Writing Women’s History in Ethiopia
SÉMINAIRE / SEMINAR
CFEE Seminar on Women and Gender in the Horn of Africa (2015-2016)
1ère séance / 1st session: Writing Women’s History in Ethiopia – Introductory Session, par/by BELETE BIZUNEH & Pierre GUIDI
In partnership with the Center for Gender Studies and the History Department of Addis Ababa University.
Vendredi 30 octobre 2015 (14h-17h) / Friday October 30th 2015 (2-5 PM). Lieu / Venue : Bibliothèque d’études éthiopiennes Berhanou Abebe (CFEE) / Berhanou Abebe Library of Ethiopian Studies (CFEE).
Writing Women’s History in Ethiopia – Introductory Session
1. History of Ethiopian Women: A Historiographical Review, by BELETE BIZUNEH
Although social history has emerged as an important field of study in Ethiopia over the last several decades, the historiography of women is still at its infancy. This paper seeks to review historical works that have been conducted on Ethiopian women over the last several decades. In particular, it discusses the themes and periods addressed by the authors and the sources and methods used by them in reconstructing Ethiopian women’s past.
2. Writing Women’s History through Girls’ Education, by Pierre GUIDI
This presentation wish to demonstrate how the history of girls’ education is a way for a renewed political and social history of women in the 20th century. We should stress on four main overlapped thematics: 1 ) The ways in which the Ethiopian state and the foreign imperial powers conceptualized girls’ education to fulfill their political agenda of nation-building and geopolitical influence; 2) school socialization and the shaping of women identities through curricula and pedagogical practices; 3) the rearrangements of knowledge, values, and practices by the girls themselves; 4) the uses by women, in their private and public lives, of what they were taught at school. The analysis of girls’ education enables to understand women’s agency in changing gendered social structures.
Belete Bizuneh, historian, is the head of the Department of History at Addis Ababa University. He is specialized in history of Ethiopian borderland communities, environmental history and Ethiopian women’s history. Pierre Guidi, historian, is associate researcher at Institut des mondes africains (IMAF, UMR 8171). He is specialized in history of education in contemporary Ethiopia.
Convenors of the seminar series: Belete Bizuneh (AAU, History Dept.), Thomas Guindeuil (CFEE), Margaux Herman (CFEE/IMAF), Angela M. Mueller (Hamburg Univ.), Rahwa Mussie (AAU, Center for Gender Studies).
Photo: Ministry of Information, ትምህርት በኢትዮጵያ (Education in Ethiopia), Addis Ababa, 1968.