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In this article I argue that Ethiopian history reserves a privileged site for successive states as incontestable sites of knowledge, truth, legitimacy, and national identity. It shows how the state reconstructs memory of its past as total knowledge, and how the state utilizes this 'truth' of the...
Elias Sime is one of the most prolific living contemporary artists in Ethiopia. Elias' works have been exhibited in such major international art events as the 2004 Dak'Art Biennale; 'Green Flame‚ in the 'New Crowned Hope Festival‚ directed by Peter Sellars; 'Flow' curated by Christine Kim at...
This article provides a critical reflection of radicalism in Ethiopia in the thirty years from 1961 to 1991. Radical politics among Ethiopians, both at home and abroad, grew out of the global radicalization of the 1960s. Radicalism in Ethiopia took one form: Marxism. The article highlights three...
For centuries Maale, a minority language spoken in the Omo region of Ethiopia, has been in contact with Amharic, the dominant language and the language of wider communication in Ethiopia. In spite of this prolonged contact situation, there is very little evidence of a language shift taking place...
Ethiopia seems to be charting a unique discourse on women which is similar to many of the 'gender' discourses on the continent (Namibia, Jamaica, Cameroon, etc.) that are embedded in the state. The situation is one where the government does not feel compelled to follow global trends on gender...
The aim of this article to is explore the origins of the Beta Israel people; analyse the conditions of their existence in mainland Israel; and critique the notions of displacement and diaspora as applied to their historical experience in Ethiopia. Scholars of the Beta Israel in Ethiopia and...
Ethiopia is home to many ethnic groups and nationalities, yet some have more recognition than others and some traditionally see themselves as superior to others. Before the 1974 revolution, discussions on ethnicity and nationalism were confined to certain groups of student unions and radical...
The implosion of the socialist military government in 1991 ushered in a 'new' period in Ethiopia. This article examines the reincorporation of the country into the sphere of neoliberalism after a hiatus of 17 years of socialist experimentation accompanied by a social engineering project which...
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