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The Ethiopian Writers’ Association: Between Multilingual Openings and Monolingual Practice

By |2019-05-03T15:02:16+01:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Horn of Africa, Journals, Reading|Tags: , , , , , |

When the association that claims to be “Ethiopian” restricts its policy and publications to the tradition of one language and presents that language as a representative of the country, the legitimacy of such a claim should be called into question.

Asoosama gabaabaa: A short story in Oromo

By |2019-04-12T14:13:21+01:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Genre, Horn of Africa, Reading, Translations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

"I did not know it" tells the story of Ruufo Gurraachaa, a girl who survived the Surro massacre as a small child. Brought up by a perpetrator of the massacre and given in marriage to an old man who orchestrated the violence, Ruufo is unaware of her tragic past. Yet these secrets cannot stay hidden. As Ruufo discovers that her husband's past brutally connects with her own, she must decide whether or not to take revenge.

Postcolonial Print Cultures Conference Report

By |2019-04-12T14:14:35+01:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Horn of Africa, Journals, Literary Criticism, Maghreb, North India, Past events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Postcolonial Print Cultures Conference was convened at SOAS University of London on the 11-12th January 2019. The methodological conditions behind the conference are to consider the historical moment of the Cold War in ways other than by splitting the world into two spheres.

Barreessitoonni fi Qorattoonni Oromoo waa’ee Ogbarruu Oromoo Maal Jedhu?

By |2019-04-12T14:16:06+01:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Horn of Africa, Reading, Translations|Tags: , , , , , |

Ayele Kebede Roba discusses Oromo literature in the Oromo language; centring discussions of world literature outside of the English language.

The Oromo Reader (1894): Oromo folksongs and the sorrow of exile

By |2019-04-12T14:16:26+01:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Horn of Africa, Orality and Oral Forms, Reading, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

The second blog post on the history of Oromo folklore looks at The Oromo Reader (1894) compiled by Aster Ganno and Onesimo Nasib.

“A miniature Oromo academy in exile”: How former slaves pioneered Oromo studies

By |2019-04-12T14:16:38+01:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: Horn of Africa, Orality and Oral Forms, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dr Assefa Tefera Dibaba introduces the history of Oromo folklore studies.

Dernières nouvelles du colonialisme: legitimising collective memory in the face of legislative amnesia

By |2019-04-12T14:17:09+01:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Education and Taste, Horn of Africa, Reading, Themes, Translations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Isadora Hutcheson-Lovett argues that "Dernières nouvelles du colonialisme" pushes back against French legislative power; demonstrating collective transnational memory in the face of France's metropolitan amnesia.

Ethiopia and the convergence of antifascist and anticolonial activism in the 1930s

By |2019-04-12T14:19:40+01:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Horn of Africa, Literary Criticism, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr Sara Marzagora reviews Neelam Srivastava's new book "Italian Colonialism and Resistances to Empire, 1930-1977"

Vahni Capildeo: The Mother Tongue is an Evil Myth

By |2019-04-12T14:20:25+01:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: Horn of Africa, Poetry, Reading, Translations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Is there such thing as a single language? Capildeo's poetry emphasises linguistic multiplicity even in monoglot societies.

Contextualising politics of the South African Land Fear

By |2018-10-13T20:08:17+01:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Horn of Africa, Reading|Tags: , , , , |

Edna Mohamed is an MA Postcolonial Studies student at SOAS, University of London. Her current research examines de-linking practises and liberation movements within the cultural form from a Black feminist lens. Her other interests are in race studies, the Muslim diaspora, postcolonial environmentalism and gender studies. Contextualising the politics of the South