Congress Program

The 12th SSIA Congress will be held in Helsinki, Finland, 19–23 August 2015.

You can find more information about the venues of the congress from here.
In case you need a map of the Helsinki city centre, you can download it from here.


Wednesday, 19th August 2015

16.00: Registration begins
Helsingfors Arbis
Street address: Dagmarinkatu 3

16.30: SSIA Board Meeting
Helsingfors Arbis

18.00–21.00: Get-Together Gathering
Helsingfors Arbis, Banquet Hall

The Get-Together Gathering program includes:

  • Welcoming Speeches
  • Commemoration Ceremony
  • Somali Studies Journal Presentations
  • Whose Voice? A Summary of the Debate, with Q&A
  • Musical Performances
  • Evening Meal


Thursday, 20th August 2015

08.30: Morning Coffee and Registration
Main Building of the University of Helsinki
Corridor on the 4th floor
Street address: Fabianinkatu 33

10.00: Opening of the Congress
Main Building of the University of Helsinki
Small Hall (4th floor)

11.00: Keynote I
Dr Afyare Elmi
(Qatar University, Qatar)
Constructing Inclusive Citizenship in Somalia: Challenges and Opportunities
Main Building of the University of Helsinki
Small Hall (4th floor)

12.00: Lunch Break
House of Science and Letters
Banquet Room (2nd floor)
Street address: Kirkkokatu 6

13.30: Workshops I – First Session
House of Science and Letters

15.00: Coffee Break
House of Science and Letters
Corridors on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor

15.30: Workshops I – Second Session
House of Science and Letters

18.00–19.30: Helsinki City Reception
Helsinki City Hall, Banquet Hall
Street address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13


Friday, 21st August 2015

08.00: Morning Coffee and Registration
Main Building of the University of Helsinki
Corridor on the 4th floor
Street address: Fabianinkatu 33

09.00: Keynote II
Prof. Mohamed Haji Mukhtar
(Savannah State University, USA)
Multilingual Somalia: Ploy or Pragmatics
Main Building of the University of Helsinki
Small Hall (4th floor)

10.00: OSF Plenary Discussion
To Belong or Not to Belong?
Hybrid and Transnational Somali Youth Identities in Europe

Main Building of the University of Helsinki
Small Hall (4th floor)

11.00: Lunch Break
House of Science and Letters
Banquet Room (2nd floor)
Street address: Kirkkokatu 6

12.30: Workshops II – First Session
House of Science and Letters

14.00: Coffee Break
House of Science and Letters
Corridors on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor

14.30: Keynote III
Dr Mulki Al-Sharmani
(University of Helsinki, Finland)
Marriage and Family Life among Somali-Finnish Women and Men:
Reflections on Gender, Law and Ethics
House of Science and Letters
Hall 104 (1st floor)

15.45: Workshops II – Second Session
House of Science and Letters

18.00–20.00: University of Helsinki Reception
Main Building of the University of Helsinki
Street address: Fabianinkatu 33


Saturday, 22nd August 2015

09.00: Morning Coffee and Registration
House of Science and Letters
Registration on the 1st floor
Morning coffee on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor
Street address: Kirkkokatu 6

09.30: Workshops III – First Session
House of Science and Letters

11.00: Keynote IV
Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar (La Trobe University, Australia)
Somali Youth Identity and Sense of Belonging in Western Context
House of Science and Letters
Hall 104 (1st floor)

12.00: Lunch Break
House of Science and Letters
Banquet Room (2nd floor)

13.30: Workshops III – Second Session
House of Science and Letters

15.00: Coffee Break
House of Science and Letters
Corridors on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor

15.30: Keynote V
Dr Marja Tiilikainen
(University of Helsinki, Finland)
Insecurities, Resources and Transnational Bonds:
Experiences of Canadian-Somali and Finnish-Somali Families
House of Science and Letters
Hall 104 (1st floor)

16.30–17.00: Congress Closing Ceremonies
House of Science and Letters
Hall 104 (1st floor)

19.00–22.00: Congress Dinner
Suomenlinna


Sunday, 23rd August 2015

Excursion Day