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Opening of exhibition "Ethiopia pictured on maps"

Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia 222 Views

The Alliance Ethio-Française of Addis-Ababa is a non-profit organization fostering cultural and linguistic exchanges between France and Ethiopia since 1907. Its main mission is teachi...

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Jun 20, 2019 5:00PM

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Jun 20, 2019 7:00PM
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The historical cartography of Ethiopia offers new perspectives and insights, and a number of surprises... An intellectual and cultural adventure is waiting for us when we start discovering this largely unknown historical source. The old maps of provinces, kingdoms and sultanates of the Ethiopian region are - in great contrast to the modern, much more "geographical" maps - characterized by a great richness of cultural and political information. Certainly those old maps are not exact, and are the results of interpretations, imaginations - but they are also the product of a long history of interactions and encounters between researchers coming from outside and local Ethiopian traditional scholars and political practicians. These maps are therefore very precious witnesses: Not only telling us about the perspective of the one coming from outside who tries to "write the country", but the maps also reflect a rich and complex knowledge about the sociopolitical, economic and cultural organisation of the territories of the region. Already in 1652 an Ethiopian scholar, resident in Rome and Gotha in Germany, contributed to the production of a detailed map of Ethiopia. After him, there was a long series of Ethiopians who interacted in different ways with the researchers coming to the region. Therefore, the maps preserve this cultural heritage of local knowledge, which is presented to you by this exhibition ... We are inviting you to rediscover a long history of territorial knowledge, and of its imaginations and interpretations! 5pm: Conference and discussion lead by: - Wolbert Smidt, historian and ethnologist, expert in Horn of Africa's societies, director of the Department of History and Heritage Management at Mekelle's University. He will offer a historical presentation of maps of Ethiopia, based on Gotha artchives. - Eloi Ficquet, Associate Professor on History and Anthropology of the Horn of Africa at EHESS (Paris) and previous director of the French Center for Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa), he will give us an insight on the "underside of the maps", focusing on three maps (Ludolf/Grégorio 1683, Salt 1810, D'Abbadie 1863). 6.30pm: Opening of the exhibition


Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia


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