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The Network of Oromo Studies 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 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 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


Award session 

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