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HOW TO READ AFRICAN ARCHITECTUREThe example of Addis Ababa, Ethiopian capital, as a symbol of power from Haile Selassie to Abiy Ahmed

Thursday, 25 April, 6 p. m.

Lecturer: Hanna Rubinkowska-Anioł, Dr. Hab., Professor

*the lecture is in English

The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has played an important role as a symbol of power since it was established in late 19th cent. Its history and its meaning today in political, social and economic life are valuable points of reference for researchers of Ethiopian history as well as social and political issues.

The aim of the presentation is to analyze some examples of urban and architectural layouts proposed over the decades and the role they played for the capital’s inhabitants. Also, how they represent the changes in Ethiopian politics. The main focus will be on how the political message is delivered by the structure of the city and how it has changed over the decades.

About the lecturer

Dr Hana Rubinkovska AniolHanna Rubinkowska-Anioł, Dr. Hab., Professor – (1997) M.A. in Cultural Studies, University of Warsaw, specializing in African Studies – Ethiopian Studies. Title of the master’s thesis: ‟Haile Selassie’s Life and Reign in Light of Ethiopian and Euro-American historiography”. Thesis written under the supervision of Professor Dr Hab. Joanna Mantel-Niećko. In 2005, she earned her PhD in History from the Faculty of History, University of Warsaw. The title of her doctoral dissertation is ‟The Reign of Zewditu, the Empress of Ethiopia, from 1916 to 1930”, and ti was written under the supervision of Professor Dr Hab. Bronisław Nowak (2017, Polish Academy of Science). Professor Hanna Rubinkowska-Anioł is an Africanist-historian, professor at the Department of African Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw; long-term chairwoman, currently deputy chairperson of the Polish African Society, member of the board of the Polish Institute of World Art Studies. Her scholarly interest are the history of modern Ethiopia, especially Ethiopian political culture, above all with the symbolism and legitimisation of power from the end of the 19th century to the present. She also explores iconographic representations of power and spaces of power, as well as power in space (in terms of long duration).

The lecture is realized with the support of the Polish Institute in Serbia.

Entrance is free.


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