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“Can the Somali Speak?”

October 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Location:2017 Dunton Tower

THE INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN STUDIES, THE INSTITUTE FOR COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN LITERATURE, ART AND CULTURE (ICSLAC) & SAHAN LITERARY FORUM PRESENT: “Can the Somali Speak?” Wednesday, 7 October, 4pm, Dunton Tower, Room 2017 With Safia Aidid, PhD Candidate, Harvard University & Hawa Y Mire, MES Candidate, York University.

Safia Aidid is a PhD Candidate in History at Harvard University. Her research interests include empire, decolonization and state-making, national and cultural imaginaries, political geography, and historical ethnography. She is now working on a dissertation titled “Ethiopia, Greater Somalia and the Somali Nationalist Imagination,” which examines Somali nationalism and its interaction with the Ethiopian state between 1943 and 1988.

Hawa Y. Mire is a diasporic Somali storyteller, writer, and strategist who focuses on themes of Blackness and Indigeniety, (dis)connection and (un)belonging. Her writing is seated somewhere between oral tradition and the written word, celestial and myth, past and present, ancestry and spirit. An MES candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, her research incorporates traditional Somali stories with discourses of constructed identity while pulling from archival histories of resistance and radical curatorial practices.

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