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Wed 15 June 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 BST
Dr. Idil Osman (University of Leicester) Re-creating conflict: diasporic media and the Somali community
Since the start of the civil war in 1991, Somalis fled from their country to seek safety and can today be found in all continents (Horst 2004: 5). Using the UK-based Somalis as a case study, this presentation situates the migration experiences of the Somali diaspora and their transnational connection with their homeland, facilitated by diasporic media. Conflict-generated diaspora groups become social networks that link past conflict, the contemporary challenges of living in a host state and an aspiration of return to a particular piece of territory that is the symbolically important homeland. Diasporic media is often hailed as a medium that allows immigrants to maintain their identity in their host country as well as providing a platform to sustain ties with their homeland. However, if these ties are being maintained with a homeland that is in a state of conflict, the potential to transport the dynamics of the conflict and re-create it amongst the diaspora audiences is very much a possibility. This presentation will showcase how conflict can be transnationally re-created arguing that diasporic media is more complex than what current scholarship warrants and there’s a need to broaden the scope of current academic debates concerning the interplay between diasporic media, transnationalism and conflict.
Dr Idil Osman is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester’s Department of Media and Communications. She holds a PhD in Media from the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University examining diasporic media involvement in the Somali conflict. She is the author of the JOMEC Journal published article ‘The Somali Media, Diaspora communities and the concept of conflict re-creation’ (issue 7 2015) and the co-author of ‘Somalia to Europe; Stories of the Somali Diaspora’, a book that chronicles the civil war experiences of Somali Europeans and their subsequent migration to the UK. Prior to commencing her PhD, she worked as a journalist for the BBC and the Voice of America, specialising in stories related to the Horn of Africa.
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