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Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding Between The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) and Institute of Oromo Studies -Jimma University (IOS) This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets for the terms and understanding between the Network of Oromo Studies and the Institute of Oromo Studies -Jimma University to set out framework of cooperation. Background and rationale The Oromo of Ethiopia for centuries have been treated by the Ethiopian state as “newcomers,” and much the same in the national historiography. At the same time the Ethiopianist political and academic elites widely believed that “undertaking a study on the Oromo is permissible only if it enriched Ethiopian studies and contributed to the survival of Ethiopia as a unitary state.” Such Ethiopianist perspectives represent ethnocentric, cultural and political bias. Confronting such wrong depictions and establishing universally applicable knowledge thus became the career of Oromo studies. Since the 1980s a few works by Oromo “intellectual rebels” have achieved these. Such works were clearly positioned representing views of millions of the Oromo. This has placed independent Oromo studies such as Oromo studies Association, Institute of Oromo Studies and The Network of Oromo Studies on solid foundations. Despite considerable efforts having a single professional organization dedicated to the study of the Oromo people couldn’t cover social, political, economic and scientific studies pertaining to Oromia and the people. Therefore, there appeared a pressing need to have academic institution that will sustain Oromo studies’ influence, at different geographical locations in the world The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS), here after called NOS emerged from previous ad hoc attempt to expand the reach of other Oromo Study institution in Europe and Scandinavian countries and elsewhere. NOS is a continuation of an ad hoc work Oromo studies conferences in London that started in 2007 until it was temporarily stalled in 2011 when the volunteered organizing summer these conferences were faced with difficulties to sustain their ad hoc work. Thus the establishment of NOS as company limited registered in the UK in June 2015 is a re-invigorating ad hoc work of Oromo studies in London to promote access to academic and scholarship of Oromo Studies. Similarly IOS is instituted to fulfil the Oromo people’s vision in conducting research and studying Oromo traditional and indigenous wisdom and preserving the studies for the development of Ethiopia in general and the Oromia Regional State in particular. IOS’s and NOS experiences, therefore, yield crucial lessons to mutually advance Oromo studies and effective and efficient function of both. Whilst Ethiopia based IOS’s support for NOS is indisputably essential, the latter is also important in holding up the former by filling the gaps in Europe and vice versa. It is therefore imperative that both organizations to have a formal working relationship through some form of memorandum of understanding that establish the framework of cooperation. Purpose This MOU will serve as a general reference of cooperation and mutual understanding between NOS and IOS. The above goals will be accomplished by undertaking the following activities: • Jointly organizing Oromo conference in the UK… Read More

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Call for papers

Fourth International Oromo Studies Conference Jointly Organized by IOS and NOS The Institute of Oromo Studies (IOS) at Jimma University and The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) in the UK have jointly organized the Fourth International Oromo Studies Conference to be held from 18th – 19th July, 2019 at Jimma University, Oromia, Ethiopia. The conference welcomes abstract from scholars and students around the world. Conference Grand Theme Oromia State Formation and Socio-economic and Political Order in Ethiopia and the Horn The Conference welcomes research papers that examine why states of the Horn of Africa exist, and how they have come to take the peculiar political forms in which we now find them and what their impacts are on state formation in the region. Research papers, which explore the impacts of prolonged political conflicts on social, economic, political and cultural developments in the Horn of Africa in general, and Ethiopia and Oromia in particular will be considered. A critical analysis of the roles of international stakeholders such as AU, UN, EU etc., and government agencies, academic institutions, social and business organizations in addressing conflicts and or implementing conflict resolution strategies will be of interest to the conference. Additionally, studies on state formation and recommendations on a sustainable way forward will be relevant to this conference. Academic papers which scrutinize the following areas are welcome: • State and state formation in Ethiopia and the Horn; • Oromia state formation and Oromo nationalism: ideological, policy challenges and global context ; • Socio-political conditions in Oromia, Ethiopia and Implications for the Horn; • Global conditions and regional geopolitical issues in influencing peace and stability in the Horn; • The Politics of Languages in Ethiopia: the past and present conditions of Afaan Oromo; • Other related topics will also be considered. Submission of papers and key deadlines 1. Abstracts not more than 300 words should be sent by email by 21 March, 2019 via- please ONLY one email address to avoid confusion. 2. Notifications of accepted abstracts are to be issued by 23 April 2019 3. A full research paper of 4-5,000 words, should be sent to us by 30 May 2019, at [provide an email address]. Papers must be presented by using the Harvard citing and referencing style. Additional guidelines will be provided later. 4. The scientific committee of IOS and NOS will make the final decision whether or not an abstract is accepted. The editors have the right to make changes to the format of a paper as deemed required. 5. Each paper has a 20-minutes presentation slot. 6. Full program of the Conference will be available in due course. Stay tuned to : NOS website : IOS website:

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The Joint collaboration signatory event

The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) in UK and The Institute of Oromo Studies (IOS) at Jimma University in Ethiopia have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in advancing Oromo studies. The agreement was signed by Dr Gizaw Tasissa-NOS director and Dr Teshome Egere- President of IOS, on 12 Dec,2018 Finfinne.

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4th Oromo Studies International Conferece

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