Beyond Time and Place: Yemenis in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa

SÉMINAIRE / SEMINAR

CFEE Seminar on Contemporary Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (2015-2016)

5ème séance / 5th session: Beyond Time and Place: Yemenis in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, par/by SAMSON A. BEZABEH

Vendredi 4 décembre 2015,14h-16h, Bibliothèque d’études éthiopiennes Berhanou Abebe (CFEE) / Friday, December 4th, 2015, 2-4 PM, Berhanou Abebe Library of Ethiopian Studies (CFEE).

Beyond Time and Place: Yemenis in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa

Based on an upcoming book, Subjects of Empires/ Citizens of States: Yemenis in Djibouti and Ethiopia, this seminar aims to give a comprehensive account of the historical relationship that occurred between the southern corner of the Arabian region, which is present day Yemen, and the region of Ethiopia. It particularly focus on the emigration of Yemenis to the Horn of Africa and the Yemeni Diasporic community that came to be formed as a result. Despite the presence of historical relation, so far there is no comprehensive study that takes as its main objective the description of Yemeni diaspora community. This presentation will outline the reason for their migration and the interaction that they have in the horn of Africa. It will also discuss some of the major changes that the community have faced while leaving in the horn of Africa region.

The speaker

Samson A. Bezabeh is a social anthropologist and fellow of the Africa Study Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. He was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and has been affiliated with the University of Bergen and the University of Exeter. His research interests include diaspora studies, state-society interaction, conflict and conflict management, and issues of citizenship, ethnicity, and class in the Horn of Africa.


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