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Christina Woolner (2014)

Christina Woolner (2014)

Research Title: ‘It’s about love, of course! We don’t sing about war anymore': Love songs, persons and publics in post-war Somaliland

Supervisor: Profesor Harri Englund


Christina Woolner is currently conducting long-term fieldwork in Hargeysa, Somaliland, on the intersection of love songs, the voicing of private sentiment and emotion, and the contestation of post-war public spaces in Somaliland. Her current work builds on a long-held research interest in the role of storytelling and narrativity in war and peacebuilding processes. Christina has worked as a lecturer in peace and conflict studies at universities in Canada and Somaliland, as well as a researcher at Project Ploughshares, a Canadian NGO that monitors armed conflict and the armaments industry. She holds a BA in Global Studies and Religion & Culture (Wilfrid Laurier University), an MA in International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame), and an MPhil in Social Anthropology (Cambridge).

To hear about Christina’s on-going research, listen to her episode of Camthropod – Hiddo Dhawr: Singing Love in(to) Somaliland – the Division’s podcast series.

Research Interests

Music, poetry and popular culture; anthropology of war, violence and peacebuilding; storytelling, narrativity and ‘voice’; refugees and forced migration

Key Publications

“Women, Religion and Peace.” In Lee Marsden (ed.), Ashgate Research Companion on Religion and Conflict Resolution. Ashgate Publishing, 2012. (Co-authored with Meena Sharify-Funk)

“Religion and Peace and Conflict Studies.” In Tom Matyok, Jessica Senehi and Sean Byrne (eds.), Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy. Toronto: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011. (Co-authored with Nathan Funk)