Finding Ways to Work on Yemen: Fieldwork in Times of War and Conflict
How to do anthropological or field based historical research when fieldwork is no longer possible? In this lecture Marina de Regt will discuss the challenges she encounters as an anthropologist working on Yemen, and the various ways in which she tries to continue doing research despite the ongoing war. She makes a plea for an engaged anthropology, in which researchers put their knowledge and expertise at use in order to lessen violence and encourage social and political change.
Marina de Regt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is specialized in gender, labour, migration and development in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, and in particular Yemen and Ethiopia. Her dissertation Pioneers or Pawns? Women Health Workers and the Politics of Development in Yemen was published by Syracuse University Press in 2007. In her post-doctoral research (2003-2006) she studied migrant domestic workers in Yemen, particularly Ethiopian and Somali women. In the academic year 2011/2012 Marina was research fellow that the International Research Center “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” at Humboldt University in Berlin. She was one of the principal researchers of the research project Time to look at girls: Adolescent Girls Migration and Development, and contributed to the production of the two documentary films: Young and Invisible (2007) and 2 Girls (2016). She is currently the project leader of the WOTRO funded project Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan: Early Marriages in Perspective.