Examples of Student Work
Students in this programme come from multiple countries and disciplinary backgrounds, which facilitates some interesting projects together. Students participate in online poster presentation sessions to share and give feedback on each other's work. One example of this is a poster presentation session on the topic of Visually Representing ‘Regulation’ and ‘Criminalisation’ in Africa: Mapping Multiple Perceptions of Multilayered Challenges.
Through live video interaction on skype, the students’ poster presentations examined contemporary media representations of regulation, illegality and criminalisation in Africa. The seminar was facilitated by Dr. Sam Spiegel, a lecturer at the Centre of African Studies who earlier in the course provided students with a 3-part video lecture series on the theme of Regulation, Criminalisation and Inequality: Situating Resource Struggles in Africa, linking the course readings and a rap music video with his field research in small-scale mining communities and experiences advising United Nations organisations in Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
In advance of the poster forum, the students analysed newspaper articles, academic texts and created visual “mind map” diagrams to illustrate and explore a plurality of perspectives on contemporary regulatory controversies. Each student in the poster forum presented different themes and theoretical debates, including the following presentations, for example:
- ‘Mapping the Politics of Child Labour in Burkina Faso’
- ‘Mapping Links Between Oil Pipelines and Conflict in Sudan’
- ‘Mapping the Eviction of Mogadishu Squatters in Somalia’
- ‘Mapping the Criminalisation of Rhino Hunting in South Africa’
- ‘Mapping Perceptions of Somali Pirates and the Hijacking of Vessels’