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Book of Abstracts

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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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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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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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