PANEL 4.10

Fixity and Mobility: Regional Studies on the Move

Coordination:
Thomas Osmond, CFEE, Ethiopia

This panel aims at discussing the dynamics of regional political centres in the history of Ethiopia, in ancient and contemporary settings. These centres are understood as the result of confrontation and exchange at different levels. On the one hand, they are constituted by local re-interpretations of social orders of wider scales, such as empires or transnational ideologies. On the other hand, these power centres re-invent themselves by arbitrating and acting within very local realities. Moreover, they tend to establish themselves in a static place (fixity). Nevertheless, on the long run, they remain extremely dynamic (mobility), they have to move, permanently change their location and redefine their function and importance.
Classical historiography has rather attempted to write the history of the country and reveal continuities in the locations of polity, by depicting a limited number of regional ruling dynasties and political orders, confronted to their immutable peripheries. In the opposite, this panel is aimed at questioning the plural regional histories of Ethiopia, by emphasizing (1) the mobility of ambivalent local centres and peripheries, (2) the fictionality of their social distinctions and (3) the fixity of some historical habits and modes of governance, haunting the regional dimensions of Ethiopian politics. Presentations of different case studies in local contexts will be welcome.

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SELECTED PAPERS

Dr.

BISAILLON Laura

Imagineering the city and naturalizing difference: The politics of spatial reorganization in Harar

Mr

BREINES Markus

Re-negotiating self and structures of political power: Tigrayan migration to Addis Ababa

Prof.

ERLICH, Haggai

Haile Selassie and Israel

Mr

FESSEHA BERHE

Saho Muslim Societies in Tigray: An Overview

Dr

FUJIMOTO Takeshi

A Vanished Town of Imperial Settlers and an Emerging Town of Local People: An Ethnohistorical Study of Divergent Urban Vicissitudes in Malo, Southwestern Ethiopia

Mr

KRUCZYNSKI Arnaud

Gurage: A single term, so much histories

Prof.

LEVINE, Donald

ThreeGreat Vicissitudes in Ethiopian Civilization

Authors are advised to submit their paper to the Organizing Committee
before September 30, 2012
.

Papers will be published as pre-proceedings on the website, under each panel section.

Papers should be limited to ca. 5000 words or 30,000 signs (including spaces).

Guidelines to authors for formatting papers:

Transilteration systems for Ethiosemitic languages


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