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Call for paper, The Network of Oromo Studies 2nd International Conference in London, Dec 16-17, 2017

The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) invites contributions of research papers from established academics, practitioners and students of Oromo Studies to its 2nd International Conference, December 16-17, 2017 in London, the United Kingdom.

Theme: Colonial Boundaries, Oromo Nationalism and World Order


The partition of Africa among the European powers following the Berlin Conference of 1884–85 established the current borders and boundaries of the continent. The demarcations were arbitrary and imposed by the European colonialists annexing different peoples into countries that do not represent their heritage, cultures, territories, socio-political systems or aspirations. For example, the Tripartite Treaty of 1906 and subsequent Herstlett 1909: Article 1 agreement among Britain, France and Italy created Ethiopia, in Holcomb and Sisay’s terms, a dependent colonial state which incorporated many independent neighboring states such as Oromia, Ogadenia and Sidama.

Since the formation of the arbitrary colonial boundaries and dependent states was not based on consultation and the consent of the people affected by the imposition, resistance has been mounting again them. The opposition to colonial boundaries and dependent states has been led by nationalist movements in Africa and elsewhere due to disputed borders and quest for national self -determination. The movements in the Horn of Africa include Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, Oromo Liberation Front, Ogadenian Liberation Front, Sidama Liberation Front and Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. In the case of Eritrea and South Sudan, the nationalists led resistance has achieved independence. Other movements are still continuing with their struggle for self-determination. This struggle has costed hundreds of thousands of human lives and significant material resources. There is no much evidence to suggest that these movements and the Ethiopian government are likely to resolve their differences peacefully at the moment.

The UN, the AU, the western governments have been criticised for not doing much to stop the repression against nationalist movements by governments such as that of Ethiopia. The UN and the AU charters are committed to the so-called “principle of inviolability” of inherited boundaries from colonialism. The western media are also accused of ignoring or under-reporting the human rights abuses and the plight of the people who seek to exercise their rights to self-determination. Nationalism has remained a major force to challenge dependent state’s status quo. Others argue that globalisation will resolve the nationalists’ demand for self-determination. The recent British vote to break away from the European Union defies the globalisation argument and strengths a nationalistic desire to maintain one’s own full sovereignty.

The planned Conference seeks to analyse the above raised dilemmas in the contemporary struggle for nations to form statehood from multiple perspectives. The Conference welcomes research papers that scrutinise the past and present developments of multinational states, the challenges of formation and reconfiguration of colonial boundaries as well as efforts and failures to resolve nationalists’ quest for statehood with reference to the conflict between Oromia and Ethiopia.

Research papers, which examine the impacts of prolonged political conflicts on social, economic, political, cultural and educational development in the Horn of Africa in general, and Oromia, in particular, will be considered. A critical analysis of the roles of stakeholders such as international (UN, INGOs), supranational agencies (AU, EU etc.) and other governments in addressing any deleterious consequences of colonial boundaries and suggestions on a sustainable way forward will be relevant to this conference.

Important Dates

Abstract no more than 300 words 30th of August 2017
Notification of Acceptance, of abstract for the conference 15th of Sept 2017
Full paper submission deadline 15th of Nov, 2017
Deadline for receipt of presenter PowerPoint presentations: 30th of Nov, 2017

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NOS First International Conference Program

 The Network of Oromo Studies First International Conference, London

Oromo Studies: The Past, Present and its Future Contributions to Socio-Political Narratives in Oromia, Ethiopia and the Horn.

Date: 17-18 Dec, 2016

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: University of East London,

1 Water Lane

E15 4LZ

  Saturday 17 December 2016

10:00-10:45am: Registration and Reception

10:45-11:15: Opening Session

Welcome and Introduction of the Program:        Mr Gosaye Fida, NOS Deputy Director, Department of Public Health local government in London

Blessing from Elders and OC-UK Representative’s Remark

Opening Remark: Dr Gizaw Tasissa, NOS Director, London Metropolitan University

11: 15-11: 45: Keynote Speech,

Professor Emeritus Mekuria Bulcha, Nordic African Institute.

Chair: Mr Gosaye Fida, Department of public health, local government in London.

11:45- 12:45: Panelists

Chair: Dr Feyisa Dame

  • Dr Elfneh U. Bariso, College of North East and Enfield and Mr Eebbaa Elfineh, Parliament School; Oromo Orature as a Source of History.
  • Dr Edgardo Pizzolo Mcpherson, Education Constitutional Movements: Possible Lessons for Oromia.

12:45-13:30: Lunch Break, Poster and Book Exhibitions

 13:30- 15:00: Panelists

Chair: Dr Alemayehu Kumsa

  • Dr Trevor Truman, Keynote Speech; Oromo Support Group (OSG).
  • Professor Dennis Smith, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Loughborough University UK; Globalisation, the Hidden Agenda.
  • Dr Gemechu Guye, Independent Researcher; The Curiosity and Surprise of Gadaa System in Global Political Economy.

15:00-15:15: Break, Poster and Book Exhibitions

15:15 – 16:45: Panelists

Chair: Mr Gosaye Fida, Department of public health, local government in London

  • Mr Beekan Gulumma, University of Massachusetts, Gaaffii Dhaloota Qubee: Diddaa Hanga Fincilaatti (The Quest of Qubee Generation: From Resistance to Revolution).
  • Dr Alemyehu Kumsa, Charles University in Prague, Oromo National Memory.
  • Dr Belletech Deressa/Presenter Ms Addisalem Deressa, The Role of Women in Society, and their Participation in the Liberation Movement and Emerging Political System.

16:45-16.55: Announcements, Poster and Book Exhibitions and Networking 

Sunday 18 December 2016

10:00- 10:30: Registrations and Reception

10:30-10:45: Welcome and Introduction

10:45-11:45: Panelists:

Chair: Dr Elfineh U. Bariso

  • Dr Bersisa Berri, Knowledge Management Researcher and International Consultant, university of Birmingham; Indigenous Knowledge Management and its significance in improving Human Development in Developing Countries, Oromo in focus.
  • Miss Kristy Evers and Mr Sachkartar Singh Bhogal, Institute of Education, UCL; Teaching as a Design Science’: Blended Learning and the Conversational Framework.

11:45-12:13:00: Poster and Book Exhibitions, lunch break

13:00- 14:00:


Chair: Mr Nagasa Garba

  • Mr Hailu Negero; independent researcher; What makes some nations rich and the rest stay poor?
  •  Dibaba Amele, Independent Researcher; Why Ethnic Tyranny has persisted in Ethiopia?

14:05- 15:05: Panelists:

Chair:  Dr Zelalem Benti

  • Dr Kebede Hordofa, University of Oslo; Perspectives on Standardization of Afaan Oromo.
  • Zelealem Aberra, independent research; Resistance Literature in Oromo Struggle.

15:05- 15:45:  Break , Poster and Book Exhibitions

15:45 – 17:00

Chair: Dr Gizaw Tasissa

NOS Business Meeting











17:00-17:15 Closing







The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) First International Conference in London 17-18 Dec., 2016, Venue: Stratford, Water lane,E15 4LZ University of East London.Time: From 10am-5pm


Invitation for Paper


The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) invites contributions of research papers from established academics, practitioners and students of Oromo Studies to its first International conference, December 17-18, 2016. Venue: Stratford, Water lane, E15 4LZ University of East London.

 Theme:   The past, present and its future contribution to Socio-Political narratives in Oromia, Ethiopia and the Horn

 The field of Oromo studies has relatively been a neglected area of academic pursuit for too long. While a few organisations such as Oromo Studies Association (OSA) and individuals make formidable efforts to promote this field, there is scarcity in depth and width of robust research activities in this discipline. NOS endeavours to address this gap.

 Whilst the conference would like to critically review the Oromo studies as a scholarly endeavour and its contribution, it is also an opportunity to explore social and political landscape in Ethiopia at the present and its implication to Oromo’s and other nationalities and the horn of Africa.

The conference is also keen to receive research papers that capitalise on current Oromo issues to give deeper insight into the dynamic of maintain its status-qua and the role of international communities in this respect.

Deadline for submission of 300 words abstract is 31 Oct, 2016

The final paper should be no longer than 5000 should be submitted by 20 Nov. 2016 to be considered by the editorial board for publication in the Journal of Network of Oromo Studies.




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