Sara de Wit
Sara de Wit, graduated in African Studies (research) Leiden University
An enriching experienceAmong the things that I cherish most has been the possibility to share in the outstanding expertise and devotion of the lecturers. Their longstanding experience in the field of African Studies – with varying disciplinary backgrounds and a wide array of thematic interests – allowed us to dwell in enthusiasm and curiosity. That being said, it's not something you can just easily do it 'on the side'..
The training in ethnographic methods and the six months of fieldwork have been a good preparation for carrying out independent research during my PhD. The greatest merit of having followed this trajectory, in my view, is that it allows you to develop a particular sensitivity and meta-reflexive approach towards the knowledge that we generate; an invaluable lens to think critically and creatively. Given the intensity of the programme, it's wiser to fully engulf yourself in it and get carried away.
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