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The Team

Scientific staff

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 )

Secrétaire scientifique
Clément Ménard has a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology (University Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, TRACES UMR 5608, 2015). He conducts research on the prehistoric societies of the Horn of Africa at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. He joined the CFEE in February 2018.
See his page on ResearchGate.
Contact : clement.menard ( 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 )

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 )

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.

Secretary : Tinsae Eskender.
Contact : secretariat ( a )

Librarian assistant : Abebaye Mekonnen.

Driver : Temechache Yifru.

Technicians : Gizesh Denbu and Godana Wolde Yohannes.

Gatekeepers : Alehegn Berihun, Assefa Sisay and Hailu Kebede.

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 )

- 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-Tessié 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 is a lecturer at the École normale supérieure in Paris. He is a sociologist with a research focus on land policies and political interactions in southwestern 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 )

- 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 )

- Wolbert G. C. Smidt is a doctor in historical and political anthropology. He is an associated professor in ethnohistory at Mekelle University, and associated researcher at the Research Center Goth, Erfurt University, and a member of the Ethiomap project - Forschungszentrum Gotha.
See his personal page
Contact : wolbertsmidt ( 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 )

Associate PhD candidates of the CFEE

- Alebachew Belay is PhD candidate in History at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, in the Traces laboratory (UMR 5608).
See his Traces page
Contact : alex.belay7 ( a )

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

- Behailu Habte is PhD candidate in Prehistoric Archaeology at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, in the Traces laboratory (UMR 5608).
See his Traces page
Contact : behailuhabte ( a )

- Anne-Lise Goujon is PhD candidate in Archaeology at Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La-Défense, in the Préhistoire et technologie laboratory (PréTech, UMR 7055).
Contact : goujon.annelise ( a )

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