On behalf of the Memories of Mogadishu initiative, we are very pleased to present to you the Memories of Mogadishu Conference. 

Join us at the Ottawa Art Gallery on May 4th, 2019 from 9:30AM to 5PM as we bring together Somali diaspora from around the world to explore the use of oral history and digital archives in preserving cultural heritage and collective memory. 


The Memories of Mogadishu Conference will explore migration and memories in post-conflict societies with the goal of fostering greater inclusion.

Please register for the conference HERE




9:30AM                  Registration & Networking

                                 *Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be provided


10:00AM              Opening Remarks


                                 Asha Siad - Memories of Mogadishu Conference Curator

                                 Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery

​                                 Latha Sukumar, MCIS Language Solutions 



10:20AM                 Opening Plenary


                                  Preserving Collective Memories Locally and Globally – An Institutional and

                                  Community Effort for Building Just and Peaceful Societies


                                  Moderator: Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa

                                  Chantal Fortier, Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee for the Memory of    

                                  the World program for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO


                                  Nduka Otiono, Assistant Professor at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton

                                  University, Ottawa

                                  Fowsia Abdulkadir, Independent Researcher and Human Rights Activist

                                  Dr. Stéphane Martelly, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling,

                                  Concordia University, Montreal


11:30AM                 Coffee Break 



11:40AM                Roundtable 

                                 Memories of Mogadishu - The Past, Present and Future


                                 Moderator: Asha Siad, Memories of Mogadishu


                                 Abira Hussein, Independent Researcher and Curator, United Kingdom


                                 Ahmed Gure, Editor of Hiiraan Online

                                 Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, Italian writer and author of Far from Mogadishu and

                                 Clouds over the Equator, and Wings  

                                 Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa

                                 Hawa Mire, Diasporic Somali Storyteller and Writer, and Strategist

1:00PM                   LUNCH BREAK 

                                 Nomad (Interactive Art Exhibit) by Abira Hussein and Mnemoscene,

                                 United Kingdom

                                 Somali Youth Art Showcase & Open Mic 

2:15PM                   Workshop


                                 Introduction to Oral History and Archiving




                                 Dr. Stéphane Martelly, Concordia University, Montreal


                                 Lisa Ndejuru, PhD Concordia University, Montreal


3:15PM                  Panel 1


                                 A Global Conversation on Memory, Migration and Peacebuilding


                                 Moderator: Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto


                                Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Canada

                                Ifrah Hassan, Community Activist 


                                Eliana Trinaistic, MCIS Language Solutions, Toronto


                                Jonathan Durand, Director of Memory Is Our Homeland


4:00PM               Coffee Break 


4:15PM                 Memories of Mogadishu Documentary Film Screening


                                Moderator: Ahmed Mahamed, Somali Education Fund


                                Asha Siad, Memories of Mogadishu


                                Shirin Ramzanali-Fazel, Italian writer and author of Far from Mogadishu and

                                Clouds over the Equator


                                Fowsia Abdulkadir, Independent Researcher and Human Rights Activist




5:15PM                  Closing Remarks




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