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The project planned an exchange of knowledge between Ethiopian academics and local experts. In this environment the archived material was discussed, commented upon and utilized for further research. The results of this collaborative work was set up in two workshops held in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Hawassa) and one lecture series at Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. 

The presentations of the workshop at Hawassa University were published in a special issue of "Ityopis":


Workshop "Research & Displacement of Cultural Heritage from Ethiopia" -  October 2nd 2015, Goethe-Institute, Addis Abeba


Getachew Senishaw (Social Anthropology Department, Addis Ababa University):

Policies and regulations on repatriation and restitution of cultural heritage in Ethiopia. 


Ahmed Zekaria (Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa):

Six decades of experience. The IES Museum revisited.


Haile Muluken (Mekelle University): 

Documentaion and removal of Ethiopia heritages by Italians and the Italian state. A discussion of past and present endeavors for memora preservation.


Sophia Thubauville (Frobenius Institute Frankfurt am Main):

Ethiopian studies at the Frobenius-Institute and displaced objects in Frankfurt. 


Kansite Gellebo Korra (Arba Minch University):

Waaka and their present status in Konso. 


Fesseha Berhe (Mekelle University):

Archaeological excavations and local communities.


Ivo Strecker:

In defense of anthropology. The preservation of non-material heritage.


Frankfurter Südäthiopien Forschung: Eine Retrospektive


April 18, 2016 - Herbert Lewis (Madison): Sixty years of anthropology in Ethiopia


April 25, 2016 - S.K.H. Prinz Asfa-Wossen Asserate: Haile Selassie und die äthiopische Moderne 


May 2, 2016 - Dirk Bustorf (Hamburg): Oral informants and the Frankfurt tradition of ethnographic research in Southern Ethiopia


May 9, 2016 - Susanne Epple (Frankfurt am Main): Strikte Abgrenzung oder flexible Kategorien? Neue Einsichten in die Forschungen des Frobenius-Instituts zu sogenannten Handwerker-, Jäger-  und Sklavenkasten Äthiopiens


May 23, 2016 - Jon Abbink (Leiden): „Wie es eigentlich gewesen...“ - Eike Haberland’s Rankean approach to African cultures, and its legacy today


May 30, 2016 - Ulrich Braukämper (Göttingen): Feldforschung im Spannungsfeld von ethnischemPartikularismus. Beispiele aus Süd-Äthiopien


July 4, 2016 - Ivo Strecker (Mekelle): A. E. Jensen's style of thinking and writing


July 11, 2016 - Itsushi Kawase (Osaka): Ethnographic Filmmaking in Ethiopia