Women of the Somali Diaspora

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa



Joanna Lewis

Joanna Lewis

Associate Professor

Please note, this event has been postponed. Please check this page as the new date for this event will be posted here. 

In celebration of the publication of Women of the Somali Diaspora, join Joanna Lewis (LSE), the FLIA and the LSE SU Somali Society for this event. 

The book is a study of resilience after conflict through the experiences of Somali women refugees and their community in the London diaspora. Lewis reveals three histories. Firstly, the women’s personal history, helping us to understand resilience as an individual, lived historical process that is both positive and negative, and both inter- and intra-generational. Secondly, a collective history of refugees as rebuilders, offering insight into the dynamism of the Somali diaspora. Finally, the forgotten history and hidden legacies of Britain’s colonial past, which have played a key role in shaping this dramatic, sometimes upsetting, but always inspiring story: the power of women to heal the scars of war.

Following the conversation between Joanna Lewis and the LSE SU Somali Society, attendees will be invited to ask questions.

Refreshments will be provided.

Somsoc poster 1st


This is a free, public event. Please check this page for any updates or changes to the event, and direct any queries to Nellie Anderson.


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