Concerns about the armed conflicts in Ethiopia have also, unfortunately, accompanied the cooperation activities with our Ethiopian partners at the beginning of 2021. Despite the adverse circumstances, we have been encouraged by the fact that Samuel Kidane Haile, a doctoral student from Mekelle University, was able to start his research visit as a Herzog-Ernst fellow at the newly established Centre for Transcultural Studies in June. While in Gotha, he is conducting research on holdings of the Perthes Collection for his project "Bambilo Milash, Alawha Milash and Marab Milash in the Setting of Ethiopian History: A Geohistory of Northern Ethiopia in the 18th and 19th Centuries" which will form a part of his doctoral project. At the same time, Aychegrew Hadera Hailu arrived in Gotha as a Herzog-Ernst fellow working on his project “A History of the Qemant.” Until 2019, Aychegrew Hadera Hailu was an Assistant Professor at Mekelle University and played a crucial role in developing the partnership between our institutions. He is now working at Bahir Dar University, so his visit also contributes to the expansion of our recently initiated collaboration with that university as well.
Images: Welcoming the Herzog-Ernst-Fellowships holders 2021 © Claudia Berger