Author Archives: Hawa Y Mire



Hawa Y Mire

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 practises.

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Episode 8: Somali Oral Traditions in Contemporary Art

This month’s special podcast examines contemporary Somali storytelling and orality and asks the ways in which oral tradition become taken up across creative fields. This podcast is moderated by Zeinab Aidid and features Abdi Latif Ega, Sofia Samatar, Ahmed Knowmadic and Ladan Osman.    

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31 Mar 2016
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Episode 6: Across Diaspora/Local Lines

In this episode, we discuss lobster dinners and mourning our dead, ways to complexify our ideas of the diaspora and the local, challenge ideas of authenticity and identity, the young inventor Guled Adan Abdi, and more.

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30 Jan 2016
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#AskMaandeeq

We’re getting ready to record our January MAANDEEQ podcast. You can tweet your questions or comments to us for our #AskMaandeeq segment, comment here or on Facebook, email or through AskFm. Don’t forget to keep sending us recent #CadaanStudies material – books, magazines, articles, lectures, television/film, art, advertisements – for our monthly #CadaanStudies roundup.

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12 Jan 2016
All Return Is Not The Same Return
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All Return Is Not The Same Return

Who is the Somali? I talk about this a lot lately. There’s few things we acknowledge in our ideas of what it means to be Somali and who is often restricted from that category. It is precisely the displacement of Somalis across the globe that places us in the position to have to think about clarifying identity more broadly. Somalis in the diaspora are clamouring...

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24 Nov 2015
The Politics of Being Somali in East Africa
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The Politics of Being Somali in East Africa

Dispatches #4 Arusha – These last few weeks in Arusha have taught me what it means to exist as a body that is read differently from the average Tanzanian. There’s no question that my Blackness gives me a particular kind of African membership, but my body is still viewed peculiarly. My hair produces the greatest confusion. When it is uncovered people ask me if I’m...

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30 Aug 2015
Rooting in East African Soil
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Rooting in East African Soil

Dispatches, No. 3 Arusha I have just landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya for a three month extended stay in Arusha, Tanzania. As I walk out the airplane doors I am greeted by the familiarity of dense air mingling with the dust that comes just before the rain. I can’t stop the smile that bursts across my face. As I walk...

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13 Aug 2015
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