Please join us for The 2020-2021 Senior Doctoral Fellow Speaker Series.

Wednesday, May 26, 1:30-3:00pm

Huda Hassan (African Studies)

Ciyaal Baraf: Fictions Empires Tell and Counter-Narratives of Somali Artists in Diaspora

My doctoral project explores the ways in which Canada’s Somali diaspora has been framed in mass media as the new national criminal subject. Ciyaal Baraaf (meaning “children of the snow” in Somali) is a Black Diaspora Cultural studies project, drawing from Black Transnational Feminisms, Somali studies, and Media studies. Ciyaal Baraaf examines the framing and reproduction of a particular Other in service of colonial attitudes and fictions of the empire (Brand, 2001). It involves two structuring parts: an intervention on the criminalization of Somalis in settler-state media; and, an analysis of the responses and counter-narratives of Somali artists through artistic place-making and self-creation through cultural production. My paper focuses on a section of this project, tracing the criminalization of Somalis in Canadian news media from 2010 to 2016. This paper argues that the Somalization of crime reveals ongoing reproductions of race, gender, belonging, and Canadian nationalisms. Through this optic, I also urge a questioning of the function and ethics of identification in journalistic practices and examine the ethics of the contemporary journalist.


Date: May 26th, 2021
Start Time: 1:30pm