Reflection on the methodology for empirical research during the Covid-19 pandemic

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by Chandra Esser, Julia Bantouvaki, Jana Pirlein, Santiago Cuervo Escobar,Elena Schmid

The five students of Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder) Germany (Jana, Elena, Santiago, Chandra and Julia) have summed up the transition in their collaborative research to a non-physical and digital approach in the following shared reflection. As the strategic modus operandi in anthropological studies has been severely impacted on the course of the C-19 outbreak a careful consideration of alternative research methods is inevitable. Although attending viavideo call the planned conference in Zagreb, which facilitated a dialogue between experts from the Balkan region, the junior researchers were confronted with a new take on empirical data collection.It should be noted that their present state as junior researchers, located in Berlin and Frankfurt (Oder), impacts the following reflections as seen from a “not-physically-present” role. The aim of the research is to focus on two local activist movements in former Yugoslavia/Serbia: No Border Serbia and Women in Black Serbia (“Žene u crnom”).

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