9.04 Giulia Bonacci; Hillina Seife

Revisiting Ethiopianism. Representations, circulations and local practices of "Ethiopia"

Ethiopianism emerged in the 17th century, peaked in the late 19th and early 20th century and has taken a number of different forms and meanings. As a field of research, Ethiopianism is positioned between different geographic areas and time periods. An enduring ideology, it was manifested in churches, congregations, political manifestos, racial identifications and messianic interpretations. Ethiopianism keeps changing and evolving through space and time. Various sources in the USA, the Caribbean, Southern Africa and, of course, Ethiopia, testify to this growth. The aim of this panel is to bring together scholars who could contribute to a renewed analysis of this phenomenon by shedding light on its representations, its circulations and the change it brought to local practices, be they political, religious or cultural. In particular, papers studying little-known sources, actors or social practices of Ethiopianism are solicited. Historiographical references on Ethiopianism being out-dated for the most part, this panel hopes to present new data, and contribute to shape precisely a field of research not yet exhausted.


Dr. BACH Jean-Nicolas Claiming the State to access power: Ethiopianness and contemporary politics
Dr. MACLEOD Erin C. ET in JA: Representations of Ethiopian faith and culture in Jamaica 
Ms. RUTKOWSKA Martyna Ethiopia and Africa as a source of identity and pride: the case of Rasta art
Dr. YATES Brian J. Ethiopianisms from within? Understanding the role of Pan-Ethiopian culture in the making of the modern state