This volume focuses on a longing projected mostly toward the past (mal d’Afrique) alongside a longing toward the future (afro-optimism), and the different manifestations, shifting meanings, and potential points of contact of these two stances. The volume introduces a new perspective into the discussion of Somalia in Italian Studies. This is an intersectional work of Italian Studies scholarship, whose contributors help re-imagine the field and its relationship to Somalia with their diverse backgrounds, unique insights, and global breadth.
The book integrates the current scholarship on Somalia with the most recent theoretical studies on nostalgia, visionary affect, colonial ruins, silenced archives, melancholy, ecology, food and diaspora, classical studies and performativity, storytelling, afro-fabulation and queer literature, media and humanitarianism, and afro optimism.
The book will serve as an invaluable reference in multidisciplinary programs such as Global History, Africana Studies, Diaspora Studies, Migration Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Integrity and Global Studies, as well as Italian Studies and various core courses. Because of its interdisciplinary discussion of Somalia, the volume will draw the interest of a large readership among scholars, and non-scholars, from different disciplines and geographic affiliation.
1. Mal d’Afrique, Mass Communication and Colonial Underpinnings of Humanitarian Interventions in Somalia
2. Mogadishu’s MeaningScape: Visionary Nostalgia and Mal d’Afrique in
Architecture Exhibitions, Architecture, and Social Media
Giusy Di Filippo
3. Edible Nation: Imagining Somalia Through Cuisine
4. Mogadishu and Love Melancholia in the Work of Nuruddin Farah, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, and Shirin Ramzanali Fazel
F. Fiona Moolla
5. Maryam/Regina: Violenza segreta (1963): A Certain Postcolonialism
6. Nostalgias in Ilaria Alpi – Il più crudele dei giorni: Between Affectivity and Mal d'Afrique
7. “Performative Piracy” in a Somali Context: Staging the Myth of the Communis Hostis Omnium
Martina Di Florio
8. Mal d'Afrique and the Postcolony: From Nostalgia to New Forms of Exploitation in Somalia
Awet T. Weldemichael
9. Queering Somali Storytelling: Afro-Fabulation, Narration, and the Queer Black Body in Diriye Osman’s The Butterfly Jungle
10. Somalia as it Will Have Been: Afro-Optimism and Stories in the Future Perfect
Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto