DescriptionSomali lives and transnationalism – why anthropology matters?
Finnish Anthropological Society Open Forum: Somali lives revisited - how transnationalism shapes Somali communities, families and persons Time: 10.5.2011, at 17-19, room 312. Place: Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki In the late 1980s and at the beginning of 1990s, the civil war in Somalia escalated to tragic violence resulting in much over 1 million people becoming refugees from their homes, neighborhoods, towns, and the country. Many of them live nowadays in Africa, Europe and North-America forming a transnational community frequently called Somali Diaspora. The mass exodus has had many impacts on families and individuals, bringing forth challenges and contestation, but also opportunities and prospects for more sustainable future. Our intention in this forum is to grasp the dynamics of social continuity, on one hand, and apparent social change on the other, in kinship and household patterns among Somalis. How do people cope with displacement and multi-local lives? How are power, gender and age renegotiated within family networks and beyond? We also aim to interrogate the very notions of static understanding of paradigms such as family, household, and personhood, and to highlight a complex social reproduction of those entities across time and space, generations and multiple places of identification. The forum consists of three 15 minutes presentations followed by an open discussion. Dr. Petri Hautaniemi: A preliminary introduction: Somali lives and transnationalism – why anthropology matters? Dr. Mulki Al-Sharmani: Somali Transnational Family Lives: Some Reflections on Gender and Power Dynamics Dr. Marja Tiilikainen: Scattered lives: Making sense of illness in transnational Somali families Mulki Al-Sharmani, Research Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and assistant research professor, Social Research Center, American University in Cairo. She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Johns Hopkins, USA. Her research interests are: gender, forced migration, New Diasporas, Muslim family laws, Islamic Law, feminist legal activism. Marja Tiilikainen, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Social Researcher, University of Helsinki. Her research has mainly focused on Somali migrants, in particular issues such as lived religion, cultural dimensions of illness and healing, and experiences of women. She has conducted ethnographic research both in Finland and in Somaliland. Currently she works in a research project “Security, Governance and Identities in Flux. The Role of Diaspora in Development in the Horn of Africa”, led by Dean Liisa Laakso. Petri Hautaniemi, Researcher at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. He has conducted research on Somali child migration and young men. He has also been interested in diversifying concept of family and kinship among state authorities. Lately, he has explored the role of second generation in diaspora. Currently he works in a Finnish Academy funded research project “Security, Governance and Identities in Flux. The Role of Diaspora in Development in the Horn of Africa”, led by Dean Liisa Laakso.
|10 May 2011
|Finnish Anthropological Society