Aman Sium

Toronto, Ontario (Mississaugas Territory)

I'm a doctoral student in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studie in Education - University of Toronto. Starting in 2013 I received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to research the intersections of Somali blackness, discourses of barbarism and civility, and how they become reproduced online - but particularly through Twitter - within the 'War on Terror'.

Needless to say my disseration work has taken a slightly different - and yet exctiting - turn. I'm currently examining the intersections of decolonization theory and Indigenous identity and consciousness in the Horn of Africa. In particular, I'm interested in how the historical relationship between the Eritrean state and Indigenous governing systems remain dominated by colonial continuities. I'm further interested in the differeing onceptions of borders, border conflict and peace making, and border thinking that exist between the colonially imposed Eritrean state and the more rooted Indigenous governing systems living under it.

My most recent publication is From Starving Child to 'Rebel-Pirate': The west’s new imagery for a 'failed' Somalia (Borderlands, 2012). Other publications include a chapter in the book Spirituality, Education & Society (Sense Publishers, 2011), and Revisiting the Black Man's Burden: Eritrea and the curse of the nation-state (Red Sea Press, forthcoming). In the editing world, I serve as Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the Open Access, peer-review and determinedly 'undisciplinary' journal, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society (

I see myself as being simultaneoulsy - and equally - Tigrinya, Indigenous, Eritrean, African, and an anti-colonial resister. These are the identities and historical inheritances that inform how and why I challenge colonial thought, and what I seek to help replace it with. In addition to my academic pursuits, I'm a community activist who works with Eritrean migrant communities in the Toronto area. I participate in few Eritrean social movements that advocate with Eritreans forced from their homes due to Canadian mining projects and other projects of corporate displacement.

For all inquiries, comments or conversations I can be reached at I'm open to exchanging ideas with any and all lovers of liberation, im

  • Work
    • Research Associate, York University
  • Education
    • Ontario Institute for Studies in Eduation - University of Toronto