The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
Lecture - Modernist architecture and the global politics of heritage management: the case of Asmara, Eritrea
Tuesday 8th November 2016
5:00pm in the Seminar Room, at the African Studies Centre, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford, OX2 6LH.
The lecture is part of the Horn of Africa Seminar Series run by the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.
Perched on a rocky highland plateau 2,300m above sea level, Asmara may seem an unlikely location for an architectural masterpiece, but Eritrea's capital is home to an array of iconic buildings, such as the Fiat Tagliero petrol station.
The locally-based Asmara Heritage Project (AHP) is currently preparing an application to UNESCO for the city to be accepted onto the World Heritage List.
Dr Edward Denison has studied the architectural heritage of Asmara for two decades and is assisting the AHP in compiling the nomination dossier to be presented to UNESCO in 2016.
The Horn of Africa Seminar brings together students and scholars interested in examining the region from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective. This term, the seminar will look at a variety of issues, including memory and identity in the context of Somalia's civil war, and a range of Ethiopian themes: Islam and the state; the recent Oromo protest movement and responses to land appropriation. By hosting lectures by experienced researchers alongside post-graduates, and by mixing academic and policy research, the organisers hope to come to a shared, factually informed and politically relevant understanding of trends in the region.
The event is free to attend and no prior registration is required, all are welcome.