CALL FOR AFRICAN EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS (ECRs) INTERESTED IN EDUCATION, URBAN ISSUES, YOUTH AND COLLABORATIVE/PARTICIPATORY/STORYTELLING RESEARCH APPROACHES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE IBALI NETWORK
iBali is an exciting new academic network led by the Open University in the UK and funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. It brings together leading African and other global experts in storytelling approaches, youth, urban issues and education – all with a commitment to alternative, creative and collaborative ways of surfacing and valuing knowledge. iBali intends to showcase, develop, share and apply methodological approaches using storytelling to address challenging issues in urban education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can find out more about the network and its partners on our website (http://ibali-net.org) and Twitter feed @iBaliNetwork.
In 2017-2018 iBali will host a funded programme of networking events and resources. These include a methodological development workshop in South Africa in March 2018, an interactive web-platform, mentoring support and a bid-writing workshop in Kenya in August 2018.
This is a call for expressions of interest for ECRs to attend the methodological development workshop in South Africa in March 2018. There are up to 10 funded places available (including travel, workshop attendance, accommodation and meals). The workshop will: focus on conceptualising, sharing and developing skills in storytelling methodologies; work with young people to test out and refine the methodologies; partner ECRs with experienced mentors and; pave the way for the development of collaborative research proposals.
We are looking for early career academics whose research focuses on issues of youth learning, education, schools, or urban challenges and opportunities in Africa (or, even better, a combination of these). If you have experience in participatory facilitation, using storytelling approaches in research or working creatively with young people we’d love to hear from you. If you don’t have specific experience in these areas but can demonstrate a commitment to the ideas, values and principles embedded in working and researching in this way, then please do apply.
If you would like to be considered for a place on the workshop, please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) and a letter outlining your interest in the workshop, your relevant experience and an indication of how you might use storytelling approaches in future research (maximum 2 pages) to email@example.com by Friday 1st December.
Please note that as the purpose of the networking scheme is to support academics from, and institutions in, ODA-recipient countries, funding will only be available for applicants who are a national of an African country on this list and who can demonstrate (in their application) a commitment to developing an academic career in a country on this list. We have adopted a very broad definition of ‘early career researcher’, although applicants must have a Master’s degree as a minimum qualification. Please also note that if accepted, you must commit to being available Thursday 22nd – Thursday 29th March 2018 inclusive. If you have any questions about applying, please contact Dr Alison Buckler (network lead) on firstname.lastname@example.org.