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Lecture - A long view: Ethiopian responses to land appropriation

Wolde Tadesse

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

5:00pm in the Seminar Room, at the African Studies Centre, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford, OX2 6LH.

The lecture is part of the Horn of Africa Seminar Series run by the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

The Horn of Africa Seminar brings together students and scholars interested in examining the region from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective. This term, the seminar will look at a variety of issues, including memory and identity in the context of Somalia's civil war, and a range of Ethiopian themes: Islam and the state; the recent Oromo protest movement and responses to land appropriation. By hosting lectures by experienced researchers alongside post-graduates, and by mixing academic and policy research, the organisers hope to come to a shared, factually informed and politically relevant understanding of trends in the region.

Wolde Tadesse is a Research Associate at the African Studies Center with several years as a researcher among southern Ethiopian pastoralists and cultivators of the Omotic Area (covering Gamo, Gofa, Wolaita), Arbore and Konso. He has written on issues such as economic and bond-friendship networks in southwestern Ethiopia. He has also worked on an explanation the Hor/Arbore give about why they go to war with their neighbours. He has written on various issues in connection with Southern Ethiopia and has edited a two-volume book with a former Max-Planck colleague Professor Thomas Widlok. He held a senior research position at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and later joined the Christensen Fund of California as their Program Officer for the African Rift Valley planning and making grants for biocultural diversity related projects. Prior to his PhD training at LSE in Social Anthropology he worked as a Lexicographer of Omotic Languages working in Gamo and Wolaita.

The event is free to attend and no prior registration is required, all are welcome.

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