This panel deals with doing research in ‘dangerous areas’ in Africa, areas regarded as ‘red zones’ on the maps of Foreign Affairs departments of European countries: ‘no-go zones’. The Great Lakes Region has (had) many of these ‘red areas’. Local universities in or near these areas are often functioning in very difficult circumstances, and ‘fieldwork’ is often regarded as ‘not possible’. Moreover, foreign researchers are often discouraged (or forbidden) to do research there. Those who do are confronted with many ethical dilemmas. Those who want to contribute to decolonizing the academe in these ‘conflict-affected areas’ often struggle with the fact that research is frequently more unequal and less participatory than elsewhere, as people use arguments of access and security to dismiss such ethical concerns. What are the experiences with countering this predicament?