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Competing Nationalisms in Ethiopia: the case for trans-national solidarity

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Speaker: Dr Awol Allo, LSE Fellow in Human Rights
Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu Assistant Professor in Human Rights
Date: Thursday 25 August 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB)

In a memorable formulation, sociologist Donald Levine described the making of “Greater Ethiopia” as “the Amhara thesis and the Oromo anti-thesis”.  The two groups, which constitute about two-thirds of Ethiopia’s 100 million people, hold radically different views about Ethiopia’s past and future.  Their re-collection and re-narration of major events – history, memory, society, and the state – are almost irreconcilable.

This lecture will evaluate mainstream conceptualizations of two competing forms of nationalisms, Ethiopian-ness and Oromo-ness, and their impact on contemporary Oromo-Amhara relations.  The lecture will conclude with some proposals for trans-national solidarity between the two groups.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSESolidarityEthiopia

Event recording

Audio recording of the event is available here.

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