• When: October 14, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am — 5:00 pm
  • Location: Dunton Tower
  • Room: 2017
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Cost: Free


Carleton Hosts First Ever Annual Somali Studies Conference in Canada

Scholars Explore Challenges and Resilience of the Somali Diaspora

Ottawa, ON: Carleton University’s Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative will host the first ever colloquium focusing on Somali Studies in Canada. This day long, multidisciplinary event exploring the dynamic presence of Somalis in Canada and beyond will take place on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 in Dunton Tower Room 2017, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Academics, artists, frontline workers, and grassroots activists will come together to reflect on the diasporic Somali presence, focusing on the resilience, resistance, and diversity of Somali migrants and their communities. Scholars and community workers will also discuss barriers to integration in Canadian society and the lack of support experienced by both migrants and subsequent generations in Canada and internationally.

“Most of the Somali scholars presenting at this colloquium are those who arrived as young children or who were born here,” says Prof. Nimo Bokore from the School of Social Work at Carleton University. “This venue for annual exchange will benefit these new and promising scholars who will be accessing this space for creative collaboration, mentorships, networking opportunities, and developing new knowledge in Somali studies.”

This multidisciplinary colloquium will feature diverse topics such as:

  • Mental health and community health for Somalis in Canada
  • Intersections and parallels between the experiences of Somali and Indigenous communities
  • The impact of carding on the Somali diaspora in Ontario
  • Somali diasporic experiences in the Netherlands, UK, South Africa, and Canada
  • Narrative and storytelling in Somali studies

The Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative engages in individual and collaborative research activities in the humanities and social sciences that focus on the social, cultural, economic and political implications of the movement of people.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Nimo Bokore, Faculty of Social Work & Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative (nimo.bokore@carleton.ca), or William Felepchuk, PhD Student, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies & Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative (william.felepchuk@carleton.ca). Follow us for updates and information on Twitter @cusomalistudies.