Tag: power


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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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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