History & GSL Brown Bag Lunch Series: Asma's Vision of Ethiopia

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

GSL and History present a special Brown Bag Series event featuring Pre-doctoral Fellow Bekalu Kifle

Join MIT Global Studies and Languages and History for the final Brown Bag Lunch Series: informal presentations on current research by faculty, lecturers, post-docs, and visiting scholars with lunch provided.

Wednesday, May 3 • 1:00PM • E51-285
Bekalu Kifle, GSL Pre-doctoral Fellow
"Asma's Vision of Ethiopia"

The History of the Galla and the Kingdom of Shoa was written by Asma Giyorgis between 1910 and the author’s death in 1915. Kifle considers this work as a departure from the age-old tradition of recording the past (chronicle and hagiographical writings). At the start of the 20th Century Ethiopian history came to be written in a linear mode. Kifle explores how the author engaged in source criticism characterized by unsparing critique of former generations of historians; how he set up his periodization and temporal focus for the manuscript; and how he attended to such questions as: Who constitutes the national subject? Which groups, which races, which regions, which classes make the nation and which do not? 

Lunch will be served from 12:30 pm. RSVP by May 1 with any food restrictions to mcollett@mit.edu