Author's Bio and Research

 I am a South Sudanese Canadian novelist, poet, political analyst  and researcher currently living in Calgary, Alberta. I was born in the war-torn Sudan but because of the aftermath of Sudanese civil war, I was forced (with my family) to seek refuge in Ethiopia at the beginning of 1987 until the then Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam was overthrown in may of 1991. After living in various Sudanese displaced camps and in Kakuma refugee camp between 1991 and 2001, I moved to Canada in 2002 as a refugee student under World University Services of Canada (WUSC) Refugee Sponsorship Program. 

I hold a BA in Philosophy (major) and Political Science (minor) from McGill University in Montreal and a MA in Integrated Studies with concentration in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from Athabasca University where I undertook a Master's research project on Color and Cultural Identity (Click the link to read the paper). I am currently a PhD Student at York University's School of Social Work where I will undertake research on Race and color-Identity and how they affect social and public policy, service provision and how they also contribute to hegemony, exclusion and political oppression. 

My writings and research works center on personal experiences and philosophical analysis of contemporary issues [political and social]. However, my then being on a constant move and my experiences in different cultural environments (in Africa and in Canada)  fueled my greater desire to appreciate the thoughts formed by such experiences by me and other people. I now write fiction, nonfiction, poetry and political commentaries on Sudan (South).

I also write for different South Sudanese news organizations such as Gurtong Trust, South Sudan Nation, South Sudan New Agency among others. My writings have appeared in print in South Sudanese and Sudanese newspapers. 

I have been working with immigrant and refugee families for over nine years. This has helped me understand, first hand, the challenges, systemic and personal, refugees and immigrants face as they settle in Canada. This experience has equipped me with the skills required to help in advocating for systemic changes both in Canada and in South Sudan. 

MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Color-Identity & Cultural Identity
  • Race,  Racism & Anti-Racism
  • Ethics, Political & Social Philosophy 
  • Leadership & Power 
  • Social Work Practice and Non-profit leadership
  • Social Exclusion, Oppression & Social Justice
  • Identity and Displacement
  • Identity and Discrimination
  • Identity and Service Provision



PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Garang, Kuir ë. 2016. Rethinking Race and Racism. Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R

            & D, 1 (6). LINK TO THE ARTICLE IS HERE

Chapter (Invited)


Garang, Kuir ë. 2018. "Failed Leadership: Corruption, Kleptocracy, and Democratic Exclusion." In

               The Challenge of Goverance in South Sudan: Corruption, Peacebuilding, and Foreign   
              Intervention. ed. Steven C. Roach & Derrick K. Hudson. New York: Routledge.

Independent Publications


 Garang, Kuir ë. 2015. South Sudan Ideologically: Socio-Democracy, SPLM Ideologues, Juba  

                  Corruptocrats, Khartoum Theocrats and their Time-Frozen Leadership. Calgary.
                 The Nile Press.
 Garang, Kuir ë. 2015. Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?: Dehumanizing and Intentional Ethics of
                  Descriptions and Vilifying Philosophies of Naming. Calgary: The Nile Press.

Political Essays


Garang, Kuir ë. 2018. The Dying Optimist in Me (South Sudanese Political Essays: 2004 - 2013). Calgary. The Nile Press.


CREATIVE WORKS


Novels

  1. The Pipers and the First Phase (2012)
  2. Angelina and Adut and Their Multicultural Trifles (first published in 2010 as 'Trifles' and republished in 2018)
  3. Deng, Nyan-Nhialdit and The Talking Crow (2013)
Poetry
  1. The Carcass Valley
  2. Exegesis of Despotism
  3. Twilight Murders
PROJECTS  & MANUSCRIPTS
  1. Leadership & Institutional Development in South Sudan (Research work on leadership and institutional development and state-building)
  2. The Pipers and the First Phase (novel)
  3. Myths & Incapacities (a Manuscript on objective reality) 



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SELF-ESTEEM AND DISCRIMINATION

As someone who grew up in war conditions and lived as a refugee for a long time, I'm sometimes considered by many people in the 'west' to be prone to (or have) low self-esteem, be poor or illiterate. Living as refugees or displaced persons, who depended on the good will of others put people in a situation where they don't think much about themselves. But that's not everyone though.

As I stood by our front desk at my place work talking about Race and Identity in relation to my book, Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?, the issue of why many African peoples in North America become so over-sensitive when racial issues come up! For many rational people, this owes its origin to slavery and racial segregation.

But one of my coworkers, a person of European descent, was surprised to realize that her 'black' friend, a very intelligent woman, easily becomes irritated by simple things she [friend] considers racist. The friend considers any mention of a watermelon racist; and complains a lot about 'white privilege.' This means that discrimination is considered something 'whites' don't face because of 'white privilege.' In any discussion between 'blacks' and 'whites', 'white privilege' issue comes up!