Ad Hoc Lecture in Medieval Women's Studies

"Challenging Social Norms: Ethiopian Women in the Medieval Era"

Presented by Yamrot Teshome
Ph.D. Student, Gender Studies, ASU

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:00am
Coor Hall, Room 4403
ASU Tempe Campus
Free and open to the public

Using oral and written historical narratives about Ethiopian women during the medieval periods, I explore the ways in which women have challenged gender, ethnic, class, religious and other social norms, and roles. Ethiopian women have resisted colonial powers and external forces during times of war and exercised power in different social contexts. I also discuss how they have been written about both by national and international authors that have written during these historical periods. In addition, women’s indigenous knowledge systems, their intellectual efforts and decision-making in the public and private sphere that were not considered knowledge or history point towards narratives that have largely been ignored in mainstream Ethiopian history. Therefore, focusing on few selected women, I attempt to trace these largely ignored and often undocumented histories of Ethiopian women in the medieval period.