SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

New developments in Somali Studies


Date: 26 October 2012Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 26 October 2012Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Panel 1: Somali Studies: Influences of Young Somali Academics on Somali Studies.
Chair: Idil Osman

Somali Studies has long been dominated by non-Somali scholars and focused heavily on history, politics and anthropology. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of scholars of Somali origin, albeit most based in foreign universities, as well (and often working in collaboration with) non-Somalis conducting research in Somali Studies. Even more interestingly, the subject matters are more diverse and reflect a broader range of Somali issues. This session will discuss the implications for all those involved, and will showcase some of the up and coming research being done in the field of Somali Studies. Contributors include, Dr Laura Hammond, Senior lecturer at the department of Development Studies in SOAS, Siham Rayale, Phd candidate researching on ‘Women and Political Participation’ at SOAS, Michael Walls, Lecturer in Development Studies at UCL, Ridwan Osman PHD candidate researching on ‘Civic Education in Somaliland’ at Cambridge University and Dr Martin Orwin, Senior Lecturer in Somali and Amharic Languages and Head of department of Language and Culture of Africa at SOAS.

Panel 2:  Mogadishu: The heart of Somalia crisis for the last 20 years
Chair: Dr Laura Hammond

Mogadishu has been at the hard of Somalia’s civil war for decades now and there has been great international involvement and effort to stabilize the city however, it is proving to be extremely challenging. We will screen a short documentary produced by Idil Osman about the aftermath of the droughts. We will then discuss the security situation, politics and civil society’s initiatives and foreign involvement. We will speak to experts who live in Mogadishu or who recently visited the city such as Roland Marchal research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris, Abdi Dhuh Yusuf , Director of the National Theatre in Mogadishu, Mary Harper, BBC World Service Africa Editor, Idil Osman, Journalist and PhD candidate and Nick Kay, Africa Director, the Foreign and commonwealth Office.

Fee £10

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Organiser: CAS, as part of the Somali Week Festival

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