The Centre for Civil Society based within the School of Built Environment and Developmet Studies invites you to the seminar – STATE BUILDING IN PRACTICE :THE SOMALI DIASPORA AND PROCESS OF RECONSTRUCTION IN SOMALILAND .
Speaker: Monica Fagioli
Date: Thursday 28 June 2012
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College
This paper addresses the relationship between the Somali diaspora and ongoing processes of state-building in Somaliland, a self-declared independent state formerly part of the Republic of Somalia until 1991 (the year of the collapse of the Somali state). It will critically discuss the “migration-development nexus” as an instrument of governance to reconstruct state institutions applied in post-conflict societies, such as Somaliland. This critical reading will be informed by recent ethnographic material collected in a year of fieldwork across Kenya (Nairobi), Somaliland and Puntland. The emphasis of this paper is to present the way state-building functions in daily practices enacted by Somalis from the diaspora, Somali civil servants, and international organizations’ officers, in order to highlight and articulate the contradictions and problems of current state-building programs in Africa and possibly elsewhere.
Monica Fagioli is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research (The New School, USA). She holds an MA in Anthropology of Media (SOAS, UK). Her research interests include: African forms of political life, global migration, history of colonialism and development, and race relations. Beyond her academic work, she has been involved in community media projects in the UK, and in media activism across Kenya and South Africa.