An African Presence in Europe: Portraits of Somali elders

Glenn Jordan

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Africans and Muslims, photography and cultural studies – these are the subjects and objects of this cultural-political intervention combining humanist portrait photography, collaborative ethnography and oral history. The Somali Elders Project is located outside of the academy, in a community-based arts and educational centre in Cardiff, Wales. It is a mode of socially-concerned research, photography and representation in which marginalized voices, images and experiences are brought to the fore – with the subjects’ active participation. This polyvocal essay, combining text, voices and images, reflects on the project and suggests that it might provide a useful model for work in African cultural studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328 - 353
Number of pages25
JournalCultural Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • African
  • Muslim
  • photography
  • cultural studies
  • representation
  • language
  • ethnography


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