ROUNDTABLE – EXHIBITION |Lest we forget: The triumph over slavery

TABLE-RONDE – EXPOSITION / ROUNDTABLE – EXHIBITION

L’UNESCO, l’Alliance éthio-française d’Addis-Abeba et le Centre français des études éthiopiennes organisent le jeudi 4 juin 2015 à 18h une table-ronde (en anglais) intitulée “Slave Routes and Commemorations: The Duty of Memory, a Global Vision”, à l’Alliance éthio-française d’Addis-Abeba. Cette table-ronde sera suivie de l’inauguration de l’exposition “Lest We Forget : The Triumph Over Slavery”. Un cocktail offert par l’UNESCO clôturera cet évènement.

The UNESCO, the Alliance éthio-francaise of Addis Ababa and the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies organise a roundtable (in English) entitled “Slave Routes and Commemorations: The Duty of Memory, a Global Vision” at the Alliance éthio-française of Addis Ababa, on Thursday June 4th 2015 (6 PM). This roundtable will be followed by the opening of the exhibition “Lest We Forget : The Triumph Over Slavery”. A cocktail offered by UNESCO will close the evening.

La table-ronde / The roundtable

La table-ronde “Slave Routes and Commemorations: The Duty of Memory, a Global Vision” mettra en lien l’histoire de l’esclavage et l’histoire des transformations mondiales et des interactions culturelles qui résultent de cette histoire, en se concentrant en particulier sur la Corne de l’Afrique.

The roundtable entitled “Slave Routes and Commemorations: The Duty of Memory, a Global Vision” will focus on the history of slavery  and highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history, with a particular attention to the case of the Horn of Africa.

Intervenants / Speakers :

  • Bosha Bombe est chercheur associé à l’Université d’Arba Minch et collaborateur du CFEE. Il présentera le résultat de ses dernières recherches dans le Sud-Ouest éthiopien  / Bosha Bombe is associate researcher at Arba Minch University and a collaborator of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies. He will present the results of his last research in South Western Ethiopia.

Historical and contemporary slavery in South Western Ethiopia: An Ethnographic Evidence

Slavery was legally abolished in Ethiopia by Emperor Haile Sellassie in 1942. Nonetheless, Slaves and their descendants have continued been marginalized and exploited in the peripheral parts of South Western parts until recent time. In the Gamo highlands the so called slave masters, lathi, control the social and economy life of “slaves”, ayle. The ayle are considered as “not real human”, they are recognized as impure and their perceived ‘dirty’ is also believed as contagion. The ayle have involved in ritual purification to change their identity and subsequent full integration into mainstream society. There was also externally induced approaches to change the status of the ayle by church based NGO. The communication will address historical and contemporary perspectives and practices of slavery, indigenous Vs induced approaches to end contemporary slavery and some experienced setbacks.

Lire le rapport de terrain publié sur ce blog par Bosha Bombe sur ce thème / Read the fieldwork report published on this blog by Bosha Bombe on this topic.

  • Laury Belrose est historienne, spéciste de l’histoire et de la mémoire de l’esclavage en Éthiopie. Elle est collaboratrice du CFEE / Laury Belrose is a historian, specialised in the history and memory of slavery in Ethiopia, and a collaborator of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies.
  • Abyi Ford est un ancien doyen de la Graduate School of Journalism and Communications de l’Université d’Addis-Abeba. C’est un spécialiste du cinéma et du mouvement de Marcus Garvey / Abiyi Ford is former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and Communications of Addis Ababa University, and a specialist of cinema and the Marcus Garvey Movement.
  • Sasha Rubel est la conseillère à la culture de l’UNESCO pour l’Éthiopie, l’Union africaine et la Commission économique pour l’Afrique / Sasha Rubel is the UNESCO Advisor for Culture to Ethiopia, the African Union, and the Economic Commission for Africa

 


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