'; ICES20 at Mekelle University: 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies
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20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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FORMS OF COMMUNICATION AND NON-COMMUNICATION IN LAND USE MANAGEMENT [Abstract ID: 0305-14]

Günther SCHLEE, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle

Taking up recent work at the department ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social anthropology, the paper wants to examine information flow between government agents at various levels and the people affected by agricultural policies. These policies include the re-dedication of the land which so far local communities have used and managed, to other purposes. Examples are taken from Beni Shangul – Gumuz, Gambella and the Lower Omo region. Mechanisms of immunization will be identified, which exclude whole domains of local knowledge and the successful articulation of interests of local citizens and other segments of the general public from that part of the public sphere which is controlled by the state. Occasional comparisons with Sudan will show that this is not just an Ethiopian problem but a regional if not a continental one.