Publication launched in Gondar

Following the conference “Cultures of Democracy” that took place in April last year, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the University of Gondar launched the compendium of the respective presentations and articles on January 11th 2018 at the Makaki Campus in Gondar.

The volume is edited by Dr. Sonja John, Assistant Professor for Civics and Ethical Studies and Dr. Busha Taa, Associate Professor of Sociology, both at the University of Gondar, as well as Dr. Dagnachew Assefa, publisher of numerous articles on philosophy and politics. Dr. Dessalegn Mengesha, President of the University of Gondar, opened the launch event.

The publication consists of eleven articles on various aspects of democratic culture in Ethiopia. They demonstrate that democracy is a very Ethiopian concept, as elements can be found in public institutions like written rules and regulations, but also in private habits, indigenous traditions, highly recognized cultural positions or even transmitted in local music.

The publication aims to encourage first and foremost students to discover in detail the roots of democracy. The publication is available at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Gondar.