Dr. Randa Farah
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Office: SSC 3423A
Telephone: 519-661-2111 x 85088
Fax: 519 -661-2157
External Website: http://anthropology.uwo.ca/faculty/farah/index.asp
Regions of Focus: North and West Africa
Research Interests / Specializations: History/memory and identity, National and other resistance movements, Collective mobilization in the context of exile and displacement, Refugees and refugee camps, Nations and nationalisms, Humanitarian aid
Working with refugees of the Western Sahara living in camps in the Algerian desert, Dr. Randa Farah is seeking to understand the effects of prolonged displacement on Sahrawi society. The Western Sahara region is known as the last African colony; at the UN it is listed as a self-governing territory.
As an anthropologist, Farah’s research provides insight on sociocultural transformations in the context of prolonged displacement; how refugees cope in adverse situations, the relationship between the humanitarian regime and refugees and changes in generational and gender relationships consequent. The impact of Farah’s involvement is to better comprehend the processes involved in establishing states – in-exile and nation building.
Some areas of her focus include issues of national mobilization and the struggle for self-determination in the context of prolonged