History of Kings (tarikä nägäst) at Zuramba Maryam, South Gondar

TERRAIN/FIELDWORK

The History of Kings (tarikä nägäst) of Zuramba Dabra Ṣerḥa Maryām monastery

Edition, Translation and Historical analysis

by Asfaw Tilahun Feleke

 

Asfaw Tilahun Feleke is lecturer at Wollo University. He was awarded  a B.Ed. degree in History Education at Bahir Dar University in 2003 and a MA degree in History at Addis Ababa University in 2011. In October 2013, he enrolled in a doctoral program at the department of Linguistics and Philology, Addis Ababa University. His dissertation is entitled Edition, Translation and Historical Analysis of Tarikä Nägäst of Zuramba (South Gondär), his advisors are Dr. Anaïs Wion (CNRS, IMAF) and Dr. Endris Mohammed (AAU).

In September 2017, with the help of a grant from the CFEE, Asfaw Tilahun was able to investigate oral sources in order to fill gaps in the historical narration of manuscripts particularly concerning the history of Zuramba Church and its vicinity.

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Dube Nationality, Balé Lowlands

TERRAIN / FIELDWORK

Dube Nationality and their Neighbors:

Identity and Interrelationships of Peoples and Polities in Balé Lowlands

ca. 1880s-1990s

by Kefyalew Tessema Semu

 

Kefyalew Tessema is lecturer at Madda Walabu University, Bale-Robe and a doctoral student in History at Addis Ababa University. His research focuses on an ethnic group from the Balé lowlands, the Dube. He presents here the results of his research conducted with the support of a CFEE field grant in 2017.

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WOmen at work!: report on a photograph exhibition

COMPTE-RENDU D’EXPOSITION / EXHIBITION REPORT

WOmen at work!

Travail visible et invisible en Ethiopie,

au prisme du genre

by Constance Perrin-Jolly (CFEE)

[in French]

Dans le cadre d’un projet de recherche sociologique en Éthiopie sur l’engagement moral des entrepreneurs (voir notre billet précédent : cfee.hypotheses.org/2155), j’ai réalisé des clichés dans les entreprises étudiées mais aussi dans les rues des villes où j’ai effectué mon enquête. S’inscrivant dans la perspective de la photographie sociale, ce projet utilise la photographie comme révélateur de la reconnaissance sociale du travail en Éthiopie. Il se fonde sur des prises de vue d’individus au travail réalisées entre 2011 et 2017, à Mekele, Hawassa, en pays Afar et à Addis Abeba et ses alentours. Jouant sur la notion de frontières, entre le travail et le hors travail, le dedans et le dehors, la photographie permet de rendre visible le travail. Elle montre les divisions, les formes de coopérations et la manière dont la professionnalité se donne à voir dans un pays en transformation.

Ces clichés ont donné lieu à une exposition à l’Alliance Ethio-Française d’Addis Abeba dans la cadre de la nuit des idées (du 28 janvier au 17 février 2018). Une vidéo de présentation de l’exposition est visible à l’adresse suivante : goo.gl/v4LY2r.

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Cfee Seminar: The Djibouto-Ethiopian Railway Archives Project

 

The Djibouto-Ethiopian Railway Archives Project : Historical Stakes and Status

by Prof. Shiferaw Bekele and Dr. Simon Imbert-Vier

 

Date: Thursday June 21, 2018 – 5-6 pm

Venue: Berhanou Abebe Library,  French Centre for Ethiopian Studies  (Jan Meda, https://goo.gl/maps/sutSritp3MU2)

The Ethio-French Railway was the first industrial enterprise of Ethiopia. Built at the beginning of the 20th Century, this line was operated by a French Company, which became Ethiopian in 1959 but remained under concrete French administration up to the independence of Djibouti in 1977.

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Busy and interdisciplinary in the Afar: the AGXIM Project

TERRAIN / FIELDWORK

The AGXIM* Project

First Awsa Geology-Humanities Interdisciplinary Mission

February 11-24, 2018

By Cécile Doubre, Eloi Ficquet & Lamya Khalidi

* Afar for ‘to be busy’, pronounced agdhim

Introduction to being busy

The first field mission of the AGXIM project took place between February 11th and 24th, 2018. This project directed by Cécile Doubre (IPGS, Strasbourg) and Eloi Ficquet (EHESS, Paris) aims to document human adaptation in the Awsa and Tendaho Basin (Lower Awash valley, Afar). Together with Ethiopian collaborators from Addis Ababa University, Mekele University, the ARCCH and the Afar Bureau of Culture and Tourism, the interdisciplinary team brings together specialists from the Earth Sciences and the Humanities who had previously been working independently in the Afar region for the last decade or more.

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Megalithic Landscape: First Abaya archaeological mission

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First Abaya archaeological mission

(Gedeo, SNNPR; Guji, Oromia)

January 11-25, February 20 – March 10, 2018

by Vincent Ard & Anne-Lise Goujon

 

The region east of Lake Abaya is renowned for its numerous megalithic sites (over 130 have been inventoried so far) but little is known about their chronology and their function. Previous research there had revealed great technological and stylistic variability of megalithic monuments and the existence of possible distinct chronological phases. In order to fill numerous gaps in our understanding of the megalithic societies of this region, an archaeological mission was led during winter 2018 by Vincent Ard (CNRS, TRACES) and Anne-Lise Goujon (Université Paris 10, PréTech), with the support of the Cfee and the French Embassy.

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HornEast: PhD scholarship in History

Appel à candidature / Call for Applications

PhD scholarship at Aix-Marseille University

The slavery of Ethiopians in the Medieval Islamic World

 

Deadline for application: June 15, 2018

Duration: September 1st, 2018 — August 31st, 2021 (36 months)

Address for submission: mellal@mmsh.univ-aix.fr

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Portrait of Dr. Laurent Bruxelles on Replay

DOCUMENTAIRE / DOCUMENTARY

‘The Adventurer and the Cradle of Humankind’

Portrait of Dr. Laurent Bruxelles 

 

By Wandrille Lanos, Philippe Maire, Cédric Baume, Marielle Krouk.

A portrait of Dr. Laurent Bruxelles, geomorphologist at INRAP (French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research) and IFAS-Research, Johanesburg, (French Institute of South Africa), team member of numerous Cfee research projects (including LSA Sequence, Lalibela, Ifat, Gedeo) was filmed during recent fieldwork in Djibouti and South Africa.

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Qorqor Maryam: history, materials and techniques

SÉMINAIRE / SEMINAR

Qorqor Maryam: history, materials and techniques of Ethiopian rock-hewn church paintings

by Claire Bosc-Tiessé, Sigrid Mirabaud, Jean-Didier Metz, François Guéna, Aurélie Fabijanec and Delphine Burlot

 

Date: Wednesday May 02, 2018, 2-3:30pm

Venue: Berhanou Abebe Library,  French Center for Ethiopian Studies  (Jan Meda, https://goo.gl/maps/sutSritp3MU2)

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Conference: Displacements, in and out of Ethiopia

CONFÉRENCE/CONFERENCE

‘Displacements’ 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology / Cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology / CFEE panel+node

Displacements, in and out of Ethiopia

 

Date: Friday April 20, 2018, 8:30am-4:30pm

Deadline for registration: Wednesday April 18, 2018 (please send an email to: cperrinjoly[at]gmail[dot]com)

Venue: Bellevue Hotel, Addis Ababa (bellevuehotelandspa.com)

The 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology entitled ‘Displacements’ is a virtual conference happening Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21, 2018. Anaïs Maro (PhD candidate, Queensland University of Technology / CFEE) and Dr. Constance Perrin-Joly (CFEE) propose a panel and a local node to take part in this conference on April 20, 8:30am-4:30pm at the Bellevue Hotel, Addis Ababa.

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ARCCH-CFEE: historic partnership, ongoing cooperation

COOPÉRATION / COOPERATION

ARCCH-CFEE: historic partnership, ongoing cooperation

 

An ARCCH official delegation recently returned to the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France, and met the museum administration, local representatives as well as Dr. Jean-Renaud Boisserie, missioned by the CFEE, in order to discuss ongoing cooperation in the field of museography. An occasion to briefly trace the history of ARCCH – CFEE cooperation in the domain.

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CFEE joint seminar: Beneficial microbes and humans

SÉMINAIRE / SEMINAR

CFEE / Centre for Food and Nutrition, Addis Ababa University joint seminar

Beneficial microbes and humans

by Dr. Christèle Humblot

 

Date: Thursday April 19, 2018 – 3-4:30pm

Venue: Berhanou Abebe Library,  French Center for Ethiopian Studies  (Jan Meda, https://goo.gl/maps/sutSritp3MU2)

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Economic Stagnation in Ethiopia, 1500-1800

TERRAIN/FIELDWORK

Economic Stagnation in Ethiopia, 1500-1800

by Mengistie Zewdu Tessema

 

Mengiste Zewdu is a Master student at the department of History and Heritage Management, Debre Berhan University. His main research interest is the economic history of Ethiopia. He reports here on research conducted in 2017 with the support of a CFEE grant.

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OBITUARY: RODOLFO FATTOVICH (1945-2018)

OBITUARY / NÉCROLOGIE

PROFESSOR RODOLFO FATTOVICH (1945 -2018)

 

Prof. Rodolfo Fattovich passed away on March 23, 2018 after having contributed for more than four decades to the archaeology of Northeastern Africa and the Horn of Africa.  Here is his an obituary by  Prof. Andrea Manzo, University of Naples « L’Orientale ».

 

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CFEE JOINT SEMINAR: The traceology and functional analysis of stone tools in Prehistoric Archeology

SÉMINAIRE / SEMINAR

Evolution: an international research seminar in Eastern Africa.
Paleobiodiversity, paleobiology, prehistory, paleoenvironments

(2015-2018)

17ème séance / 17th session: The traceology and functional analysis of stone tools in Prehistoric Archeology
par/by Lorène Chesnaux

Jeudi 12 avril 2018, 15h30-17h / Thursday, April 12, 2018, 3:30-5:00 pm

Lieu / Venue: Auditorium of the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa

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