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Research interests & PhD supervision
Peter Chonka’s PhD research focused on transnational Somali-language media networks and their impact on political identity and state reconstruction in the Horn of Africa. His recent publications have explored the production, dissemination and utilisation of particular types of digital texts in this media ecology, and online/offline contestation between state security forces and militant opposition groups. He has previously been teaching in the fields of African Politics and Development Studies at SOAS and Birkbeck (University of London). Prior to his doctoral research he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, primarily in places of detention across Somalia. He is on Twitter at @petechonka.
- Digital media
- Conflict and state-building
- Sub-Saharan Africa
‘New media, performative violence, and state reconstruction in Mogadishu’ article accepted by African Affairs, May 2017 (forthcoming).
‘Spies, stonework and the suuq: Somali nationalism and the narrative politics of Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujaahidiin’s online propaganda’ Journal of Eastern African Studies, 10(2) 247-265 (2016).
‘Cartoons in conflict: Amin Arts and transnational geopolitical imagination in the Somali -language public sphere’ Critical African Studies. Published online November 2016.
‘Regional’ representation and resistance: Is there a relationship between 2017 elections in Somalia and
Somaliland?’ Horn of African Bulletin, Volume 29 Issue 1, January-February 2017.
‘What you need to know to understand Al Shabaab’ ‘Long read’ commentary for Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, September 21, 2016.
Expertise and public engagement
Peter is convening and teaching postgraduate and undergraduate modules exploring questions of global mobility and digital connectivity, primarily from non-Western perspectives and contexts.
As a former part-time freelance photographer, Peter frequently uses visual material to illustrate his photo-blog. This has recently included reflections on PhD fieldwork and current academic issues such as the #Cadaanstudies movement. He also contributes commentary on Somalia/Horn of Africa politics for media outlets such as Vice news.