Oromo History in the making: OSA Annual Conference is hosted in Finfinne for the first time

Oromo History in the making: OSA Annual Conference is hosted in Finfinne for the first time

For the first time in over 30 years of its life, OSA’s 33rd Annual Conference is hosted at Rift Valley University in Finfinnee/Addis Ababa between July 26-28, 2019 (7:00 am – 6:30 pm each day). This year’s conference is a pull of highly distinguished guests who dedicated their life time to the Oromo cause  and studies. The gathering includes Professor Asmerom Legesse, Dr. John Markakis, Ms. Bonnie K. Holcomb, and many more. The conference brings together OSA presidents from Dr. Ismail Abdullahi (1990 – 1992) to the current, Lawyer Kulani Jalata (the first female, young and born outside of  Oromia).

It is a privilege for the founders of OSA to come together at a place in their heart for the last 33 years. OSA’s this year conference is able to converge Oromo intellectuals at the capital city of  Oromia. We hope it will draw a robust foundation for the future studies of Oromo and other peoples in that country. Congratulations! Wish you the best.

Brief Background

The Oromo Studies Association (OSA) is a scholarly organisation established by leading Oromo and non-Oromo academics who have an active interest in Oromo history, culture, politics, literature, economy and language.  Since its founding in 1992, OSA provided an institutional framework and direction for scholarship and debate in Oromo studies, fostering a collegial intellectual culture within and outside academe. For over two decades now, OSA encouraged, facilitated and promoted world-leading research on the Oromo, deepening our understanding of the Oromo people, its history and culture. Through its annual conferences, OSA brings together academics, activists and students of diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds, providing the much needed platform for scholarly reflection and a celebration of Oromo culture. Its main publication, the Journal of Oromo Studies, is a peer-reviewed journal that seeks to incite a critical dialogue within and across disciplines, on the history, politics, and culture of the Oromo people.

The Oromo Studies Association, 33rd Annual Conference Program

Theme: A New Frontier –  Ushering in Lasting Change in Oromia, Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa

July 26-28, 2019

Rift Valley University – Conference Hall

Finfinnee/Addis Ababa

For more PDF: OSA 2019 Annual Conference Program.


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