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The Team

Scientific staff

Marie Bridonneau has a PhD in Geography (University Paris Nanterre, 2013), she is 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 )

Scientific Project Manager
Clément Ménard has a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology (University Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, TRACES laboratory, UMR 5608) in 2015. He works 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 : secretariat.scientifique ( a )

CNRS research fellow appointed to the CFEE
Constance Perrin-Joly has a PhD in Sociology (Université Paris 5, 2009), specialist of sociology of labour, assistant professor at Université Paris 13, IRIS. On September 1, 2017, she has been granted a CNRS delegation in order to join the CFEE.
See her page on IRIS website.
Contact : cperrinjoly (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) : Myriam Labrousse-Mansour.

Secretary : Tinsae Eskender.
Contact :

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. He is director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa University).
Contact : ahmed.hassen ( a )

- Guillaume Blanc is assistant professor at Université Rennes 2. His researches focuses 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 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/Paleoanthropologic mission in the Omo since 2006.
See his Palevoprim page
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 Academia page
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). She is co-director of the Archaeological Mission Lalibela.
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 co-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 )

- 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 )

- 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 )

- Thomas Osmond is 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 )

- Sabine Planel is 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.
Contact : sabine.planel ( a )
See her personal page

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

- Anaïs Wion is historian, 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 the Christian Ethiopia during 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 analysing texts.
See her personal page
Contact : anais.wion ( a )

- Yonas Beyene is doctor is Prehistoric Archaeology. He is member of the Association for Research and Conservation of Culture, based in Hawassa.
Contact : ( a )

Associate PhD candidates of the CFEE

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

- Edegilign Hailu is PhD candidate in Geography at Université Paris-Nanterre, in the LAVUE laboratory (UMR 7218).
Contact : yetemgetu ( 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 )

- Mehdi Labzaé is PhD candidate in Political sciences at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (CESSP, UMR 8209).
See his Academia page
Contact : mehdi.labzae ( a )