Tag Archives: Somali literature

Italy, Somalia: poetry and politics

Ahad_cpi_cb_Saaka.qxdThe literature in Italian by Somali writers has recently been explored in some detail (Lori 2013). But cultural creativity in Somalia itself, and the ways in which it was affected by and responded to Italian colonialism, has received less attention. Somali Oral Poetry and the Failed She-Camel Nation State by Ali Mumin Ahad (Peter Lang, 2015), based on his PhD thesis at La Trobe University,  is the first analysis of the connection between oral poetry and politics in Somalia and provides vital background for both the Italian colonial period and Somalia’s contemporary conflicts. Analysing the most expressive medium in Somali culture and politics, Ahad brings out the difficulty of trying to combine an image of society structured by loyalty to clans and support for the idea of nationhood and the rule of law. This analysis describes the circumstances that preceded the civil war and is therefore of particular value for helping us to understand the subsequent failure of the Somali state.

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Appointment of Honorary Research Associate

Laura Lori photoACIS is delighted that Laura Lori has accepted appointment as an Honorary Research Associate. She received her PhD from La Trobe University in 2011 for a thesis on Somali literature in Italian, published as Inchiostro d’Africa. La letteratura postcoloniale somala fra diaspora e identità (Ombre Corte 2013). She has taught at the University of South Australia and is currently co-editing an issue of the online journal FULGOR. As an HRA she will be exploring the creation of a research network into post-colonial literature and collaboration with other areas of post-colonial studies in Australia.

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