Nafeesah Allen

Nafeesah Allen graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2006 and completed a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2009. There her specializations include Latin American languages and literature, as well as race and social policy; she was granted an Institute of Latin American Studies fellowship to pursue research on cultural and political representation of Brazil’s African Diaspora in the late 20th century. In 2013, she completed a postgraduate diploma in Folklore & Cultural Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India. She was recently nominated for IGNOU’s Gold Medal for meritorious academic performance for her ethnographic thesis on women of the Indian Diaspora. She has published pieces in academic journals (‘Scholar & Feminist Online’ and ‘The Journal of International Affairs’) and literary publications (Hanging Loose Press’ Shooting the Rat and Hanging Loose). She has held various U.S. based international and public policy fellowships. She is a native of Newark, New Jersey, USA, and currently lives in Maputo, Mozambique.

Doctoral Research Title: Becoming Mozambican: National Identity development among the Indian & Pakistani Diaspora in Maputo in the late 20th century.

This study will focus on people of Indian and Pakistani origin now living in Mozambique. While the paper will generally highlight the uniqueness of this migration route, it will touch on wider trends of global south-south migration, African and Asian linkages, and Portuguese colonial history. The paper will investigate how Mozambican national identity among migrants of Indian & Pakistani origin was shaped by three major events: 1) the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, 2) Mozambican independence from Portugal in 1975 and 3) the end of the Mozambican civil war in 1992.