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Recent Lectures and Conference Papers by Invitation

-'Somali-'Somaliland's archaeological and tourism resources; challenges and potentials'. Public lecture held on the 23rd Oct, 2010, at Hall I, Hotel Maansoor, Hargeysa, Somaliland.

-'The historical significance of sacred landscapes of the Horn of Africa and the Impact of the Current Political Situation in the Region' at Shaping the Heritage Landscape: Perspectives from East and Southern Africa. Open University Conference at the BIEA, Nairobi Kenya, 6-7th May, 2010.

- 'Ritual Landscapes, Sacred Ancestors, and Politics of Heritage Management in the Horn of Africa' Seminars in Material Culture and Social Anthropology. Department of Anthropology, University College London, London, Wednesday 28th May, 2010.

- 'Somali Maritime Archaeological Resources: Discoveries, Challenges and Possibilities' at The International Seminar on Maritime Cultural Heritage: Preservation, Presentation and Education, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, 3rd & 4th April 2010.

-'Creating a Common Ground: The Knowledge Approach and the Case of Somali heritage' Safeguarding Africa's Fragile Heritage, African Archaeology Group, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Cambridge University, Cambridge, Oct. 2-3rd, 2009.

-'Somali Intangible Cultural Heritage: situation report on Somaliland' at UNESCO Somali Intangible Cultural Heritage Planning Meeting, The National Museums of Kenya, 28-29 of July, 2009, Nairobi, Kenya.

-'Antiquities in Post-Conflict Somaliland: Rehabilitation and Reconciliation'. The Cambridge Post-Conflict Post-Crises Group in collaboration with Cambridge Heritage Researchers' Group. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Cambridge University, Cambridge, 13th March, 2008.

-'The Future of Somaliland Cultural Resources and Heritage', paper on the current state of Somaliland cultural resources and the work of the Dept of Antiquities, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, presented for H.E. Daahir Riyaale Kaahin, the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Hargeysa, Somaliland.

-'A Contested Past: Somali Cultural Heritage and the Politics of Nation Building'. A paper presented at the 8th Cambridge Heritage Seminar, Re-visioning the Nation: Cultural heritage and the Politics of Disaster, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Cambridge University, Cambridge, Saturday 12 May 2007.

-'Ceramic traditions, past and present: Magdalene Odundu and The Nile Valley'. A paper given at the Mbili 2nd Colloquium of Eastern African Visual Art's Group, 13-14th September 2006, Stevenson Lecture Hall, at the British Museum, London.

Other Recent Conference Papers

-'A New Perspective on Heritage and the Past: the Knowledge Approach, Ritual Landscapes and Nomadism in North East Africa and Arabia'. Paper delivered at the 6th World Archaeological Congress. In the session New Approaches to Heritage and the Past in the theme Indigenous Archaeologies: New Challenges. 28th of June to 4th of July, 2008, UCD, Dublin, Ireland.

-'Global vs. local: the clash between world heritage theory and indigenous practices of heritage management in Somali society'. Paper delivered at International Conference titled Localising the Global: Archaeological Resource Management: Participatory processes, ethical conduct and sustaining communities. Institute of Archaeology, University College London, London, 19th of April, 2008.

-'The Clash between Western and local heritage theory and practice: a case study from Somalia'. A paper presented at the World Archaeological Congress' Inter-Congress: "Threats to Archaeology – Its Importance, Values and Development" in, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, in May 20-27 2007.

-'The Clash between Western and local heritage theory and practice: a case study from Somalia' A paper presented at the Graduate Conference at UCL, Method to Madness. Archaeological Methodologies and their archaeological implications, at Institute of Archaeology, University College London, London, 26 and 27th April, 2007

The Opening of Bahrain Fort Museum (18 February 2008)

Opening of the Bahrain Fort-Museum
Opening of the Bahrain Fort-Museum; H. E. Sheikh Ibrahim bin Haamed bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa receives Sada Mire.
Sada Mire was invited by the H. E. Sheikh Haamed bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of The Kingdom of Bahrain for the opening of the Bahrain Forth Museum. On this occasion Sada Mire met the UNESCO Director of World Heritage, Culture section, Mr. Franchesco Bandarin, whom she discussed with Cultural heritage in Somaliland. She also met Minister of Cultures and representatives for Cultural heritage from Bahrain and other parts of the world.

Af Somali:
Agaasimaha waaxda Aasaartaa, Marwo Sada Mire ayaay Boqortoonyada Baxrayn casumtay isbuucan. Marwo Sada Mire waxa lagu casumay ka qaybqaadashada furista hadxafka Bahrain Fort Museum, oo ay isugu yimaadeen mudaneyaal iyo marwooyin ka socda qaarkamid ah madaxda UNESCO. Marwo Sada Mire waxa ay lakulantay His Highness Sheikh Haamed bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa oo ah boqorka inadeerkii. Waxa ay la kulmaytay Minister of Culture ee wadano badan.

The Bahrain Fort-Museum
Ms Mire meeting with Franchesco Bandarin, director of the World Heritage Centre for Culture
A view of the new museum at the Bahrain Fort

World Archaeological Congress 6

Sada meets Indonesian Delegation to WAC 6
Sada meets Indonesian Delegation to WAC 6
at University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland, 29th of June – 4th of July, 2008.

Representing the Department of Antiquities, Somaliland, Somalia and University College London's Institute of Archaeology (UK), Ms. Mire gave a paper titled: 'A new perspective on heritage and the past: the Knowledge Approach, ritual landscapes and nomadism in north east Africa and Arabia' on the theme 'New approaches to heritage and the past', a panel co-organised by Dr. Anna Källen (Stockholm University) and Professor Michael Rowlands of UCL's Department of Anthropology.

Abstract: Until recently, North East African and Arabian societies remained largely nomadic. Within these entities, western heritage management methods and archaeology are generally not practiced. For example, Somalis have a distinctive approach to heritage, which means preserving knowledge (and skill) rather than objects and monuments. Previously, due to a lack of dialogue and understanding, there has been a clash between this indigenous approach (what I term the Knowledge Approach) and Western perspectives of heritage management and archaeological research (focusing on artefacts and monuments). The Knowledge Approach seems essential to cultures with strong oral transmission of knowledge. My recent return to post-conflict Somaliland, where there is a new interest for heritage as a means of reconciliation and sustainable human development, was also an opportunity to test the Knowledge Approach, particularly in the ritual landscapes and material culture of Somaliland. In this paper I suggest the Knowledge Approach can be integrated with UNESCO heritage management methods and enable a rapprochement of heritage management and archaeological research in nomadic societies in particular.

As well as presenting her research, during this conference Ms. Mire took also part of the WAC national committee meetings, elections and other activities. She also liaised with professionals from many parts of the world and discussed collaborative projects for the future.

Speeches at Cambridge and UCL

The audience at the Cambridge presentation
The audience at the Cambridge presentation
(February and April 2008) Cambridge University and University College London

On 13th of March 2008, Sada Mire was invited to speak at the Cambridge Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Group, and the Cambridge Heritage Research Group. On the 19th of April, Sada Mire spoke at the UCL's conference with the theme 'Localising the Global: Archaeological Resource Management: Participatory processes, ethical conduct and sustaining communities'.

At both UCL and Cambridge Sada Mire spoke on history of Somali cultural heritage and the present work at the Antiquities department in the post-conflict Somaliland. She highlighted the reconstruction of cultural resources including archaeology, and the benefits of developing the young country's cultural heritage in the reconciliation process: the significance of the past for reconciliation process: and the reconstruction of cultural heritage and collaboration between communities of all provinces of Somaliland and the Department of Antiquities. Both meetings were attended by researchers and graduate students in all aspects of cultural heritage, social, history, politics and environment as well as representatives of NGO's, governmental organisations and the general public.

Af Somali:
Sada Mire, Agaasimiha waaxda Aasaarta, ee WD&Dh, ayaa utagay socdaal warbixinta iyo fidinta hawsha dhaqanka ee Wasaarada. Sacda wadanada ay booqatay waxa ka mid ah dalka ingiriiska bishii Februari iyo March.
Halkan waxa ay qudbad ka jeedisay laba Jaamacadood ee xaga cilmiga aasaarta ka mid ah kuwa ugu sareeya dunida, Jaamacade University College London (UCL) iyo Jaamacada Cambridge University oo ay si joogto ah shirar uga qaybqaadato.
Agaasimiuhu waxa uu xidhiidh gaar ah la'leeyahay the Cambridge Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Group, and the Cambride Heritage Research Group, iyo UCL Insitute of Archaeoloy, Heritage Research Group.
Sada waxa ay ka hadasha hawsha ay wasaaaradu iyo mamulkeeda cusub ee Ah Mudane Abdirisaaq Rooble Waabari uu la wado ee qusaysa sidii loo dhisi lahaa dhaqanka ee dadka soo loogu faa iidaynayo dhismaha dadka noloshoooda (reconstruction and rehabilitation of cultural resources).
Sada shirka waxay faafaahisay 'Antiquities and Cultural heritage in Post-Conflict Somaliland' iyo faa'iidada ay leeday ee ah isokeeniday iyo nabad dhiska iyo dhaqaale dhiska Somaliland (reconciliation, sustainable human development, tourism and economic development).
Labada shirba waxa ka soo qaybqaatay clime baadeyaal iyo shaqaalaha dhaqanka wada ee UK.

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