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'Borders, frontiers, crossroads. Making the Sudanese-Ethiopian borderland'

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The borderland between Sudan and Ethiopia, unlike many in Sub-Saharan Africa, is an ancient one. Different societies, communities and States have perceived it and experienced it in different, often incompatible ways: as a permeable, fluid space or as a neat boundary. In this talk, I will examine not so much the diverse conceptualizations of the borderland, as its practical materializations: how people actually make the borderland as a crossroads, as a border or as a frontier. I will adopt a non-linear, long term perspective to make sense of the last two thousand years in the area.

This talk is part of the Centre of African Studies Michaelmas Seminars series.

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