Undergraduate Research Field Trip to Latvia and Estonia, February 2019

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Eight successful applicants from the BEAR Network will join twelve third-year undergraduate students from the University of Glasgow for a field trip to the Baltic region. The trip takes place across three cities: Riga (Latvia), Narva and Tallinn (Estonia) where the students will experience a rich program of cultural and research-based activities.This field trip, designed for upper-level undergraduate students in the Social Sciences, provides students with an opportunity to consider how to conduct research ‘in the field’.

The research activities will include reflexive observations of the spaces (focusing on public monuments and museums), meetings with local experts, and reflexive discussion of how the experience of being in the field challenges, or modifies, pre-conceived ideas.

Participants will be expected to compose short, reflexive research diaries based on their time on the field trip. Additionally, each student will write a research proposal. This will set out a hypothetical (but feasible) research project that the student could conduct in the region. The aim of the field trip is to invite students to engage with the complexities of studying a foreign country, and to reflect on how we can produce high-quality research despite these complexities.



10 February:      Arrival in Riga

11 February:      Visit to Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, including Q&A with museum staff; Visit to Žanis Lipke Memorial and discussion with staff.

12 February:      Tour of Latvia’s National Library

13 February:      Travel to Narva

14 February:      Discussion with Kristina Kallas (Director of Narva College, Leader of Political Party        Estonia 200, and Head of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Integration Foundation). Observation exercises in Narva.

15 February:      Travel to Tallinn

16 February:      Tour of Museum of Occupations and Freedom; Visit to ‘Bronze Statue’

17 February:      Departure from Tallinn

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