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Title:Language, power and society: orality and literacy in the Horn of Africa
Editor:Barnes, Cedric
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Geographic terms:Northeast Africa
East Africa
Subjects:oral history
oral traditions
historical sources
oral poetry
conference papers (form)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjac20/18/1
Abstract:This special issue contains papers presented at a workshop entitled 'Language, power and society: orality and literacy in the Horn of Africa', held on 17 and 18 July 2003 and hosted by the Centre of African Studies and the Department of Africa, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Following the introduction by Cedric Barnes and Tim Carmichael, Donald Crummey examines the case of Ethiopian land records; Tim Carmichael explores the literacy-orality interface in Ethiopian governance between 1910 and 1950; Alessandro Triulzi looks at the oral origins and political motivations of two written documents drafted by the Oromo rulers of Leeqaa-Naqamtee in western Ethiopia at the turn of the 19th century; Lee Cassanelli examines local Somali history writing in the travel narrative of Charles Guillain (1846-1848); John R. Campbell investigates aspects of local discourse and Western ethnographic representation, focusing on the Luo of Kenya and Uganda; Richard Reid is concerned with the portrayal of conflict through the written word and oral recollection, and the popular perception of war over time, focusing on Ethiopia and Eritrea between the 18th and the 20th centuries; Cedric Barnes looks at the remembrance of conflict, focusing on Somali 'gubo' poetry and the aftermath of the Dervish wars in Somalia; John William Johnson argues that in Somalia's historically oral society the spread of literacy has affected the ways that poetry is memorized and circulated, but not composed; Ben Knighton uses the example of the 'performance of prayer' in Karamojong society (Uganda) to emphasize the dynamic aspects of orality and its myriad roles in effecting consensual political relations. [ASC Leiden abstract]