Conference: Displacements, in and out of Ethiopia


‘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 (

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.

Displacements are in the air: episodes of profound political upheaval, violence and conflict, intensified crises of migration and expulsion, the disturbing specter of climatic and environmental instability, countless virtual shadows cast over the here and now by ubiquitous media technologies. What does it mean to live and strive in the face of such movements? What social and historical coordinates are at stake with these challenges? And what kind of understanding can anthropology contribute to the displacements of this time? The question has a special resonance when our most essential techniques like ethnography are themselves predicated on the heuristic value of displacement. What can be gleaned from the experience of unfamiliar circumstances? How is this knowledge usable to solve today challenges?

The 2018 Society for Cultural Anthropology Biennial Meeting, cosponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology, will invite such prospects in tangible form, as experiences of what is elsewhere and otherwise. For the first time, in 2018, the Society of Cultural Anthropology Biennial Meeting will take place as a virtual conference from the 19th to the 21th of April. (for a presentation of the conference:

As part of its research program on migrations, The CFEE (Anaïs Maro, PhD candidate, and Dr. Constance Perrin-Joly, researcher and member of the organizing committee) propose a panel and a local node permitting to take part in this conference, on April 20 at the Bellevue Hotel, Addis Ababa. The panel proposed by Anaïs Maro is entitled ‘Displacements, in and out of Ethiopia’,  because Ethiopia can be considered all at the same time as a place attracting migrants, from where they originate and a point of passage on migratory ways. The panel will question the role of Ethiopian diaspora, particularly in economic development via remittance and entrepreneurship (Dr. Constance Perrin-Joly). The diaspora also plays a role in the construction and interpretation of modern and traditional Ethiopian culture  (Anaïs Maro, on Oromo music). Displacements also happen within the borders of Ethiopia: the economic development of the country induces resettlement, and repetitive droughts leads inhabitants of affected region to seasonal migration potentially creating internal climatic migrants (Dr. Alice Corbet, on Sekota). Finally,  for Eritreans, Somalis and South Sudanese refugees, Ethiopia is a stop on the road to the West (Dr. Tekalign Ayalew).

In addition, two video-recorded panels presenting findings from other scholars will also be presented and discussed during the node: ‘In and Out of the Europe That Is’ and ‘Errance in a Time of Displacement’.

The afternoon will be dedicated to discussions between scholars, practitioners and institutions on cooperation regarding migrations. Migrations can be understood as displacements from, to, or within a country, they encompass economic migrations, climatic change related displacements, political refugees, etc. The purpose of this discussion is to present current practice and challenges in academic/professional cooperation and identify key elements for a better use of mutual knowledge and experience about displacements (in and out Ethiopia, but also in other contexts).

The Addis Ababa node of the biennial meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology is organized by the CFEE and sponsored by Bellevue Hotel (

The conference is open but registration is mandatory (limited seating). Please register before the 18th of April: cperrinjoly[at]gmail[dot]com

The complete program of the conference can be find at the following address:

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