CFEE Seminar: “Bridge-people”


“Bridge-people”, or are some people more gifted to manage between-worlds cultural encounters? About friendship, economy, curiosity, creating future plans and grasping opportunities in Jinka, South Omo

 By Marion Langumier

  Date : Mardi 10 septembre 2019, 14h-15h / Date: Tuesday September 10, 2019, 2:00-3:00pm À / Venue: Berhanou Abebe Library, French Center for Ethiopian Studies (Jan Meda,

Perched on the very last heights of the Abyssinian plateau, the southwestern administrative center town of Jinka has grown fast since it’s foundation in the 1950s, with a sudden acceleration as ethnic tourism developed in its immediate vicinity in the last fifteen years. In this presentation, I will propose some reflections on the modalities of cultural contact based on data collected in Jinka and its surrounding between 2016 and 2019. Focusing on portraits through self-introducing addresses, socio-professional itineraries and life stories, I will work on the hypothesis of particular ability and taste for encountering different worlds as a feature of people’s agency in a regional context of unequal access to education, political representation and wage employment between migrant-descending town-dwellers and individuals from peripheral pastoral communities.

Marion Langumier is a PhD candidate at the department of anthropology of Université Paris Nanterre (France), where she received her MA. During her Master’s fieldwork in South Omo in 2016, she spent one year learning Amharic as well as Munen, a language spoken by the Mursi people who first welcomed her. She has now turned to urban ethnography in order to devolve more attention to the relational triangle between foreigners, highland descent and agro-pastoralists at the interaction level. Her research interests include postcolonial anthropology, ethics, gender and visual cultures.

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