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Pasts and futures of research ethics in the African contexts 
Abdul-Gafar Oshodi (Lagos State University)
Susann Baller (Centre Marc Bloch Berlin)
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Politics and International Relations (x) Decoloniality & Knowledge Production (y)
Philosophikum, S76
Saturday 3 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the politics and practices of research ethics in African contexts. It inquires past and present experiences, norms and institutional settings, and it raises the question of how research ethics may impact future research and research collaboration in and on Africa.

Long Abstract:

African futures depend on trusted, reliable and accessible knowledge production in and on Africa. This explains a renewed interest in research ethics. Not only has research ethics been institutionalised in many educational institutions in Africa, but an Africa-centred ethics is gaining momentum. Moreover, ethical issues in research collaborations between Global South and North partners, and decolonization of ethics among other issues are to be considered. Stakeholders are becoming more aware of the need to accommodate African-centred ethics protocols for researches on the continent while ethical responses to the so-called “mosquito” science, or “helicopter research” are gaining traction. In this context, however, researchers, participants, communities, and funders are becoming aware of the need for, and challenges in existing African approaches. Yet, there is little documentation of what has worked – or haven’t – in most of these cases. This panel welcomes researchers who share experiences and lessons of how they have engaged in research ethics in their work in Africa. The panel asks how norms of what is “ethical” have been established, and it raises questions on how institutional contexts, and issues of funding impact ethical research. In addition, the panel will also welcome interventions that seeks to (re)imagine newer or alternative approaches to conducting ethical research in Africa. Thus, the panel invites papers that not only share useful experiences of how, for instance, institutionalised ethics application work(ed)s, but the panel also discusses how some of its challenges can be – or have been – meaningfully addressed in the African context.

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Session 1 Saturday 3 June, 2023, -