Horn of Africa seminar series workshop
‘Post-transitional’ directions in the Somalias
April 30, 2013
Nissan Lecture Theatre
St Antony’s College
University of Oxford
As Somalia’s Transitional Federal Charter was being wound down in August 2012, and particularly after the new Federal Parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president in September, a surge of sentiment — loosely organised around the keyword/hashtag ‘Somalia Rising’ — was channelled into discussions on Twitter and other social media and discussion fora. By and large, commentators focused on the positive implications of the change of leadership taking place in Mogadishu.
After the establishment of a notionally permanent government in Mogadishu, that optimism is set to be tested. However, long-standing assumptions about Somalia may also need to be questioned, in order to gain a better sense of what has changed, what has not, and what new challenges are ahead. Related to the question of where Somalia is headed is the question of the state of ‘Somali studies’ after two decades of reduced access for external scholars and an impaired educational environment in Somalia itself.
This workshop will consider a range of political and social dynamics, grouped around two themes — ‘Futures in the Somalias’ and ‘The Future of Somali Studies’. In addition, we will take advantage of the occasion to launch a special issue of the Journal of Eastern African Studies, guest edited by Markus Hoehne, Effects of ‘Statelessness’: Dynamics of Somali politics, economy and society since 1991.
The workshop is open to all, and will involve a mix of academic and practitioner voices. Please register interest (or questions) by emailing Jason Mosley, the convenor of the Horn of Africa seminar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions to St Antony’s College:
|12:00 pm||Doors open: Nissan Lecture Theatre|
Jason Mosley, African Studies Centre, Oxford University
|12:30 pm||Panel 1: Futures in the Somalias
Crisis and displacement; different solutions for different kinds of displaced
Laura Hammond, SOAS, University of London
The role of the constitution in relieving or fostering conflict
Mohammed Seid, Independent legal scholar
The evolving role of Islamist groups in Somali politics
Mohamed al-Hadi, Al-Shahid Centre
Whither the fourth estate is post-Transitional Somalia?
Jamal Osman, ITN/Channel 4 News
Chair/Discussant: Sally Healy, Rift Valley Institute
|2:30 pm||Coffee break|
Transitional Justice in the Somali setting
Markus Hoehne, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Discussant: Lidwien Kapteijns, Wellesley College, USA
|3:45 pm||Panel 2: The Future of Somali Studies
Clan Cleansing in Somalia: The Ruinous Turn of 1991
Lidwien Kapteijns, Wellesley College, USA
Insider-outsider and gendered dynamics for Somali researchers in Somalia
Siham Rayale, SOAS, University of London
State-building in Somali Studies: Future framework
Mohamed Ingiriis, Goldsmiths, University of London
Chair/Discussant: Markus Hoehne, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
|5:30 pm||Reception: JEAS special issue launch
Effects of ‘Statelessness’: Dynamics of Somali politics, economy and society since 1991
Guest editor: Markus Hoehne, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
|6:00 pm||Dinner (optional)
St Antony’s College
(at participants’ own expense)