Hiob Ludolf Guest Professorship
In 2003 the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, with the support of the DeutschÄthiopischeStiftung, has called into life the Hiob Ludolf Guest Professorship dedicated to the Current Issues in Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies that brings established and emerging scholars of the Horn of Africa to the University of Hamburg in order to complete the classical curriculum by offering courses in modern ethnological, social and political developments in North Eastern Africa. Topics covered include development and cooperation, economy and finance, trade and inter-ethnical conflicts, inter-religious dialogue, parties and democratization processes etc. The Professorship is expected to improve job market chances of the graduates in Ethiopian studies on the one hand and promote research into the related issues on the other hand.
Besides teaching, the Guest Professor work on their own research agendas on the premises of the HLCES, write articles for the Aethiopica international peer-reviewed academic journal or entries for the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, and serve as resident consultants and expert referees for the various projects of the Centre.
The professorship is sponsored by foundations, private persons and industries.
Hiob Ludolf Guest Professor 2013/14
Prof. Itsushi Kawase
Course: Visual Anthropology and Ethiopia
Course summary: A significant number of academic films, particularly, ethnographic films based on anthropological inquiry with the long-term field research have been produced centering on the variety of cultures in Ethiopia. Quite a few films among them are considered as epoch making works of the history of visual ethnography of all time. The recent development of digital technology as well as the dramatic growth of visual anthropology conferences and ethnographic film festivals has further furnished the production and progress of methodology of ethnographic films on Ethiopia. Also, it is noteworthy to mention the recent emergence of the documentary films of Ethiopian diaspora who actively seeks for their identity through filmmaking.
This course is being offered to students who are interested in integrating film as the practice of doing anthropological studies on Ethiopia. Ethnographic films and also internationally-acclaimed documentary films on Ethiopian cultures, from classic to the latest ones, will be presented in the course. Then, different audio-visual approaches to film/research subjects and different styles/conventions employed in the construction of audio-visual narratives will be examined. Through discussion of the films and statements of a number of the filmmakers, students will learn to 'view' or 'read' films on Ethiopia critically.
Hiob Ludolf Guest Professors since 2003:
- 2012/13: Stefan Brüne, Germany; Tsehai Berhane-Selassie, Ireland
- 2011/12: Abbebe Kifleyesus; James McCann, USA
- 2010/11: Awet Tewelde Weldemichael, USA
- 2009/10: Alessandro Gori, Italy
- 2008/09: Didier Morin, France; Abbebe Kifleyesus, Eritrea
- 2007/08: Shiferaw Bekele, Ethiopia; Paolo Marrassini, Italy
- 2006/07: Stefan Brüne, Germany; Jon Abbink, the Netherlands
- 2005/06: Alessandro Bausi, Italy; Baye Yimam, Ethiopia; Belachew Gebrewold, Austria
- 2004/05: Ewa Balicka-Witakowska, Sweden; Alain Gascon, France; Theodore Vestal, USA
- 2003/04: Steven Kaplan, Israel; Sean O'Fahey, Norway; Siegfried Pausewang, Norway