Author's Bio and Research

 I am a South Sudanese Canadian novelist, poet, political analyst and researcher currently living in Toronto, Ontario. 

I was born in 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 an MA in Integrated Studies with a 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 Ph.D. 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. 

SPEAKING and area of Expertise

I speak on race and racism and issues of refugee life and resilience. For speaking possibilities, contact me at kuirthiy@yahoo.com and you'll be given a phone number in case you have more questions. I can speak to students in elementary school, high school and students. See sample speaking vidoes on this website.



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 Governance 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) 



ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.