Fourth International Oromo Studies Press Release

The 4th International Oromo Studies Conference Successfully Concluded

The 4th International Oromo Studies organised by the Institute of Oromo Studies -Jimma University and the Network of Oromo Studies-UK , hosted by Jimma University was successfully concluded. The conference was held 18-19, July 2019 at Jimma University. More than 2000 people participated from around the world.
In view of the grand theme “Oromia State formation, Socio-Political order, and The Horn “there were 83 abstracts from which 31 were selected and presented on the conference. In addition to the country’s universities, presenters were from abroad including Khartoum University. The conference is the first of its kind to be conducted in Oromia in such a way, drawing together all Oromo and non-Oromo scholars and different organisations from around the world . At the same time it makes it especial in a sense that it was organised by the collaboration of Oromo studies organisations in the country and abroad for the first time.
It was noted that this collaboration was made possible by the long-standing Oromo struggle for freedom and justice, and by the sacrifice of beloved Oromo freedom heroes and Qeerro, Qarree for the same. These martyrs were remembered at the inception of the conference.
The conference’s aim to bringing together leading academics, researchers and other interested to exchange and share their research findings on all aspects of state formation in Oromia, Ethiopia and the Horn; and policy challenges and opportunities was achieved by appropriate research papers presented from different perspectives and discussions.
The plenary session pointed out that the conference was an opportunity for all, but political entities to critically think of the essentials of Oromia state building by considering geopolitical conditions of the Horn.
It was also noted that apparently research about Oromo and Oromia is scarce and requires joint effort of institutions. The emergence of Oromo Study institutions was appreciated. However, some of these are in exile and others are in the country at different locations. This makes difficult for them to preserve and provide a centralised profile of Oromia. As it stands, there is no well organised and resourced central research and publication unit, central Ethnological museum and central study Library of Oromia. Therefore, it was suggested that Oromia needs to have a well-resourced national public Oromo studies centre/institute at the centre of Oromia – that centre is FINFINNEE.

It was discussed that Oromo Scholars society can provide a sound basis for research efforts, nation building, economic prosperity and social inclusion, but it won’t just happen. It will require a persistent, long-term, focus on quality, innovation, continuous improvement and entrepreneurship informed by research findings and indigenous knowledge. In line with this, it was duly noted that this in turn requires establishment of an independent Oromo scholars’ society that Oromo scholars should act right away. Follow the link below.
https://youtu.be/WGA_lmjTgB0

IOS/NOS 4th International Conference, Jimma University, Oromia, 18-19 July 2019

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4th International Conference on Oromo Studies Key Note Speakers

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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 and Ethiopia and where feasible in other parts of Western Europe and Scandinavian countries;
• Exchange publications pertinent to Oromo studies, and other information;

• The parties agreed to designate, on behalf of each institution, who will co-ordinate the execution of MOU, and draw up programme of activities to be jointly implemented between both parties. For this purpose, the Chair of NOS and IOS president/director will be responsible officers.

Duration
This MOU will remain effective until such time that both parties agreed in writing to propose any form of alteration. The MOU could be terminated by any of the parties issuing six months prior notice.

Contact Information
Partner name: the Network of Oromo Studies (NOS)
Partner representative: Gizaw Tasissa
Position: Director
St Pauls Drive
London, E15 1JN
Telephone: 0044 2037373356, 0044 7538263883
Fax
E-mail: info@networkoromostudies.org

Partner name: Institute of Oromo Studies
Partner representative:
Position: President
Address:
Telephone:
Fax
E-mail: admin@oromostudies.org

Date:
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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- https://goo.gl/WxiKpn 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 : http://networkoromostudies.com/?p=35
IOS website: https://www.ju.edu.et/ios/

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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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The Network of Oromo studies Job Vacancy

 

Volunteer vacancy

Job title: Fund and research personnel

Job description

The resource and research personnel is accountable to the director and performs the following duties:

  • Search and liaison with donation firms and make applications for fund
  • Search and set research area that helps informed policy decision making
  • Identify firms looking for consultancy service
  • In consultation with the director, complete respective forms from firms who seek consultancy service.
  • Undertake continued to follow up of  applications for fund
  • Attend NOS executive/board members meeting where necessary
  • Update ‘resource ‘page of NOS
  • Undertake promotion activities for funding and NOS membership development

Requirements

  • First degree and above in any area of study
  • Experience in fundraising and research is value added

Benefits

  • Employment priority of  the consultancy project  for which  fund is secured through his duty
  • Improve your CV for further career and NOS as a reference
  • Attend NOS conferences for free
  • Free subscription to NOS journal
  • Free NOS membership
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The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) Conference Successfully Concluded

The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) Conference Successfully Concluded

The Network of Oromo Studies Conference held in London at the University of East London from September 1-2, 2018 was Successfully Concluded.

Attendants were across the world mainly from USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Ethiopia and UK.

The conference was officially opened by the speech made by Dr Gizaw Tasissa, NOS director. After outlining the purposes of NOS, Gizaw noted that NOS encourages junior researchers without missing senior ones. He also underlined that NOS is dedicated to encouraging scientific researches in Afaan Oromo and will extend its conference venue to countries outside UK.

Professor Asmerom Legesse delivered keynote speech that indicated the relevance of having number of research institutions like NOS in exploring and knowledge banking as well as provide information for policy makers.

The following research papers were presented and discussed during the conference.

  • A Comparative Analysis of Colonial Empires in Africa.
  • The Oromo Gada System in Contemporary (21st C) World.
  • Article 39, Oromo Nationalism and Abyssinian Exceptionalism.
  • Features and Implications of Linguicism in the Ethiopian Language Policy and Practice.
  • The second day of the conference deliberated on the keynote speech by Dr Rundasa Eshete via skype.
  • Experiential reflection, writing experiences of an Oromo writer- Mr. Mengesha Rikitu.
  • The Ethiopian Empire and its Haunting Ghost: The National Question! What does this mean to Oromo Nationalism?

The second day was marked by the special event of award of honor to Professor Asmerom Legesse sent from Oromia, Borana Oromos. The award was Kallacha, which is a symbol of power, reconciliation/peace, and sovereignty of the Oromo gada system. The Network of Oromo studies is honored to award this to Professor Asmerom Legesse who is proliferator of Oromo studies and dedicated his full scholastic time to unveil the concealed and misinterpreted Oromo heritage.

The conference was successfully concluded with the reflections and discussions by the attendants. Please visit NOS website for details.

Opening speech

A special Award to Professor Asmerom Leggesse

Group photo of the closing day

Cultural dress of Oromo Abba Gada

More Picture of the participants

 

 

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NOS Second International Conference Programme

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The Network of Oromo Studies International Conference

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