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CFP for Somali Studies in Canada: Resilience and Resistance

May 30, 2017

Audience:Current Students

This multidisciplinary colloquium at Carleton University, supported by community partners and the Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative, will showcase critical academic and artistic reflections on the global Somali presence, on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Since the early 1990s, Somalis have been a growing and flourishing presence in Canada and other nations in the Global North. The colloquium will reflect on the resilience and the diversity in the experiences of Somali migrants and subsequent generations in Canada and beyond. Particular attention will be given to the politics and poetics of Somali diasporic communities, their location at the intersection of multiple identities/oppressions (Blackness and antiblackness, colonialism and coloniality, Islam and Islamophobia, refugee/new immigrant identities and xenophobia, and more), and the relationship of Somalis to other communities of colour, such as Indigenous nations and other black diasporic communities.

The organising committee of the colloquium invite applicants to submit 200 word abstracts describing their proposed presentation (10-15 minutes), as well as a short academic/professional biography (100 words). The presentation may include theoretical and conceptual academic studies, reports on empirical research, and reflections by community practitioners, activists, and artists. The deadline for proposals is May 30th, 2017.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Nimo Bokore, Faculty of Social Work & Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative (, or William Felepchuk, PhD Student, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies & Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative (