Tag: academia


#AskMaandeeq: Things We Wish We Knew in University Blog

Following our podcast this month on Somali experiences in higher education, we decided to ask some of our contributors a question that figured prominently in the discussion: What do you wish you knew in university? Here are some of the responses. *** My advice to young Somalis is: be yourself. There’s an assumption that you have to be polished and refined when you enter college/uni....

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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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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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A Letter of Love to Black Students at Yale University, University of Missouri and Across South Africa Blog

We watch in admiration of your strength and courage. We watch in awe of your dedication and resilience. We watch in solidarity and recognition of the power of black protest and organizing in creating more just, equitable, decolonized futures. As Somalis and as black students and academics ourselves, we know what it is like to experience the everyday aggressions, exclusions and humiliations of being at...

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To be Young, Gifted and Somali: The Somalidemic Survival Kit Blog

It’s September, that time of year when many of us are returning to campus after the summer holidays, whether it’s as college freshmen, graduate students, researchers or faculty. The university is a contradictory institution, at once a tool for advancement and opportunity as well as a hierarchal institution that produces inequalities and barriers for people from marginalized backgrounds. For Somali students who have already faced...

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