Ethics Workshop

 Ethics workshop within a larger 2day international workshop on Migration, War, and Repatriation

On May 2 and 3,  the Academics for Repatriation and the REGGUIDE team organized a two-day international workshop with 20 interdisciplinary scholars, focusing on “Women, Men, and Children in Syrian Camps and Prisons – Migration, War, and Repatriation” at Radboud University Nijmegen.

The workshop comprised five sessions. The first session delved into the complex issues of Repatriation, Re-integration, and Restoration. The second session explored Repatriation as a lens on nation, citizenship, and security. In the third session, the politics of gender and race were dissected. The fourth session investigated the possibilities for solidarity and speaking out.

The closing roundtable explored the ethics and challenges of working with such a contested theme and group of people. The ethics roundtable was thoughtfully designed to address three pivotal ethical considerations that are integral to navigating the complexities of research and engagement. First, the concept of “Hierarchy of credibility” prompts reflection on how credibility and the right to be heard are interwoven in one’s personal research experience. This raises critical questions about whose voices are prioritized and the ethical implications of such choices.

Second, “Professional integrity” was a key focus, inviting participants to contemplate whether developing empathy for the subjects of study enhances or challenges the researcher’s professional integrity. This question encourages a deeper exploration of the researcher’s relationship with the studied community and the ethical responsibilities inherent in this dynamic.

Lastly, the principle of “Multi-sided partiality” emphasizes the acknowledgment of multiple perspectives without sacrificing impartiality. This ethical consideration encourages researchers to embrace a nuanced understanding of various viewpoints, fostering a more comprehensive and empathetic approach to complex issues.

The inclusion of these three ethical questions in the roundtable underscored the commitment to ethical rigor and nuanced reflection, contributing to a richer understanding of the challenges inherent in research and engagement within sensitive contexts.

The two-day workshop, particularly the ethics workshop, was very inspiring and highlighted the need for exchange around such challenging questions.