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Scientific staff

Jean-Nicolas BACH holds a PhD in political science (University of Bordeaux, Les Afriques dans le Monde). He has been working on politics in Ethiopia and has conducted research programs on the Horn of Africa. He was the coordinator of the CEDEJ Branch in Khartoum (Umifre) between 2016 and 2020. Recent publications : Sudan année zéro, Soleb-Bleu Autour, 2020 ; Routledge Handbook of the Horn of Africa, co-ed, Routledge, 2022. He has been director of Cfee since September 2022.
See his page on Academia
Contact : direction ( a )

Secrétaire scientifique
Anne-Lise GOUJON has a PhD in Archaeology-Ethnology (Université Paris-Nanterre, 2021). She is working on pre-monotheist medieval societies of the Horn of Africa, through the study of megalithic practices and ceramic traditions. She joined the CFEE in september 2021.
Voir sa page sur ResearchGate.
Contact : anne-lise.goujon ( a )


Marie BRIDONNEAU has a PhD in Geography (University Paris Nanterre, 2013), she is an Assistant Professor at the University Paris-Nanterre, at the LAVUE laboratory (UMR 7218). She is working on urban dynamics in Ethiopia and Eritrea (involuntary displacements, small towns, urban peripheries, rights to the city), and heritage construction (economic and political dimension of heritage dynamics). She is the director of the CFEE since September 2018.
See her personal page.
Contact : direction ( a )

Antoine GARRIC is a stone cutter, assistant Engineer at CNRS. After 8 years of working at the restoration of historical monuments in France, he spent 16 years with the responsibility for the reconstruction of the Karnak Temple Complex, in Egypt. At the CFEE he contributes to the restoration, conservation, and valorization of the Lalibela rock-hewn churches and assists archaeologists in the study of other rock-hewn and megalithic sites. As a specialist in photogrammetry, he is responsible for the production of orthophotographies of excavated sites and monuments. As part of transversal actions and knowledge transfer, he will conduct training in stone cutting techniques, the production of mortars, and experimental archaeology. He joined the CFEE in September 2020.
Contact : antoine.garric ( a )

Pierre GUIDI holds a PhD in history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and is a senior researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD).
After researching the role of education in the construction of the Ethiopian nation, he is currently working on the history of women’s education and activism in contemporary Ethiopia. He is chief-editor of the journal Cahiers de la recherche sur l’éducation et les savoirs, and member of the editorial boards of Sources. Materials & Fieldwork in African Studies, Annales d’Ethiopie, and Paedagogica Historica. Currently on assignment at the CFEE, he is a member of the research collective "Locations of Women Voices and Power in Ethiopia", which conducts its activities at the CFEE and at Addis Ababa University.
Contact : pierre.guidi ( a )

Caroline ROBION-BRUNNER has a PhD in Archaeology (Université de Genève, 2008), she is a CNRS researcher HDR at Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès and TRACES laboratory (UMR 5608). She is a specialist in metallurgy of Africa and analyzes technical, economic, and social behaviors related to the production of metals. She has conducted research in Dogon country (Mali) and in Dendi (Benin). Since 2013, she is the director of a research program in paleometallurgy in Togo/Benin/Ghana. Her research involves ethnohistory, archaeological survey, excavation, and laboratory analyses (archaeometry, dating, anthracology). Her aim is to better understand the development of metallurgical processes and their societal and environmental impacts. She joined the CFEE in September 2020.
See her page on ResearchGate and HAL.
Contact : caroline.robion-brunner ( a )

Administrative and technical staff

Office manager : ABERA SOLOMON.
Contact : administration ( a )

Accounting manager : HANNA SIYUM TADESSE.
Contact : comptabilite ( a )

Regional accountant (located at the French Institute of Khartoum) : David MICALEFF.

Contact : secretariat ( a )

Librarian assistant : ABEBAYE MEKONNEN.




Associated researchers of the CFEE

 AHMED HASSEN OMER is an historian at Addis Ababa University and a former director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies.
Contact : ahmed.hassen ( a )

 ALEBACHEW BELAY has a PhD in Archaeology from Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, he is specialized in the study of megalithism.
Contact : alex.belay7 ( a )

 BEHAILU HABTE ENDALEW has a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, he is specialized in lithic technology.
See his Traces page
Contact : behailuhabte ( a )

 Guillaume BLANC is an assistant professor at Université Rennes 2. His researches focus on global government of humans and human nature, in contemporary Africa in general, and in Ethiopia in particular.
See his personal page
Contact : guillaume_blanc ( a )

 Jean-Renaud BOISSERIE is a palaeontologist at the CNRS and specialist of the evolution of African large mammals, working in Ethiopia since 2000, and leading the Omo Group Research Expedition/Paleoanthropology mission in the Omo since 2006.
See his page on Palevoprim site
Contact : jean.renaud.boisserie ( a )

 Giulia BONACCI is historian, researcher at IRD / URMIS, and she develops her research at the interface between Ethiopia and its Diasporas (19th-21st centuries). She studies intellectual history, political imagination and cultural practices, and she is particularly interested in issues of migration, citizenship and transnationalism. Her current projects are related to slavery in Ethiopia, Cuba-Ethiopia relations ; and Pan Africanism.
See here personal page and her page on Academia
Contact : giulia.bonacci ( a )

 Claire BOSC-TIESSÉ is historian and historian of art, researcher at the CNRS in the Institut des mondes africains (UMR 8171), and scientific advisor and the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA).
See her INHA page
Contact : claire.bosc-tiesse ( a )

 Jean-François BRETON is historian and archaeologist, State doctor, honorary researcher at the CNRS in the Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité laboratory (ArScAn, UMR 7041) in the Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie (MAE) of Nanterre. He is former cultural attaché in Sanaa, Asmara and Djibouti and former director of the CFEE (2012-2014).
Contact : breton.jeanfrancois2015 ( a )

 Amélie CHEKROUN is historian, researcher at the CNRS in the Institut de recherches et d’études sur les mondes arabes et musulmans (Iremam – UMR 7310, Aix-Marseille Université). She is working on the Muslim communities of the Horn of Africa at the Middle Age period. She had been Scientific Project Manager at the CFEE (2017).
See her Iremam page
Contact : ameliechekroun ( a )

 Marie-Laure DERAT is historian, senior researcher at the CNRS in the Orient et Méditerranée laboratory (UMR 8167). She is director of the Archaeological Mission Lalibela.
See her personal page
Contact : ml.derat ( a )

 DERESSE AYENACHEW is historian. He is member of the ERC Horn East program, affiliated with the IREMAM laboratory (UMR 7310) of the University Aix-Marseille.
See his personal page
Contact : deresea ( a )

 EDEGILIGN HAILU has a PhD in Geography from the University Paris-Nanterre.
Contact : yetemgetu ( a )

 Jean-François FAÜ is historian. He is director of the Cultural Department of the Université Senghor in Alexandrie.
Contact : jfrancois.fau ( a )

 François-Xavier FAUVELLE is historian and archaeologist of Africa at the Université de Toulouse (France) and Professor at the Collège de France. He is former director of the CFEE (2006-2009) and has initiated several research programs in Ethiopia, particularly on medieval Islam.
See his Academia page
Contact : francois.xavier.fauvelle ( a )

 Eloi FICQUET is anthropologist and historian, assistant professor at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux (CéSoR).
Contact : Eloi.Ficquet ( a )

 Emmanuel FRITSCH is historian and member of the Capuchin Franciscan Research and Retreat Center (CFRRC).
Contact : emmanuelcssp ( a )

 Margaux HERMAN is historian. She is associate researcher of the IMAF and the coordinator of the CFEE’s program “Women and gender in the Horn of Africa”.
See her Academia page
Contact : margauxherman ( a )

 HILUF BERHE is doctor in Archaeology. He is assistant professor at Mekelle University.
Contact : hilufgreece ( a )

 Makeda KETCHAM is anthropologist, journalist, and documentary maker.
Contact : makeda.ketcham ( a )

 Mehdi LABZAÉ has a PhD in political sciences from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is a sociologist with a research focus on land policies and political interactions in different regions of Ethiopia.
See his Academia page
Contact : mehdi.labzae ( a )

 Anaïs LAMESA has a PhD in History from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a DIM-Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux post-doctoral researcher in the Mondes Sémitiques team of UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée. She is working on rock-hewn sites from Middle Ages to modern times.
See her Academia page
To learn more about her research project Troglopie and her film documentary project Troglopie Film
Contact : anais.lamesa ( a )

 Joséphine LESUR is assistant professor in Zooarchaeology at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (Paris) within the AASPE laboratory “Archéozoologie, archéobotanique. Sociétés, pratiques et environnements” (UMR 7209 – CNRS / MNHN).
See her personnal page
Contact : jolesur ( a )

Clément MÉNARD has a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology (University Toulouse Jean Jaurès) and director of the Museum of Prehistory at Tautavel. He conducts research on the prehistoric societies of the Horn of Africa at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition.
See his page on ResearchGate.
Contact : clement.menard ( a )

 Romain MENSAN is an archaeologist, fellow researcher of the Traces laboratory (UMR 5608).
See his page on ResearchGate
Contact : mensrom ( a )

 METASEBIA BEKELE has a PhD in Archaeology and is the founding director of the Association for Conservation of Culture. He is working on megalithism and societies from southern Ethiopia.
Contact : metasebiabe ( a )

 Thomas OSMOND is an anthropologist.
See his ResearchGate page
Contact : osmond_thomas ( a )

 Camille PELLERIN is doctor in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
See her Academia page
Contact : camillelouise.pellerin ( a )

 Constance PERRIN-JOLY has a PhD in Sociology (Université Paris 5, 2009) and is an assistant professor at Université Paris 13, IRIS. She is a specialist of the sociology of labour, See her page on IRIS website.
Contact : cperrinjoly (a)

 Sabine PLANEL is a researcher at the IRD in the Institut des mondes africains (UMR 8171-243). She works in political geography, mainly on rural communities, agricultural development and on the authoritarian fact.
See her personal page
Contact : sabine.planel ( a )

 SHIFERAW BEKELE is Professor Emeritus of Ethiopian History at Addis Ababa University.
Contact : shifbekele ( a )

 Wolbert G.C. SMIDT is a doctor in historical and political anthropology. He is a researcher at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, assistant professor in ethnohistory at Mekelle University (Department of Anthropology), together with Eloi Ficquet co-director of the Franco-German project "Ethiomap", and a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).
See his personal page
Contact : wolbert.smidt ( a )

 Anaïs WION is a historian, a researcher at the CNRS, in the Institut des Mondes Africains (UMR 8171). She worked at the CFEE as a researcher (2012-2015). She is studying the writing practices in Christian Ethiopia during the medieval and modern period ; the power-sharing question, especially concerning the property issues ; the history of Aksum ; the use of digital technology in editing and analyzing texts.
See her personal page
Contact : anais.wion ( a )

 YONAS BEYENE is doctor is Prehistoric Archaeology. He is member of the Association for Conservation of Culture.
Contact : ( a )

Affiliated PhD candidates

 AGAZI TIUMELISSAN is a PhD candidate in social sciences at EHESS. His thesis is tentatively titled "Space, territory and identity - mobilisation among peri-urban youth in Ethiopia"
Contact : agaziti ( a )

 ALEXANDER ASMELASH BARAKI is a PhD candidate in social sciences at EHESS. His thesis is tentatively titled "Mobilization of Tigrayan and Eritrean upper middle class in the making and unmaking the Ethio-Eritrean Border"
Contact : alexanderasmelashbaraki ( a )

 Martina AMBU is a PhD student at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in the Orient et Méditerranée laboratory (UMR 8167).
See her Academia page
Contact : martina.ambu91 ( a )

 GETANEH WUDENEH CHEMEDA s a PhD candidate in social sciences at EHESS. His thesis is tentatively titled "The socio-geography of Oromo activists of Ambo areas"
Contact : wudenehgetaneh ( a )

 Morgann Barbara PERNOT is a PhD candidate in sociology and anthropology at EHESS, affiliated to Iris (UMR 8156) and Institut Convergence Migrations
See her page on the IRIS and IC Migrations websites.
Contact : morgann ( dot ) pernot ( a )

 Manon ROUTHIAU is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, in the Traces laboratory (UMR 5608).
Contact : manon_routhiau ( a )