First Footsteps in Europe: Among the British Blog

First Footsteps in Europe is a Somali ethnographic diary in three parts. I. Among the British London “Hiya” I paused for a moment, unable to quite decipher the meaning of this odd sounding term. Was it a hello, or a how are you? Hi…ya? The man’s unchanged expression left me no clues. I took a guess. “Hi, an earl grey tea please.” “Takeawayorsitin?” Take away...

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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

In this episode featuring four Somali women, we discuss narratives about Somali womanhood and the Somali woman’s body in Western discourse, Lady Tonge and white feminist fantasies, the upcoming Somali Studies International Association Congress, and more.


Rooting in East African Soil Blog / Dispatches

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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A Response to Organizers of the Somali Studies International Association Congress, Helsinki Blog

To the organizers of the SSIA Helsinki congress: It is regrettable that the belated first statement issued by Helsinki organizers on #CadaanStudies over four months after events is one that only confirms the central issues and questions that prompted the initial intervention. Interrogating how systems of power and histories of racialization and whiteness – key terms of the conversation inexplicably absent and sanitized from this...

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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

We are getting ready to record our second MAANDEEQ podcast and want to hear from you! 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.


The Ties that Bind, Pt. I Blog

June 28th, 2015: After an exhausting day at work, I plopped myself onto the leather couch in my living room, flipping on CP24—a fast-paced Torontonian news station that has become the choice ‘background noise’ channel at my house. A news story broke about the killing of two men in a condominium somewhere in downtown Toronto. The headline darted across the screen in caps: MAN WANTED IN DOUBLE...

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About Maandeeq

Maandeeq (she who “satisfies the mind”) is the name of the female camel that symbolically represented the Somali nation in poetry. It was she who was looted under colonialism, retrieved by her rightful owners at independence in 1960, and mistreated by dictatorship, corruption and war.

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