 | Room 204, CLAS, ARB

An informal event with two main purposes:

  • to give you feedback on your research and to share ideas between yourselves and members of staff (this is an exercise to exchange ideas, and not in any way an assessment). 
  • to help you organise your own ideas (one of the main benefits of having to present your work to others). 

Each student will present for about 15 minutes, followed by a conversation with other students and staff. Feel free to present as you find best: this can involve slides or hand-outs, but just speaking is perfectly fine too.