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Reimagining Somali Studies: A Reflection Blog

  About a month ago, “Re-Imagining Somali Studies: Colonial Pasts, Postcolonial Futures,” a paradigm-shifting Somali Studies workshop, took place at Harvard University. Its catalyst, #CadaanStudies, began a little more than a year ago with Safia Aidid’s call to action about erasure and the nature of epistemic violence on Somalis through an academic discipline known as Somali Studies, of which most Somalis had no knowledge of despite its...

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Six Poems on #CadaanStudies by Mohamed Eno Blog

Haash-Taag Cadaaneed   Anoo haruur gurtoo sita haan caanuhu ka huluq leeya Ku ma hamin inaan ka hadlo haash-taag caddaaneede Balse ha moodin hadal la’aanteyda inaan hurdeysnahaye Waa hubaal Safiyooy in halganka loo hanweynnahaye Hambalyaanna idin wadaa iyo hal iyo nirigteede Iga hooya hadiyadaad ku hanateen hash-taag caddaaneedka Weynu hor degnaa hadeey korodhu halista dagaalladu e Hoobiye kol leysku garaacayo ka ma hakano duulaanku e...

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The Fear Amongst Ourselves Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #6 Mogadishu, Somalia The fear of insecurity disconnects people in the neighborhood. It creates unspeakable walls between us. We meet and exchange greetings, all very short: Asalaamu alaikum. Wa alaikum asalaam. We do not get to know each other by names. We have lived here, a district in Mogadishu, for almost two years. Every day I take a walk around the area with my mother. When we...

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Translation Not Possible Blog

There is an episode of Star Trek’s The Next Generation (yes, I am a sci-fi nerd) where we are introduced to an alien species that only communicates through metaphors and allegories. This method of communication is incomprehensible to others who only hear the nonsensical strings of individual words, even with the technology to translate languages universally. Whenever I watch an old Somali riwaayad, the ones...

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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

In this episode, we discuss a British run dhaqan celis camp in Wales; #cadaanstudies as an analytic to question and disrupt the narratives of the ‘war on terror’; deaf advocacy in the Somali community, and more.


In the Archives Blog

In February of 2015, my father, Said Sheikh Samatar, took a fall down the stairs of his home in South Orange, NJ and suffered a brain injury from which he did not recover. A year later, I am thinking about him through his things. These things are objects that carry words, written and recorded. They are in my office, some of them still in boxes....

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