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Territories at war. Disputed and shared territories in Ethiopia 
Sabine Planel (IRD - Institut de Recherches pour le Développement)
Fana Gebresenbet Erda (Institute for Peace and Security Studies)
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Politics and International Relations (x) Violence and Conflict Resolution (y)
Philosophikum, S76
Friday 2 June, -, Saturday 3 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Conflicts and the war striking nowadays Ethiopia encompass a multi-layered political crisis. Tackling it from a territorial perspective allows to understand political disputes. Conquest or occupation dynamics; feelings of belonging and claims will be scrutinized through field-based observations.

Long Abstract:

Conflicts and the war that strike Ethiopian territories for few years back, but especially since November 2020 encompass a multi-layered and regionally diversified political crisis. Tackling politics from a territorial-based perspective allows a comprehensive understanding of what political contention and negotiation are truly made of, apprehending the materiality of space, long-term territory formation and war-time short term dynamics and events.

Drawing on recent scholarly work on civil wars, we consider the Ethiopian civil war as the violent competition of social orders, entailing heterogeneous and competing territorial constructs, chronologies, and subjectivities. In this panel we narrow our analytical angle on territorialised contention and its historical makings, political uses, and social grounds. By doing so we seek to comprehend how the war led to and results from specific territorialisation processes.

Carefully documenting the conflicts stands as the panel's main objective. We consider contemporary assertions should rely on local and ground-based observations rather than on ideological statements. Panellists from every field of social sciences are invited to focus on very recent war-related territorial shifts, documented through field-works observation. As a consequence, we expect qualitative and recent material to be presented.

Any dimension of territorial-based contention would be accepted, but appropriation, conquest or occupation dynamics; feelings of belonging or administrative claims are particularly expected for discussion. Collectively analysing of the role and uses of violence in the contemporary making of Ethiopian territories, and for example the way it reshapes political and territorial centrality, stands as our second objective.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Saturday 3 June, 2023, -