The Africa Institute Announces Its First Season

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Oct 09,2019
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The Africa Institute (AI) launches its first scholarly and cultural season this month in Africa Hall, Sharjah. Taking place on 11 and 12 October 2019, the launch includes a lecture on Ethiopian history as well as live music performances by Ethiopian musicians.

Each year, the Institute will organise a season focusing on one country from the African continent or one of the African diaspora communities worldwide. For its first season, the academic year 2019–2020, the Institute will focus on Ethiopia.

'From migration to cultural and economic exchange, the relationship between Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates runs deep,’ said Hoor Al Qasimi, President of The Africa Institute. ‘We at The Africa Institute are excited to collaborate with the College of Performing and Visual Art and the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University to celebrate the history, heritage and culture of the ancient civilisation of Ethiopia throughout the year.’

‘There is much in Ethiopia’s history that audiences in the Middle Eastern, Arab and Islamic world will find inspiring, particularly with respect to the early history of Islam and its unique relationship with Ethiopia, where early converts sought refuge in the land of Abyssinia,’ said Salah M Hassan, Director of The Africa Institute. ‘Additionally, Ethiopia’s racial diversity, rich cultural heritage and contributions to the project of modernity in Africa make the country a model, both as an ancient empire and a modern nation-state.’

All events take place in Africa Hall and, unless otherwise stated, are free and open to the public.

The programme for 11 and 12 October follows below:

 

Friday, 11 October 2019 

6:00 pm–7:30 pm  

Lecture and Press Conference

On Ethiopian History

Surafel Wondemu, Elizabeth Giorgis and Dagmawi Woubshet with Salah M. Hassan

Three leading Ethiopian scholars—Elizabeth W. Giorgis (Addis Ababa University), Surafel Wondemu (Addis Ababa University) and Dagmawi Woubshet (University of Pennsylvania)—will come together to shed new light on Ethiopia’s history and contemporary condition while also considering its contributions to current debates on modernity and the postcolonial condition. Moderated by Salah M. Hassan.

 

8:00 pm–10:00 pm              Music Performance

Alemayehu and Band, featuring Bethlehem Bekele

Original Ethiopian music, including classic Ethiopian jazz from the 1970s until today, will be performed live.

 

Saturday,  12 October 2019

9:30 pm–11:00 pm              Music Performance

Alemayehu and Band, featuring Bethlehem Bekele

Original Ethiopian music, including classic Ethiopian jazz from the 1970s until today, will be performed live.

 

To register for the music performance, send an email to info@theafricainstitute.org specifying the preferred date of attendance.

The schedule for the remainder of this season’s programme, including films that will be screened as part of the institute’s seasonal film festival, Imagining Ethiopia, follows below. All events will take place in Africa Hall, except for the two-part exhibition and the final scholarly conference.

 

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