WORKSHOP: Ethiopia and its Neighbors on Maps (Gotha, Germany)


Local knowledge, territorial constructions and international map making

Workshop ETHIOMAP in Gotha


25 – 27 October 2017 | Perthes-Forum, Gotha Research Library
Ahnensaal, Justus-Perthes-Straße 5, Gotha

See the presentation here



Day 1: Wednesday 25 October

9.30–9.45 | Welcoming addresses
Kathrin Paasch (Gotha Research Library, Erfurt University)
Iris Schröder (Gotha Research Centre, Erfurt University)

9.30–9.45 | Introduction
Eloi Ficquet (EHESS, Paris): Feedback from the Ethiomap website: new tools of research and their results.
Wolbert Smidt (Gotha/Mekelle): Maps as sources for external perspectives and for local knowledge as a basis for future research: Territories between exact representation and non-existance.

Discussants for the 6 sessions
Günther Schlee (MPI für Ethnologische Forschung, Halle)
Marie de Rugy (Gotha Research Centre, Erfurt University)
Tobias Mörike (Gotha Research Centre, Erfurt University)
Anke Fischer-Kattner (Universität der Bundeswehr, München)

10.30–12.00 | 1st session: Early 19th century cartography
Christopher Clapham (Cambridge University): Henry Salt’s “Map of Abyssinia and the Adjacent Districts” (1814).
Dorothea McEwan (Warburg Institute, London): What is the use of cross-sectional profiles? On Georg Wilhelm Schimper’s hand drawn cross-sectional profiles accompanying the manuscript maps of three areas in Ethiopia.

14.00–15.30 | 2nd session: An early high-quality French map: Lefebvre (1845)
Fesseha Berhe (Mekelle University / EHESS): The Lefebvre map with particular focus on southeastern Tigray: The presence of local information on the Doba’a in the Hashenge area.
Ahmed Hassen Omer (IES, Addis Ababa): From local itineraries to maps: Places of Shewa and Wollo in the travel accounts and maps published by T. Lefebvre (1845).

16.00–17.30 | 3rd session: Cartographic progress and invention in France
Eloi Ficquet (EHESS, Paris): Open data cartography in the 19th century: The geodesic maps of Ethiopian territories published by Antoine d’Abbadie in the 1860s.
Simon Imbert-Vier (IMAF, Aix-en-Provence): In search of Lake Alli: Political significance of a cartographic invention, French Somaliland, 1897-1954.

DAY 2: Thursday 26 October

9.30–11.00 | 4th session: Gotha, the new centre of cartography
Petra Weigel (Gotha Research Library, Erfurt University): Äthiopien in Gotha. Aethiopica in den Beständen der Forschungsbibliothek Gotha. (Ethiopia in Gotha. Aethiopica in the Collections of the Research Library Gotha).
Iris Schröder (Gotha Research Centre, Erfurt University): Mapping Ethiopia in Times of Change. Hermann Habenicht’s farfetched knowlegeability and the art of compilation in his 10-sheet Map of Africa, 1880s-early 1890s.

11.00–12.30 | 5th session: Internal boundaries and international borderlands in Ethiopia
Günter Schröder (Frankfurt): The administrative map of the late reign of Menilek II: Evolution of internal administration of Ethiopia from Menelik to the EPRDF in maps.
Alexander Meckelburg (Catholic University of Eastern Africa – CUEA, Kenya): Vanishing cultures and changing territories? The Ethiopian-Sudanese borderlands on selected maps, with focus on Juan Schuver, since the 1880s.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM | Visit of the 8. “Kartenwochen” Exhibition: Äthiopien in Gotha.

18.15–20.00 | Evening session: Public Keynote Lecture of the Kartenwochen
Wolbert Smidt (Mekelle University / Gotha Research Centre): Die besondere Beziehung zwischen Gotha und Äthiopien: Träume von biblischen Ländern und internationaler Diplomatie der Gothaer Herzöge im alten Abessinien.

DAY 3: Friday 27 October

9.30–11.00 | 6th session: The Ethiopian borderlands (continued)
Wolbert Smidt (Mekelle University / Gotha Research Centre) : The hidden cartographic competition between Heuglin and Munzinger in the northern borderlands – a contrast of field research methods from the 1850s to their last maps of 1875.

Markus V. Hoehne (Halle University, Institute of Ethnology): Borders of Somaliland in local practice, tradition and imagination.


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