Sada Mire

Sada Mire

~ Somalia

Dr Sada Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist, art historian and presenter, who currently serves as assistant professor at the faculty of archeology, Leiden University. She is a public intellectual and heritage activist who has argued that cultural heritage is a basic human need in her 2014 TEDxEuston talk. In 2017, Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts selected Mire as one of their 30 international thinkers and writers. She is the only active Somali archaeologist working in the Somali territories, including Somaliland, a self-declared state in the horn of Africa. She is also the founder and former director of Somaliland's Department of Archaeology, where Sada worked for 5 years and made some notable archaeological discoveries with her team. She is the founder and executive director of Horn Heritage Organisation, a NGO in the Horn of Africa, which works on the protection, research and education. Mire's research deals with current global challenges (sustainability, diversity and peace) from the perspective of cultural heritage, archaeology, art and development & rights. She focuses on fertility (sustainability of life) and peace-making (security) from perspectives of religion and identity in East and North-Africa. Dr Mire uses a multidisciplinary approach to material culture, indigenous beliefs, practices and knowledge systems, including traditional systems of natural and cultural heritage management and ethno-medicine. She also uses digital heritage as an inclusive technology for communities, especially in conflict and post conflict zones, and for the researching, teaching and protection of heritage under threat.