The Bukavu Series online exhibition explores the power dynamics between researchers from the Global North and the Global South.
The Series is a visual extension of the Silent Voices Blog: Bukavu Series, which discusses how knowledge is produced across academia and the ethical issues that arise from conducting research in conflict sites:
"How do you conduct research in a conflict setting, under uncertain security conditions, or in a post-conflict environment? What place does the researcher’s vulnerability occupy in debates about knowledge production? How do you work on sensitive subjects and go on living and not harming others? […] Is true academic collaboration between researchers from the Global North and South possible amid prevailing power dynamics?"
Available in English, French and Swahili.
The series is the outcome of a collaboration between Angaza Institute, the Groupe d’Etudes sur les Conflits/Sécurité Humanitaire (GEC-SH), Juwa (UCL) and the Conflict Research Group (Ghent University), and is hosted by the Governance in Conflict Network (GIC). The online exhibition is an initiative led by the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Governance in Conflict Network. The exhibition received funding from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Ghent University through the Conflict Research Programme, with additional translation support from the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at the LSE.